Soroco girls basketball to meet Hayden again Tuesday

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— They have done it twice before, so why the heck not a third time.

The Soroco and Hayden High School girls basketball teams will tangle for a third time at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hayden, this time in the opening round of the district tournament.

The Tigers won the first game by 17 points and the second by 10.

But the Rams, fresh off a meaningless 53-46 win Saturday at home against Battle Mountain, insist the third time will be different.

If nothing else, it should provide for an intriguing matchup.

“The girls are excited about the third time,” Soroco coach David Bruner said. “They have a lot more to lose than we do. Tuesday, it should be fun.”

But before the Rams could look down the road at their cross-county rivals, the team had a little bit of self-pride to play for Saturday.

The Rams led the entire way, despite the Huskies making push after push.

Soroco led 25-13 after one quarter and 36-32 heading into the fourth.

Battle Mountain did all it could to get back into the game, even cutting the Soroco lead to 42-39 at the 3 minute, 54 second mark of the fourth quarter.

But the Rams did what they had to from the free-throw line, making 11 of 22 in a fourth quarter that saw 41 free-throw attempts, to get the win.

The win gave Soroco its 12th regular-season win of the year, the most the team has had since the 1999 year.

“That’s important,” Bruner said. “We’re moving in the right direction. It’s the third season in a row we’ve had a winning team.”

The Rams got plenty of balance Saturday. Lindsay Miles led the way with 18 points. Jacey Schlegel had 14, and Madison George scored 13.

Now, the Rams have Monday to prep for their main rival, one they haven’t beat this year.

“They can expect us playing as hard as we can,” Miles said. “We have to make shots and not turn the ball over against their press.”

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