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Rams rumble into regional finals

Soroco High School Rams

The Soroco High School girls basketball team did Friday what it's done each of the past two seasons: won in the regional tournament semifinals to advance to the championship.

The Rams beat Highland 60-51 Friday at Coal Ridge High School to earn a third consecutive trip to the regional title game.

Given that consistency, the other thing the team accomplished is also impressive.

For the eighth consecutive season, the Rams improved their record. The win was their 20th of the season, surpassing last year's 19 wins and marking the first time since the mid 1990s Soroco has won 20 or more basketball games.

"That's another goal off the goal sheet," coach David Bruner said. "The girls fought hard. We made a lot of mistakes, but they made more than we did."

Soroco held a small lead early but was able to expand upon it as the game went on, until it was comfortably ahead by 14 points at the end of the third quarter. The Rams had hoped to take advantage of their quick pace to disrupt the more deliberate Highland.

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That worked out exactly as planned.

"They got tired," Bruner said. "They threw some errant passes when they got tired. We pressed them, got some turnovers and got some space."

Soroco got 24 points from Briana Peterson and 10 from Devyn Pryor.

The team now faces its biggest hurdle of the season, a game against Paonia in the regional championship. The Rams and Eagles square off at 2 p.m. Saturday in Rifle. The winner advances to next week's state championship in Pueblo.

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