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Posted: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 8:08 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

At Empire, a difficult first half of girls basketball by both the Ravens and the visiting Pusch Ridge Lions was followed by an ugly second-half accident.

The Lions won easily, 44-24. They’re 9-1 entering the Northwest Desert Classic, which will be played both at Pusch Ridge and Mountain View high schools Dec. 27-30.

Late in the fourth quarter last week, junior guard Caroline Roessler went crashing into the floor, face first, after being fouled by an awkward Raven. She suffered a major concussion, and may have other complications.

Pusch Ridge coach Lonnie Tvrdy did not think it was a dirty foul. “The defender was off balance and there was contact,” Tvrdy said.

The Lions led at halftime 11-10, the two clubs were a combined five of 27 from the floor in the first quarter, and neither team made a field goal the first four minutes of the second quarter.

“In the first half,” Tvrdy said, “there was way too much individual play. They were ad-libbing. We were making one pass and shooting.”

Pusch Ridge found some offense in the second half, making six out of nine field goals attempts in the third quarter. Haley Christensen and Gabrielle Courtney each tallied 13 for the Lions.

“In the first half, our defensive effort wasn’t where it needed to be,” Christensen said. “We decided to work as a team. We needed each other and used each other. We helped each other in the second half.

“This team struggles with being vocal,” Tvrdy said. “We were talking more in the second half. In the second half, they knew where the other players were on each play.

“Our identity is defense,” Tvrdy said. “It picked up in the second half and we were getting easy baskets because of it.”

Defensive pressure “starts with our starting guards, Abby Maas, Caroline Roessler and Gabrielle Courtney,” Tvrdy said. “They set the tone. Don’t let people beat you off the dribble.”

It helps when Christensen plays with “focused intensity,” Tvrdy said. “When the post players shore up their defense, we’ll be a tremendous team.”

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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