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Despite an improved performance from their first matchup of the season, the Camp Verde High School girls basketball team fell in the season’s second Verde Valley rivalry game to host Sedona Red Rock High School, 63-28, on Friday, Jan. 27.

When watching the Camp Verde High School wrestlers, the majority united by matching bleach blond hair, it becomes obvious that they are at a level above that of their opponents.

The speed, skill and aggression with which they wrestle would lead spectators to think that the key to their success is hard work, experience and good coaching.

But it’s something else.

The Camp Verde High School boys basketball team threw everything but the kitchen sink at visiting Chino Valley High School in its 66-53 loss on Jan. 19.

At the newly dedicated Dr. Mark J. Westervelt Gymnasium, the Cowboys’ [5-16, 1-4 2A Central] nine-point effort in the first half doomed them.

Defense was the name of the game as Camp Verde High School’s girls basketball team cruised to a 47-18 home victory against Chino Valley High School on Jan. 19.

The Cowboys [14-5, 4-1 2A Central] gave up just six points in the second half en route to the win.

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.

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.

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.

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