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The Sedona Red Rock High girls basketball team defeated Fountain Hills High at home on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 53-34.
By Nick Ruland
Larson Newspapers
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The Sedona Red Rock High girls basketball team defeated Fountain Hills High at home on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 53-34.

It was the first time SRRHS has beaten FHS, according to SRRHS Athletic Director John Parks.

The girls were in a groove from the get-go.

Danni Jovanovic found Courtney Fitzpatrick on a cross-court pass for a midrange jumper. “Fitz” struck with a three-pointer on the next possession for a 5-0 lead.

The Scorpions played what many considered their best control game.

Much of the season Sedona has played with energy but also erraticism and lack of ball-control.

Against a formidable FHS team that was previously 7-4 in the conference, Sedona was nearly perfect.

The girls dissected FHS’ zone with precise cuts into the lane and particular passes into the cutters.

Jovanovic set another trend for the team, sending passes across the court to the open Fitzpatrick on numerous occasions.

The Sedona ball movement created openings in the defense and burst the flood gates in        the contest.

Whitney Oestmann had one of her best games of the year — 11 points and 13 rebounds. Oestmann hit three jump shots. Breanne Cunningham penetrated at will and began to finish like 2006 near the end of the game. She had eight points, five rebounds and three steals.

Jovanovic finished a well-rounded performance. Seven points included three high-arching nose-bleed-section free throws that appeared to bring down rain. The makes were shot at such a high angle that when they dropped, they seemed to make a studio-enhanced “swish” sound.

“D.J.” also had seven boards and three steals. Fitzpatrick had 13 points, four rebounds, three blocks and a steal. Katie Adams was strong, poised and crafty inside with five rebounds and five points, much of her contribution coming on the offensive glass.

Bobbi Hillman had her best game of the season. Hillman showed a versatile offensive game by making a deep jump shot, breaking down defenders in the open court, getting to the basket and hitting the glass.

Hillman had seven points and four rebounds. Danielle Hollman was rugged as usual, hustling and irritating. Her contributions went beyond the two points on the stat sheet.

SRRHS’ win was never in doubt as the girls held a double-digit lead through most of the 32 minutes.

“It all stems from defense. Everybody played their role. Our defense did not allow them to feel comfortable,” Head Coach Bob Murphy said.

Sedona kept FHS in a half-court offense. FHS is a team that thrives on the fast-break with the ability to run the court with gazelle grace and speed.

The girls’ final game will be at home on Friday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. against Chino Valley High.

A win could move SRRHS into third place in the conference or possibly second place depending on results from other games.


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