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For the fifth straight game the Sedona Red Rock High School girls basketball team had a different leading scorer Wednesday, Dec. 8, as the Scorpions went on to beat Northwest Christian High School, 31-25.

Freshman standout Amber Rippy led the Scorpions with eight points, three steals and four assists to go along with her five rebounds.

Junior Taylor Nolte looks on while a  teammate shoots free throws Wednesday,  Dec. 8, at Northwest Christian High School. Sedona held on to win, 31-25.“It’s kind of nice that we have so many girls that can lead us in scoring,” first-year Sedona Head Coach Tina Hawes said after the game Wednesday. “We stepped up our defensive effort tonight.”

In a classic barn burner of a game, Northwest Christian and Sedona sometimes looked like neither team wanted the basketball as both teams turned it over at least 20-plus times.

Sedona led 5-4 after the first quarter of play, then took a 13-11 lead heading into halftime.

Surprisingly enough according to Hawes, the Crusaders were much better than expected. Sedona beat Northwest Christian last season 46-14 but on Wednesday night, this was a different bunch.

“They were much tougher than expected. It was a good game and both teams played hard,” Hawes said.
When Hawes and her Scorpions take a look at the game film from the Northwest Christian game, they’ll notice the third quarter is where the contest was won.

Sedona came out strong, going on a 7-0 run to begin the second half and wound up outscoring the Crusaders 11-4 to take a 24-15 lead heading into the fourth.

The Scorpions were especially good from the free-throw line Wednesday, hitting nine of 15 from the charity stripe while Northwest Christian converted only four of 11.

Other top performances for the Scorpions include junior guard Ashley Haas, who scored seven points and had two steals, while sophomore Tiana Hatler had five points and eight rebounds.

Twin sister Sierra Hatler chipped in six points and had 11 rebounds in the win over Northwest Christian.
After finishing 2-2 at the Williams Invitational Tournament last weekend, the Scorpions improved their record to 3-2 with the 31-25 win Wednesday.

With it being the first power point game of the season for the Scorpions, Hawes and her young group of girls are off to a good start.

Sedona was in action again Thursday, Dec. 9, when they played host to Williams High School in its first home game of the season. Results were unavailable at press time.

Next up, the Scorpions will travel south Monday, Dec. 13, to Wickenburg High School.

One can guarantee the Scorpions will be pumped up for the Wickenburg game come Monday since the last time the two got together Sedona suffered a 33-27 loss in the 3A West Regional Tournament championship game last season.

Wickenburg took two of three from the Scorpions last season but Hawes hopes that changes.

“I think we’ve got a good chance; we just need to do what we do,” Hawes said.

Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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