Badgers ‘outworked’ by Coconino in 77-55 loss

Prep Boys Basketball

Prescott's Cameron Parsons (42) shoots and makes a 3-pointer as the Badgers hosted Grand Canyon region rival Coconino on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Prescott. Parsons scored 12 points, but the Badgers came up short, losing 77-55. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Prescott's Cameron Parsons (42) shoots and makes a 3-pointer as the Badgers hosted Grand Canyon region rival Coconino on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Prescott. Parsons scored 12 points, but the Badgers came up short, losing 77-55. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Prescott commits 18 turnovers, outrebounded 33-18 by Panthers

Cameron Parsons led the Badgers in scoring with 12 points, Kody Jones added seven points and five assists, but the Prescott boys’ basketball team committed 18 turnovers in a 77-55 loss to No. 10-ranked Coconino on Tuesday night.

It is the fourth straight loss for the Badgers, which were outrebounded 33-18, including 17 offensive rebounds for a rejuvenated Panthers club that has won five straight and are a game up on rival Flagstaff for a Grand Canyon region title.

Coconino (21-5, 9-1 Grand Canyon) led 20-18 after the first quarter, but outscored the Badgers 38-22 over the next two periods to seal the deal.

“Coconino just outworked us tonight,” longtime Prescott head coach Adam Neely said. “They played a very good basketball game, and they had an early run in the third that we were never able to recover from.”

Dallin Jex scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds, while Korey Schwartz had six points and four rebounds for Prescott. Harris Temple scored nine points.

Prescott shot just 42 percent (22-52) from the field, and were 4 of 11 from the charity stripe.

UP NEXT

The No. 18 Badgers (8-13, 4-5 Grand Canyon) have four games remaining on the schedule, three of which are on the road. Prescott is scheduled to host Lee Williams on Friday, Jan. 26, in its final home game of the season. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Badgers then hit the road for three straight contests to end the regular season, the first against cross-town rival Bradshaw Mountain on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Prescott wraps up the 2017-18 campaign with road trips to Mohave (Feb. 2) and Lee Williams (Feb. 6).

The conference play-in tournament, which takes clubs ranked No. 9 through No. 24, is scheduled to begin Friday, Feb. 9.

Brian M. Bergner Jr. is sports editor for The Daily Courier, the Prescott Valley Tribune and the Chino Valley Review. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @SportsWriter52, or on Facebook at @SportsAboveTheFold. Email bbergner@prescottaz.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.

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