Thu, April 09

CV girls claim third YJ Tourney title

VVN/Jared Dort

AMY Showers weaves through two Flagstaff defenders during the final game.

Sticking with this theme, winning and losing is not important — it’s all about playing.

That doesn’t change the fact that his girls basketball team doesn’t like to lose, especially in front of the home fans. Through the first 14 games of the season, Camp Verde has lost only twice. None of those losses came on its own home turf.

The YJ Shootout was no different. The Cowboys breezed through the first three games to position themselves for a third title.

Red Mesa was the first team to fall. Amy Showers had 23 points, Laura Lee Oros posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Dana Riley added 15 boards in the 55-40 win.

Cortez, a 4A school, was next in the pool play. Although a little off target, Showers still led the way with 12 points. Dana Riley added 10 and both Morgan Boler and Oros contributed with eight points. Oros was a monster on the glass with 13 rebounds.

Camp Verde won the contest 49-30 to advance to the semifinals of the championship bracket, where it would meet Blue Ridge, a tough 3A squad from the North. Showers’ 21 led all scorers and Oros’ six blocks and 14 rebounds were instrumental in the 47-41 win. Riley also recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards.

The win pitted Camp Verde against 4A Flagstaff in the title game. Like seven times previously, playing at home would prove to be a tremendous advantage. The Cowboys capitalized on a 21-10 run in the second quarter after taking a five-point lead. Showers caught fire early, scoring nine of the team’s 13 points in the first quarter.

The offense slowed down a little in the third, but Flagstaff could only cut the 16-point lead to 11. Camp Verde held on from there to take the title, and its seventh consecutive win of the season.

Showers finished the game with 21 points and seven steals, earning the tournament MVP award. Riley had 13 points including three 3-pointers, along with nine rebounds. Oros had 14 points and 20 boards. Both Riley and Oros were named to the all-tournament team.

“The tournament accomplished what it’s supposed to do, and that’s to keep us fresh during the break,” coach Showers said. “Hopefully this carries into region play this week.”

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