|Clancey Odegard sinks a three-point shot in the first half against the Cowboys thursday night in Camp Verde. Odegard scored 22 points, his highest offensive output of the season. VVN/Sean Morris|
|Torey Gillies rises up for a mid-range jumper in the second half Thursday in Camp Verde. Gillies led the Marauders with 10 points. VVN/Sean Morris|
|The Mingus boys and girls basketball teams take on the Cowboys in Camp Verde Thursday, Jan 17, 2013.|
Key Camp Verde girls’ stats
Amanda Showers: 16 points
Donnie Buss: 4 points, 7 assists, 8 rebounds
Katie Wilson: 8 points, 9 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 blocks
Maddy Showers: 9 points, 4 assists, 3 steals
Rayonna Chatter: 4 points, 3 steals, 2 assists, 3 blocks
Top Mingus girl scorers
Torey Gillies: 10 points
Skyler Storie: 9 points
Key Mingus boys’ stats
Clancy Odegard: 22 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists
Alex Brewer: 8 points, 5 rebounds
Micah Nevarez: 9 points
Bryant Briscoe: 12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals
Top Camp Verde boy scorers
Taylor Hicks: 14 points
Javier Perez: 12 points
Mitch Latham: 8 points
CAMP VERDE - The Camp Verde girls basketball team defeated the visiting Mingus Marauders Thursday night, 43-31.
Camp Verde only had a three-point lead at halftime, but won both second-half quarters to win the game by 12.
“We endured,” said Camp Verde head coach Mark Showers. “We made a lot of mistakes to start this game, unforced turnovers, but our girls hung in there and maintained focus. At halftime we talked about execution and the little things, like fronting their scoring post players and making sure Skyler Storie doesn’t go to the right. In a game that’s more of a defensive struggle, every possession counts.”
Senior Amanda Showers led the Cowboys in scoring with 16 points. Her cousin, junior Maddy Showers, chipped in with nine points, all off three-pointers.
Someone made a glittery sign before the game that read, “Showers make it rain!” When the Camp Verde team turns Showers plural, and the Showerses make it rain, the Cowboys’ attack stretches the floor and it’s hard for teams to defend. ‘Showerses’ doesn’t lend itself as well to a motivational poster-board pun.
“We were motivated for this game, especially after we heard Mingus beat Sedona,” said Amanda Showers.
Earlier in the day, Showers signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Arizona Christian University (more on that story Wednesday), another motivating factor for her personally - no one wants to lose to a rival the same day they accept a college scholarship.
Donnie Buss led the Cowboys in helpers, tallying seven assists in the contest. Most of the Camp Verde points came from assists, indicating good passing.
Both teams played solid defense, but the Cowboys knocked down more shots.
“We competed well,” said Mingus head coach Art Moncibaez. “I feel like we beat them in the paint and our girls did a good job boxing out, but they happened to make six three-pointers. It’s hard to beat them when they shoot that well, but I’m pleased with how our girls competed until the end. We’ll make some adjustments before we play them again.”
Mingus hosts Camp Verde Tuesday, Jan. 22.
CAMP VERDE - It went down to the wire. The Mingus boys basketball team squeaked by a passionate Cowboys’ squad spurred by a raucous hometown crowd Thursday night, 58-56.
Tied 25-25 at halftime, the game was close from beginning to end. When Camp Verde and Mingus play each other in basketball, it’s not a playoff environment -- it’s much more intense than that.
“Camp Verde is the toughest place we have to play on our schedule,” said Mingus head coach Mark Owens. “The fans are on top of you, it’s loud, it’s hot, it’s tough to call out our defenses and offenses. It creates an environment where the players just have to play because it’s very hard to coach in the game. It’s the hardest place to play, but it’s also the most fun, and I’m really glad our players and fans get to experience it.”
Senior Marauder Clancy Odegard scored 22 points, his highest offensive output this season. Junior Bryant Briscoe started and scored 12, making it back-to-back games for him in double figures.
Players from both teams made clutch shots down the stretch as the rival schools traded baskets. The Cowboys played with intensity, leaving everything they had on the court.
“Our guys played with a lot of heart tonight, and that’s what we’ve been working on,” said Camp Verde head coach Dan Wall. “We wanted to put four quarters together where we play as hard as possible. We had a few mental lapses in the fourth quarter, but good gracious they gave heart every single possession tonight and I couldn’t be more proud of them for their effort.”
The young Camp Verde team has come a long way this season. Senior Taylor Hicks has been the backbone, leading his team in every statistical category but steals.
“Taylor does everything for us,” said Wall. “We ask him to score, to rebound, make free throws, create for his teammates, AND he as to defend the best player on the other team every night. He really does have to do everything and I’m very proud of the way he played tonight, just a great effort from him.”
Up one point with a minute left, Mingus came out of a timeout with the intent to eat up clock and weave the basketball around the horn with their best free throw shooters. The Cowboys had to foul, and they elected to put Mingus freshman Ashton Loring at the line.
Loring, a freshman from Camp Verde playing for Mingus, knocked them both down to put the Marauders up by three.
“Even though he’s a freshman, he probably has one of the higher basketball IQs on our varsity team,” said Owens. “I really trust him because he understands the game and he lets the game come to him. He’s also coming off a knee injury and he hasn’t played in the last few games, so we kind of threw him into the fire tonight, but he responded with poise and made some pressure free throws.”
The Cowboys weren’t able to score on their next possession and had to foul senior Tyler Herndon, who made both his free throws, and put Mingus up five points with 2.3 seconds left. The Cowboys scored a half-court shot to lose by just two.
Both coaches said they expect another close game next week when Mingus hosts Camp Verde, Tuesday Jan 22.