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It was like a study in contrasts when the Sedona Red Rock Scorpions girls basketball team met the Mingus Union Marauders on Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the MUHS gymnasium.

Sedona senior Kahlie Barber shoots a layup in the Scorpions game against the Mingus Marauders on Tuesday, Dec. 3 in the MUHS gymnasium. The Scorpions, prompted by constant full-court pressure from the Marauders, seemed to always be in hurry-up mode, pushing the ball up the court with long outlet passes that sometimes led to easy layups, but just as often led to turnovers.

The Marauders, when not converting Scorpions turnovers into points, were generally more methodical in their offensive approach, preferring to get into their half-court set and work the ball around for open shots.

The end result was a diverse Marauders scoring attack that led to a 70-52 victory over the Scorpions, who will be looking to tighten things up before the two teams meet again in their final regular season game Friday, Feb. 7.

“We scored a ton of layups off of their full court press,” said Scorpions head coach Jackie Strickling. “But at the same time we also had unforced turnovers and gave the ball back to them. So we want to reduce our turnovers and make our layups, that was the difference in the ballgame.”

The Scorpions came out in the first quarter as the more aggressive team, taking an early 9-8 lead behind their two outstanding post players, senior Gabby Simon and freshman Sophia Perry.

But the Marauders full-court pressure forced three-straight turnovers that they converted into layups, giving them a 14-9 lead midway through the first quarter.

For the full story, please see the Friday, Dec. 6, issue of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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