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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

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.

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.

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.

As if placing fifth overall in Division IV at last year’s AIA State Wrestling Championships was no tall task, the Camp Verde High School wrestling team is shaping up to potentially have an even better season in 2016-17.

The Cowboys had six individual champions en route to winning the third annual Veterans Memorial Invitational, which included 24 teams from Arizona, New Mexico and California on Dec. 16 and 17.

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