No story book ending as Cougars slip past Rams in regional playoff nail-biter
March 2, 2018
It wasn't the ending the Soroco had hoped for in Limon, but Rams coach David Bruner said the experience was everything his girls could have hoped for.
"It was a heck of a game," Bruner said following the Rams 55-50 loss to Burlington in Friday's regional playoff game. "It was fun, there was a great atmosphere, and it was everything we could have hoped for.”
Well, everything but maybe the final score.
Despite getting 19 points from juniors Chloe Veilleux and 12 more from Kayla Wille, the Rams struggled to contain Burlington Cougars taller lineup. Bruner said the team was dominant and despite his team’s scrappy temperament, was able to out rebound the Rams at key points in the game.
However, the game was close all night with the Rams tailing 16-15 at the end of the first quarter and 28-25 at halftime. In the third. Soroco finally took a lead and jumped out front with 38-35. But down the stretch, Burlington hit the big shots in the big moments to come out on top of the back-and-forth battle.
"Our girls have played hard all season, and they played hard on Friday night," Bruner said. "It was a great season, and I’m really proud of these kids. It was a lot of fun.”
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Bruner said the Rams, who finished the season 17-6, have no reason to feel bad. They had a terrific season, and he was overwhelmed by the number of fans who made a five plus hour drive to Limon to support the team and it's quest for a regional title.
"Our fans have been ther for us all season, and the support we got on Friday night was terrific," Bruner said. "We could not have asked for anything more from our fans."
Bruner said the team will lose four seniors this season, but he expects the team will be competitive again next year. The team lost four seniors last season and when the team stepped on the court in November, nobody expected this team to advance to the regional playoffs.
Burlington will advance to the regional final where they will face the winner of the late game between top-seeded Limon and No. 30 Hoehne. The winner will advance to the finals in the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland next weekend.