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Despite a stable start to the first quarter, the pressure brought on by Verde Valley rival Sedona Red Rock High School was too much for Camp Verde High School’s boys basketball team in a 69-51 road defeat on Tuesday, Jan. 9.

The Cowboys [4-7, 0-3 Central Region] struggled to create quality looks at the offensive end on a consistent basis against the No. 15-ranked Scorpions [6-2, 2-1].

The young, No. 6-ranked Camp Verde High School girls basketball team hung around with the veteran, No. 3-ranked Sedona Red Rock High School early on, then fell behind across the middle two quarters en route to a 62-36 Central Region loss on Tuesday, Jan. 9.

Experience proved invaluable, as the Scorpions [7-0, 3-0 Central] continued to attack the Cowboys [10-2, 3-1] with their full-court pressure, eventually imposing their fast-paced style of play and taking the game over.

The No. 6-ranked Camp Verde High School girls basketball team pulled out a 44-40 victory over No. 8 Glendale Preparatory Academy in what was its first tough region contest of the season, Friday, Jan. 5.

The Cowboys [9-1, 2-0 Central] were up by six with a couple minutes remaining, but almost let the victory slip away. They dealt with the Griffins’ [6-3, 1-1] pressure defense throughout the game, but suddenly the added-on pressure of seeing out victory began to cause havoc. Sophomore guard Amanda Lozanilla sealed the win, hitting all three free throws after being fouled beyond the arc.

Another second-half comeback attempt by the Camp Verde High School boys basketball team came up short in the final minute of a 65-59 Central Region loss to Glendale Preparatory Academy on Friday, Jan. 5.

Another slow start at both ends of the floor saw the Cowboys [4-5, 0-1 Central] go down by as many as 16 in the first half, but picked up momentum to before the break to trail 35-25.

Consistency continues to be the missing key to unlocking the Camp Verde High School boys basketball team’s best side brand of play.

Hosting the Yvonne Johnson Memorial tournament on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 29 and 30, the Cowboys [4-4 power-point games] went 2-2 en route to a third place finish.

Click here to read the latest Athlete Q&A, this week with Camp Verde High School senior wrestler Skyler Pike.

Positive results do not always come in the form of wins and losses.

Such was the case for the No. 6-ranked Camp Verde High School girls basketball team’s third place performance at the Yvonne Johnson Memorial tournament Saturday, Dec. 30. The team that has one more year of experience finished one place lower than in 2016.

Nonetheless it was a good final tune-up for the Cowboys [8-1. 1-0 Central Region] as they resume Central Region play on Friday, Jan. 5.

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