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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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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)


Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions


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