Steamboat Springs Three games in three days to open a basketball season can wear a group of varsity girls out, especially a group already battling inexperience and a few injuries.
When the Soroco High School girls basketball team led by just two points, 17-15, after the first quarter in Saturday’s game against Rangely, Rams coach David Bruner let his team hear about it.
Bruner’s message was heard loud and clear, and the Rams used the remaining three quarters to dismantle Rangely, 58-35, to improve to 2-1 on the season.
“We talked to the girls about how we are going to define our team early in the year,” Bruner said. “We were a little sluggish to start the game. We didn’t have any energy. It looked like our first game.”
An eight-point lead at the half quickly swelled to 15 heading into the fourth quarter. A strong second half on both ends of the court was the difference.
Jacey Schlegel led all scorers with 20 points, Soroco’s third different leading scorer in a game this year. DaKota Bruner tacked on 15 more with four three-pointers, and Briana Peterson dropped 13 on Rangely. Jessica Rossi also had 10.
“I’m really pleased with the way those four are coming around offensively,” Bruner said. “It shows we can do some different things, scoring wise.”
Bruner said the Rams also should have some extra pieces coming back next week that they were missing in their season-opening weekend.
It was a successful three-game stretch, all things considered, but the Soroco coach said his squad won’t be satisfied heading into its next game at home against North Park at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
“We have tons of work to do,” Bruner said. “If we want to be a good team, a top-four team in our league, we have to work at it. We got a good start at it.”
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