The end result, at least on paper, is two losses. The Soroco High School girls basketball team lost Friday night on the road against Paonia, 48-33, and again Saturday at home against Hotchkiss, 61-58, in overtime.
Coach David Bruner said there was more to take from the weekend of games, however.
“We played two good teams in the league, and we hung with them the whole game,” he said. “We can play with these teams now. We’re taking a step where we can play with those good teams. Now it’s taking the next step and winning those close games.”
On Saturday, the team was so close.
DaKota Bruner led the Rams with 18 points and Jacey Schlegel had 14, none more important than a free throw she sank to tie the game with 0.01 seconds remaining. She tied the game on her first shot, but the second rolled in, rolled around and finally out.
Hotchkiss did just enough in overtime to beat Soroco, which played without Briana Peterson, who went down with an injury Friday night.
“We played pretty well,” Bruner said. “Hotchkiss is pretty big and their bigs got to us inside. We had some kids who came off the bench and gave us good minutes defensively.”
Against Paonia, the Rams were neck and neck throughout the game, even leading by three at halftime. The Eagles pulled away in the fourth quarter.
“I was real pleased with our effort,” Bruner said. “Their numbers took over in the second half, but our effort was great. That’s the closest we’ve played them since I’ve been here.”
The girls, 6-3, travel Monday for a game against Longmont Christian.