Soroco senior Jacey Schlegel and the Rams drew Sangre de Cristo as their first-round state playoffs opponent. The Rams will play Friday at Palisade High School.

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Soroco senior Jacey Schlegel and the Rams drew Sangre de Cristo as their first-round state playoffs opponent. The Rams will play Friday at Palisade High School.

Rams to take on Sangre de Cristo in 1st round of state playoffs

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— The 2A girls basketball state playoff brackets were released Sunday afternoon, and although seedings weren’t announced, the Soroco Rams are heading to Palisade High School on Friday to take on Sangre de Cristo.

Sangre de Cristo finished third in its league play and, at 16-5, is very similar to Soroco in a number of ways, Rams coach David Bruner said.

“They’re similar to us, truthfully,” Bruner said. “They have a couple girls scoring in double figures, and they’re not real big. We should match up well there.”

The Thunderbirds used an 8-1 record in Southern Peak League play to finish third behind Del Norte and Sanford. They are led by junior Abbey Stagner and sophomore Jenna McKinley, who each average 21 points per game combined. As a team, Sangre de Cristo is averaging 52 points per contest.

Soroco is coming off a struggling outing at its district tournament during the weekend, dropping contests to Meeker and Hotchkiss for a fourth-place finish.

But the way the Colorado High School Activities Association squares out, things such as the 2A state bracket can be a mystery at times, the Soroco coach said.

No announced seedings surprised Bruner, and being put in the same corner of the bracket as 2A Western Slope League and District 5 champion Meeker was hard to swallow.

“I was really surprised,” Bruner said. “I didn’t think they’d send us to Palisade with Meeker. They put a lot of teams in their brackets in the same district, which makes no sense, truthfully.”

At this point in the year, most teams matched up in the state playoffs are relatively unfamiliar with one another.

Bruner said the CHSAA website sometimes has game film of opponents, but contacting connections across the state is pivotal.

“It makes it like a beginning a year kind of thing, like when you go into preseason when you don’t know much about them,” Bruner said. “We’ll prepare as much as we can. I know quite a few people out there.

"They played South Park this year and beat them pretty easily," Bruner added. "My assistant coach knows a couple head coaches who’ve played them.”

CHSAA also didn’t release tipoff times for first-round matches, but Bruner speculated it could be about 6 p.m. in Palisade. The winner of the Sangre de Cristo-Soroco game will advance to take on the winner of Meeker-Nucla, two of the Rams’ regular-season foes.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email bingersoll@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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