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To the casual observer, a 50-19 loss would seem like a poor performance on the losing team’s part. Such was not the case for the young Camp Verde High School girls basketball team.

The truth is that the Cowboys [13-6, 2-1] were tasked with facing off with an undefeated and more experienced Sedona Red Rock High School team.

Camp Verde High School’s 69-38 Verde Valley rivalry home game loss to Sedona Red Rock High School on Jan. 10 was very much a tale of two halves, at least from a defensive standpoint.

Having given up 23 points by halftime, the Cowboys [5-14, 0-2] absorbed the Scorpions’ pressure defense and defended well, but their shooting woes continued to be their downfall.

Click here to see Camp Verde boys and girls basketball scores from Jan. 6

When the Camp Verde High School girls basketball team reached the final of the 19th annual Yvonne Johnson Memorial Shoot-Out on Dec. 30, it had already surpassed head coach Mark Showers’ expectations.

In a repeat matchup from just 25 hours earlier, the Cowboys fell to the Lobos of Many Farms High School 46-22 to take second place in the tournament.

Despite falling 58-48 in the championship game of the 19th annual Yvonne Johnson Memorial Shoot-Out to fellow 2A Central Section rival Northland Preparatory Academy, the Camp Verde High School boys basketball team walked away with a newfound confidence.

In what was the first time there had been a boys side of the tournament since head coach Dan Wall has been at the helm, the Cowboys [4-12] went on a morale-boosting three-game winning streak.

Upcoming Camp Verde High School girls basketball schedule

Heading into the Yvonne Johnson Memorial Tournament, Camp Verde High School head girls basketball coach Mark Showers wanted his team to play opponents different from those they have played so far this season.

In their second round matchup with Many Farms High School on Dec. 29, they got just that.

The Camp Verde High School boys basketball team made a breakthrough on the first day of the Yvonne Johnson Memorial Tournament.

It pulled off a two-game winning streak for the first time all season.

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