Camp Verde Cowgirls lasso Hopi Lady Bruins <br>

CAMP VERDE — The Hopi High School girls basketball team was forced to take a shower they didn’t want.

Amy Showers poured in 23 points as Camp Verde beat Hopi, 47-36, in girls high school basketball action Dec. 2. Ashley Hollamon added a dozen points for the Cowgirls.

Cynthia Lee topped Hopi with a dozen points, Delaine Numkena netted seven points, Savanna Anderson and Deidra Jones scored five apiece. Iva Sahneyah tossed in four and Erynne Zahne added three points.

Hopi High Coach Gwen Grant said the Lady Bruins played much better then they had in their season opener. She added that playing against Showers was a challenge.

“She was hitting shots from all over. She’s good and she’s quick,” the coach said.

Jones was in early foul trouble, and that allowed Camp Verde to get offensive rebounds and second looks at the basket. Hopi was shorthanded with four players out due to academic ineligibility and injuries.

“Offensively, we played well considering who we were playing against,” she said. “We made mental errors, but we’re starting to see the open areas and how we should be scoring. We had better ball movement. We just need to make the shots and get the ball inside more often.”

Coach Grant said it’s hard to defend against taller girls.

“But we held our own. We need to learn position on the court, but we created turnovers and I think we out hustled them,” she said.

Coach Grant said the Hopi girls rebounding was much better than it was against Chinle as they boxed out better.

Coach Grant said Lee played well, but added the rest of the team needs to get more involved and aggressive on the offensive side. Hopi dropped to 0-2.

Lee, Jones and Numkena scored two points each as Hopi led 6-5 after the first quarter.

Showers, a 6-foot 2-inch guard, fired in seven points in the second stanza as Camp Verde tied the game, 16-16, at halftime. Numkena netted five points in the second stanza as Hopi kept pace.

Hollamon poured in 10 points in the third quarter as the Cowgirls jumped ahead 33-26 going to the final quarter. Lee scored eight points in the third period as the Lady Bruins stayed close.

Showers scored nine points in the final quarter as Camp Verde pulled away to the victory.

(Stan Bindell is journalism and radio teacher at Hopi High School.)

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