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Posted: Wednesday, February 4, 2009 12:00 am | Updated: 1:21 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

The Canyon Del Oro High School girls’ basketball team is 20-1, outscoring opponents 1,186-667 overall, and hasn’t lost a game since early December.

Still, according to standout senior guard Nadi Carey, head coach Keri Brown doesn’t hesitate to let her team know when they could be better.

“If we’re playing like crap, she’ll tell us,” said Carey with a smile.

Luckily for the Dorados, there weren’t a lot of negatives for the coach to point out in their 50-24 victory over Cholla on Friday night.

CDO’s fast-paced, high-pressure defense stifled the Chargers’ offensive attack, allowing four points in the first period and two points in the second for a 21-6 CDO lead at halftime.

On the outside, the quickness of CDO’s guards – seniors Kala Stepter, Balle Pennington, Nicole Ruiz, Ally Tapia, Carey, and junior Jennifer Thompson — enabled the Dorados to shut down passing lanes, leading to interceptions and fast breaks for CDO.

“We emphasize not reaching in,” said Brown. “But a lot of it is our foot speed.”

The Dorados’ defense under the basket was similarly impenetrable, as senior forward Sarah Batterton and junior Sydney Lewis smothered Cholla’s Danielle Rico and Carissa Franco, preventing points from the low post.

Lewis was also CDO’s leading scorer, notching 14 points gained mostly from a physical presence in the paint.

Equally deadly from the outside, senior point guard Charde Mayne hit two long three-pointers and finished with 12 points.

Mayne controlled the game’s tempo, using court vision to either slow or speed up the pace, and threading precision passes to open teammates.

The combination of ironclad defense and controlling, intense offensive play has given the Dorados something other than wins – the #1 rank in 4A-I.

For the coach, the success of the team is not only in the X’s and O’s, but also something more basic.

“It’s the IQ that’s out there on the floor,” said Brown with a smile. “I’ve just got some straight up DNA out there.”

CDO is already tops in the 4A Sonoran Division, having, “already beaten (second-place Marana) twice this year,” said Brown. “So we’re good to go.”

While not looking past their final two games against Marana and Pueblo, the Dorados are certainly aware of who will be waiting at the state tournament beginning Feb. 17.

“There’s some good Phoenix teams, a lot of good basketball going on up there,” said Brown.

One of those teams is Phoenix Shadow Mountain, the only team to beat CDO in the regular season so far, 48-30, on Dec. 13.

Despite the high level of competition awaiting the Dorados, Brown is confident in her team’s ability and track record.

“They’re quick, they’re fast,” said Brown. “And they take care of business.”

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 30

Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View at Haven Golf Course

Ironwood Ridge, Buena, Catalina at Rincon (Dell Urich)

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

Marana at CDO

Maricopa at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Vista Grande

Poston Butte at Catalina Foothills

San Miguel at Pusch Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Wednesday, October 1

Girls Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View vs. Ironwood Ridge (Omnu Tucson National)

CDO, Sunnyside at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Sabino at Catalina Foothills

Cross Country (4:30 p.m.)

Ironwood Ridge, Sahuarita at Flowing Wells (Columbus Park)

Marana, St. Gregory at Catalina Foothills

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

CDO at Ironwood Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills at CDO

JV Football (6.p.m.)

Marana at Maricopa

Salpointe at Mountain View

CDO at Catalina Foothills

Thursday, October 2

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Mountain View, St. Gregory’s, Pusch Ridge at Marana

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

Mountain View at Poston Butte

Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells

Pusch Ridge at Willcox

Varsity Football (7p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Rincon

Friday, October 3

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Vollyeball (all day)

CDO, Catalina Foothills at Falcon Invitational

Cross Country

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Desert Twilight Festival

Varsity Footbal (7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at San Tan Valley

Saturday, October 4

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Swimming (all day)

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Brophy/Xavier Swim Invitational

Girls Volleyball (4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Desert Christian

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