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Girls basketball rattle Camp Verde's chain for region title<BR><BR>

The Chino Valley High School girls basketball team won the 3A West Regional Tournament for the second year in a row, but didn't have much time to enjoy the victory.

Special to the Review/Les Stukenberg

Chino Valley High School player Casey Denike chases down a loose ball against Camp Verde at the regional win at home Saturday.

Chino Valley beat Camp Verde, 59-56, Saturday for the regional title, but entered the state tournament Tuesday (after the Review's publish deadline, so the outcome was unavailable for this issue).

Chino Valley Coach Mike Haddow said the Lady Cougars don't talk about their accomplishments and "truly take it one game at a time."

"We played well against Camp Verde. We opened up a 12-point lead, which was nice because the last two times we had to come from behind. We knew that they were a good team and that they'd made a run. They're a good team and it got tight at the end, but we never got rattled," he said.

Haddow said Camp Verde was able to get close because the Chino Valley squad had some trouble getting its shots down in the fourth quarter.

"But the difference was that we hit our free throws, we didn't allow any three point shots and we shot the ball well early in the game. We created some turnovers and that was the key," he said.

Kelly Smith and Laney Anders were the Lady Cougars who hit key foul shots down the stretch as Chino Valley improved to 26 wins and three losses.

Stacy Haddow, a sophomore forward, led the way with 25 points and 21 rebounds.

Kelly Smith, a senior guard, tossed in 15 points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out four assists.

Laney Anders and Casey Denike combined from the point guard position for 10 points, nine assists, 11 rebounds and only three turnovers.

"That's excellent play from the point guard position," the coach said.

Kallie Haddow, a junior forward, netted nine points, grabbed five rebounds, handed out three assists, had two steals and two blocked shots.

Yvonne Zyireck, a sophomore forward, also played a solid game.

Haddow said the Lady Cougars offense did a nice job against Camp Verde.

"We scored 59 points against a solid defensive team. We made them execute and we shut them down when we had to," he said.

Haddow noted that the Lady Cougars averaged 63 points this season.

"It's tough for teams to score that much," he said.

Haddow said the Lady Cougars did a good job rebounding as they hauled down 44 boards.

The Lady Cougars drew Tuba City in the first round of the state playoffs at 1 p.m. Tuesday (after deadline) at the dome at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

Tuba City has won the 3A girls basketball title for the past three years, but finished fourth at the 3A North Regional Tournament this year.

"We have a size advantage, and if we can pressure them then we have a good chance," Haddow said.

Tuba City, like Chino Valley, plays an up tempo game.

Haddow said the Lady Cougars just need to make sure that the Lady Warriors don't score in bunches.

"Anytime you play any team from the North, you have to play well to win, and we're capable of doing that. They have a good solid team, but we can play with them. I'm sure that we're not going in overconfident, but I'm also sure that we won't be intimidated," he said.

Haddow said Chino Valley uses an inside/outside game while Tuba City goes more for the open court.

Haddow said Chino Valley will try to play the same style of basketball that it has played throughout the year. The Lady Cougars can score from both the inside and the outside.

If Chino Valley beats Tuba City in the opening round, the Lady Cougars then play the winner of the Snowflake/Safford game in the second round at NAU's Rolle Activity Center at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

If the Lady Cougars win both these games then they would move on to the final four next weekend at America West Arena in Phoenix.

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