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Soroco girls basketball battles back to beat Vail Christian by 1

Ben Ingersoll

Jessica Rossi, left, Kali Constine and Briana Peterson celebrate a basket late in Saturday's win against West Grand. The Rams improved to 13-2 with the win and avenged one of those two losses.

— Wild doesn’t even begin to describe the Soroco High School girls basketball team’s game at Vail Christian on Friday night.

In a matchup that had important league-standing implications, the Rams weathered foul trouble and a hot-shooting Saints team to win on the road, 67-66.

Soroco dug itself into an enormous hole right off the back. The Rams trailed after one quarter, 23-5, and saw its Big 3 of DaKota Bruner, Jessica Rossi and Briana Peterson pick up early fouls.

But Soroco battled back, ripping off 28 second-quarter points as the two teams headed to the locker room tied at 33 apiece.

The Rams were up five points heading into the fourth quarter, but Bruner, Rossi and Peterson each had four fouls. Soroco coach David Bruner said he got major contributions from his relatively thin bench down the stretch to pick up the one-point victory.

“This was probably one of the hardest games we’ve fought in my seven years here,” Bruner said.

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Vail Christian got a jump-ball call with seven seconds left and had a chance at a game-winning shot, but the suffocating Rams defense sunk the Saints’ hopes.

“They played their rear ends off,” Bruner said. “They fight no matter what the score is.”

Peterson fouled out but still finished with a team-high 23 points. Rossi pitched in 12 points, Morgan George had 11 points and DaKota Bruner had nine. Vail Christian freshman Jessie Raitt led all scorers with 33 points.

The Rams have an even bigger contest Saturday at home. They’ll host West Grand, the only team Soroco has lost to thus far in league play. The game begins at 2:30 p.m.

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