Soroco senior Josie Rossi drives into the lane Saturday in the first half of a game against Plateau Valley and scored on the play, helping spark her Rams out of a slump and on to a victory.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Soroco senior Josie Rossi drives into the lane Saturday in the first half of a game against Plateau Valley and scored on the play, helping spark her Rams out of a slump and on to a victory.

Soroco girls basketball overcomes slow start for yet another win

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— Saturday’s showdown between the Soroco High School girls basketball team and the Plateau Valley squad didn’t figure to be a good game, and when all was said and done, it wasn’t.

The Rams had to fight through a lackluster first half, however, before they finished off a 46-26 win.

Jessica Rossi led the Rams with 15 points while Josie Rossi added 10. They helped spark the team after a sluggish first 12 minutes of basketball. Soroco trailed, 8-6, after the first quarter and couldn’t break free most of the way through the second.

“We shot 2 of 16 in the first quarter. Things will be exciting if you shoot that bad,” coach David Bruner said.

Josie Rossi scored six points in the second quarter, though, helping push her team to a lead it never would give up. Soroco led 21-14 at half and only built on that lead.

“I have the confidence I can go drive, so that’s what I was doing,” Rossi said. “I was hoping my energy could pick up some other girls, and it worked. Sometimes we need that.”

The win improves the Rams to 13-5. They return to the court Friday on the road against Hayden, the third matchup of the season between the teams. Soroco won the first two and Friday has a chance to pull off a sweep in a series that until this year has been dominated recently by Hayden.

“We’re expecting a tough game. It’s always a tough game against Hayden,” Bruner said.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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