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CDO defeats Prescott in a high-quality tussle

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Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 12:00 am | Updated: 1:22 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

Canyon Del Oro senior Sarah Batterton had a message for her teammates on Friday night.

“Never give up hope, nothing is going to change until that buzzer goes off,” she said.

Her fellow Dorados got the message.

During a physical quarterfinal game against Prescott, the CDO girls’ basketball team (26-1) had its share of ups and downs, as both teams gained and lost the lead down the stretch before the Dorados pulled away in the final minutes to win 64-59.

“I never really had a doubt that we could pull it off,” said Batterton.

Up next for the Dorados: a 4A-I semifinal matchup with Phoenix Shadow Mountain at 4:15 p.m. Thursday at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale.

Batterton, with a game-high 24 points, was a large part of an 18-6 run in the fourth period that closed the door on Prescott.

Also turning in a key performance for the Dorados were senior point guard Charde Mayne, whose 12 points added to the offensive totals. Mayne made the bigger impact defensively, sliding across the floor on her stomach, diving for loose balls, creating turnovers and frustrating Prescott’s leading scorers, Paige Ramm and Ginger Campbell.

“I think all year our press has been wearing people down, and I think it’s obvious that that’s what happened today,” said CDO head coach Keri Brown.

Rounding out the scoring offense for the Dorados were senior guards Nicole Ruiz (11 points) and Nadi Carey (8 points), as well as junior forward Sydney Lewis (7 points) and senior guard Kayla Stepter (2 points).

Carey, a senior who transferred to CDO after winning a state championship with Flowing Wells last season, received high praise from Brown.

“Nadi Carey is really our player of the year,” said Brown with a smile.

While mostly excited about her team’s play, Brown found some areas where CDO needed improvement.

“I said to them (at halftime) ‘how many two-pointers are we going to miss?’” said Brown.

“Fourteen points’ worth of two-pointers we missed,” she added. “Once you take that out of the equation, we’re up at halftime, we just needed to realize how important those (points) were.”

CDO may have some extra confidence going into the semifinals – in a Dec. 2 contest, the Dorados defeated Shadow Mountain 52-42.

According to Brown, getting ready for the Matadors will be a matter of practicing “shooting, half-court sets” and, above all, “a lot of healing.”

For Batterton, the opponent doesn’t matter, but her team’s ability to go the distance does.

“You give 100 percent until that buzzer goes off,” Batterton said. “Because things could change in a split second.”

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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)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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