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1/26/2012 4:09:00 PM
Camp Verde basketball protects home court against Mingus
Senior Johnny Hudson drains a three pointer on his home court Tuesday against Mingus. He led all scorers with 26 points. The game prior against Orme, Hudson scored 30 and was 8-12 from beyond the arc. VVN/Sean Morris
Senior Johnny Hudson drains a three pointer on his home court Tuesday against Mingus. He led all scorers with 26 points. The game prior against Orme, Hudson scored 30 and was 8-12 from beyond the arc. VVN/Sean Morris
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Sean Morris
Sports Reporter

CAMP VERDE - The Camp Verde boys and girls basketball teams beat Mingus Tuesday in a packed Camp Verde HS gym. The girls won for the second time against the Marauders on the season, 36-22, and the boys won 66-52, paying back Mingus for a loss last week.

In contrast to the last game between the Mingus and Camp Verde girls played at Mingus, the game in Camp Verde was much closer. The Cowboys' lead was a small as five points in the third quarter.

Mingus' defense played a great game, but then the Camp Verde girls flexed their muscles and the Marauders went cold offensively.

CV's Donnie Buss had success again around the basket and the ladies controlled the game when it mattered the most.

Katie Wilson converted back-to-back old-fashioned three-point plays as the Cowboys pulled away down the stretch.

The Cowboys girls basketball team now has a power-point record of 11-3. They play Bradshaw Friday in Prescott Valley. The Mingus girls team now has a power-point record of 3-10.

The boys game had much more scoring than the first matchup between the two schools. In last week's contest, Johnny Hudson and Jake Spleiss did not have their best games. Determined to win on their home floor, they both came out the gate assertive to give Camp Verde an early lead Tuesday.

The Camp Verde boys were coming off a thrilling 62-60 victory in Orme last Friday, a team that went undefeated last year and was unblemished before playing the Cowboys this year.

Johnny Hudson shot 8-12 from three-point range against Orme, scoring 30 without attempting a free throw. Jacob Lewis almost had a triple double, scoring 12 points along with eight boards and 11 assists.

Those Camp Verde players impacted the Orme game huge statistically, but CV head coach Darren Gagnon said Josh Benson's defense against Orme's best player, Vincentas Aleksandravicius, was crucial for the victory. Benson played 30 out of 32 minutes, holding Aleksandravicius to 16 points and a low shooting percentage.

Against Mingus, Johnny Hudson scored 25 with seven rebounds and four assists. Jake Spleiss had 18 rebounds with eight boards and one emphatic block.

The Hudson brothers combined for 42 points, as Brian Hudson also scored 17 and hit some nice three-point shots too.

Last year the Hudson brothers played solid, but this year they're stepping their game up and when they both get hot simultaneously it's almost impossible to defend.

"Did you hear that crowd tonight? You were on fire!" a Camp Verde supporter shouted to Johnny after the Mingus game.

"We were working hard, playing good defense, trying to rebound, but we didn't do such a good job rebounding in this game. We need to rebound," said Johnny. "I didn't do so well the first time we played Mingus. I fouled out. I felt like crap because I let my team down. We couldn't let that happen tonight."

Jake Spleiss felt something similar. In the first matchup he was in foul trouble and didn't score a point. At home the second time around he drove to the basket and finished.

"I only played 13 minutes in the game against Mingus last week. Tonight I stayed out of foul trouble and took the ball to the rack. We were more patient and we moved the ball well," said Spleiss. "We kept our composure. It was a team effort and we're taking strides to make the playoffs."

The much-improved Marauders played hard and had a marginally better night from the floor than they did in the first matchup, but in the battle for Verde Valley supremacy the home floor proved a valuable asset.

"The crowd is great for the kids. I'm glad they get to experience it because there is nothing better. You want to compete, and when you get to compete in front of all these people, it's a great atmosphere. From my perspective, I just have to yell louder and I lose my voice, but competitive games against teams you're even with in front of all those people, it's the best," said Gagnon.

Camp Verde's power-point record is now 9-4. Their only losses are to division II schools and they play Bradhsaw at home Friday. Mingus' power-point record is now 5-9 and they play Mohave away Saturday.

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