Oak Creek It took the Soroco High School girls basketball team nearly three quarters to get there, but once they did, it took them 90 seconds to separate themselves from Vail Christian on Wednesday night in Oak Creek.
The Rams held a small lead through most of the game but exploded for 11 quick points in the final 90 seconds of the third quarter and the first moments of the fourth, putting a gap on the Saints that made all the difference.
Soroco went on to win, 58-41.
“We shot the ball better,” Soroco coach David Bruner said. “They slowed the game down in the first half and did a pretty good job at it, but we were able to start getting up and down the floor, and that’s what we need to do to be successful.”
The Rams led 34-31 when Hayley Johnson helped start the game-deciding spurt with a free throw. Jessica Rossi added two more, and Jacey Schlegel and DaKota Bruner each sank 3-pointers.
Rossi scored again early in the fourth quarter, and in a flash, the lead was comfortable at 45-31.
Schlegel had a big night for the Rams, scoring 24 points. Bruner had 11, Johnson had 9 and Rossi had 8.
For Vail Christian, Jessie Hartley had 13 and Kristen Currey had 12.
“We got tired,” Vail coach Doug Bruce said. “They wore us down. I was really proud of the girls, the way we played the whole game.
“Soroco’s a really good team. In this league, they’re probably the third-best team behind Paonia and Meeker.”
Soroco next hits the road to play Friday at Belleview Christian, a game David Bruner said should be a good test.
“It’s a good game for us to go down and see where we’re at,” he said.