Steamboat Springs The Soroco High School girls basketball doesn’t quite have depth.
The bottom half of the team’s varsity roster is something Rams coach David Bruner said he hopes to firm up early this month as the team dives back into play and prepares for Western Slope League action.
“We have about four girls fighting for our seventh spot,” he said.
So it’s not depth. It’s more like width.
The Rams are spread out in a way they haven’t been in years with five starters, all of whom are capable of big nights and four of whom already have recorded them.
They’re not deep, but there sure are a lot of girls gathered at the top of the roster.
“It’s nice, and they’re really unselfish,” Bruner said. “They’re willing to give it up to the open person. They’ve been really good at that.”
Soroco has had four leading scorers in just six games this season, and this isn’t like one different player scoring six points and everyone else adding four. No, Briana Peterson has scored in double digits every game so far. Freshman DaKota Bruner has only six games of high school ball under her belt and already has scored more than 20 points twice.
Jacey Schlegel, the team’s only senior, scored 20 in the season opener against Rangely, and Jessica Rossi had 21 against North Park and has scored in double figures in every game but one.
Add to that Hayley Johnson, who missed most of the first part of the season with an elbow injury, and the Rams are five deep with scorers who can go big on any given night.
“It makes it where we won’t see a lot of box-in-one because we have at least four girls who can score 20 in a night,” David Bruner said. “That’s hard for other teams to prepare for when all of our girls can shoot from anywhere.”
The Rams hope to shoot well this weekend as they take aim at South Park, 2-3, in a 4:30 p.m. Friday home game, then travel to face West Grand, 5-2, at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Rams are coming off a 78-25 win Monday against Beth Eden Baptist that bumped them to 5-1.
It’s a pivotal weekend for both the boys and girls teams as they each hope to maintain the momentum they built in December.
The boys, 4-1, play the same schedule at 6 p.m. Friday against 3-2 South Park and Saturday against 6-1 West Grand.
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