Girls basketball first in 3A standings, going into holiday break
Chino Valley High School girls basketball team enters the holiday break with an impressive record and standing in first place in the 3A West Conference.
Special to the Review/Jo.L. Keener
Chino Valley's Lydia Ray, on right, drives the ball down court at a home game on Dec. 10 against Sedona.
The Lady Cougars have won 12 of their 13 games so far this season. Chino Valley is 3-0 in conference.
Chino Valley edged rival Camp Verde, 58-57, and walloped Show Low, 54-36, in its last two games before the holiday break.
Lydia Ray scored the winning basket on a layup to give the Lady Cougars the victory against the Lady Cowgirls.
Stacy Haddow topped Chino Valley with 20 points, Kelly Smith fired in 19, Casey Denike netted eight points, Yvonne Zyirek tossed in a half dozen, Lydia Ray added four points and Gen Stokes hit a foul shot.
Amy Showers led Camp Verde with 22 points and Dana Reilly tossed in 14.
Chino Valley Coach Mike Haddow said this was a great game played in a great atmosphere with the Chino Valley pep band performing.
The Lady Cougars were challenged as Stacy Haddow was in early foul trouble. She had three fouls by halftime and picked up her fourth foul early in the fourth quarter.
Coach Haddow put Casey Denike down low and Denike came up with a big game as she had seven rebounds, 10 assists and three steals to go with her eight points.
Reilly netted five points in the opening period as Camp Verde took an 11-10 edge. Haddow poured in nine points in the second quarter as Chino Valley jumped ahead, 31-28, at halftime.
Showers and Reilly scored five points each in the third period as Camp Verde pulled within 44-42.
Smith fired in a half dozen points in the final quarter as the Lady Cougars escaped with the victory.
Camp Verde led by one point and had the ball with 14 seconds to go. They inbounded the ball to Showers, but Chino's defense forced Showers to pass the ball to Reilly. The Lady Cougars fouled Reilly, but she missed the first part of a one and one. Haddow grabbed the rebound and drove the ball downcourt. She appeared headed for the basket. Two Camp Verde defenders closed in on Haddow, so she dished off to Lydia Ray for the game winning layup.
Coach Haddow said Chino Valley played well as the Lady Cougars led by 11 points in the third quarter and nine points in the fourth quarter before the Lady Cowgirls started converting their plays.
Coach Haddow said the Lady Cougar offense played well, but not as well as they have in past games this season. He said they attempt to score about 60 points each game and Camp Verde has the same philosophy.
"When you score that many points, you should be in position to win, but this game just happened to go down to the wire," he said.
Coach Haddow said the defensive press didn't bother Camp Verde.
"Our half court defense also needs to do a better job and we need to handle our end game better," he said.
Chino Valley and Camp Verde played almost equal on the backboards. Haddow led the Lady Cougars with 15 rebounds.
Haddow topped Chino Valley with 22 points against Show Low. Yvonne Zyirek tossed in 11, Kelly Smith netted seven, Casey Denike pitched in with five, Lydia Ray added four, Emma Lewis scored three and Megan Worthington had a deuce.
Smith scored four points in the opening period as Chino Valley grabbed a 12-5 edge.
Haddow fired in 11 points and Zyirek poured in eight in the second stanza as Chino Valley zoomed to a 35-17 halftime bulge.
Haddow added six points in the third quarter and Lewis netted three in the fourth as the Lady Cougars coasted to the victory.
Coach Haddow said Chino Valley had a nice spurt late in the first half and when Haddow nailed a trey at the buzzer that the Lady Cougars were on their way to victory.
Coach Haddow said Chino Valley played a solid game. He added that playing two nights in a row was good experience for the Lady Cougars since that is what happens at the state tournament.
"The full court defense worked nice, and that dictated the game," he said about Chino Valley's defense.
Four Lady Cougars came up with a total of 31 steals. Denike led the way with 11 thefts, Haddow had seven and Smith and Zyirek came up with four steals each.
Coach Haddow said the offense worked well with several spurts off their half court defense, but he added they also shot the ball well when they were in their half court offense.
"That makes it hard for a team to defend against," he said.
Chino Valley pulled down 31 rebounds. Zyirek and Haddow led the way with nine rebounds apiece.
With 13 games under their belt, some of the Lady Cougars have impressive statistics. Haddow leads the squad with 16 points and 11 rebounds per game. Smith averages 10 points and five rebounds per game. Zyirek averages 10 points, eight rebounds and five steals per game. Denike averages eight points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals per game.
Chino Valley's wrestling team goes into the holiday break with some individual successes, but the Cougars have had a tough team time because of missing so many wrestlers.
But five wrestlers are expected back after the holiday break and the Cougars should be able to be more competitive.
The wrestlers who have been competitive thus far are:
Ty Van Keuren, a senior, at the 130 pound category, has a 12-8 record;
Elias Hutchison, a sophomore, 112 pounds, 17-3 record;
Chris Merwin, a sophomore, 125 pounds, 12-4 record;
Jacob Stokes, a freshman, 135 pounds, 12-8 record;
Sean DalCerro, a sophomore, 140 pounds, 12-7 record;
Dusty Folbert, a junior, 145 pounds;
Spencer Forsberg, a senior, 189 pounds.
Charles Ingersoll, a sophomore heavyweight, has won six of nine matches, but missed most of his matches due to a knee injury. He is expected to re/)turn soon after the holiday break.
Four wrestlers have missed most of the season due to academic ineligibility, but expect to return after the break. They are:
Lee Stewart, a senior, wrestles at 119 and had an impressive 26-10 record last year.
Shane Perkins, a sophomore, wrestles at 215.
Daniel Leigh, a freshman, wrestles at 130.
Jed Forsberg, a sophomore, wrestles at 145.
Chino Valley Coach Juan Enriquez said when all these wrestlers return that the Cougars can win more matches.
"I'll definitely be happy to have them back after the break. Our busiest time is in January. We're not concerned about their wins, but getting ready for regionals and state," he said. "We want to have a really good showing at regionals."
The Chino Valley wrestlers will hold their first home meet at 3 p.m. Jan. 7.