The Chino Valley Lady Cougars opened their season at home on Nov. 20, soundly defeating the Mountain Lions of Mingus Mountain Academy (Prescott Valley) 56-10.
Leading the way for CVHS was Caitlyn Ballard with 22 points, followed by Karen Valenzuela (10 pt), Abbey Shelton (8 pt), Alejandra Mayoral (5 pt), Bree Power (3). Tiffini Moreland, Hunter Stewart-Koberstein, Haley Feguson, and Chelsey Ludwig each finished the night with two points each.
"I'm very proud of the intensity they played with tonight.," said second year Cougar Head Coach April Jelovic. "Defensively we got much better throughout the game, anticipating passes, and really focusing on the ball. I'm really happy with that."
Jelovic added that keeping that intensity and staying focused on every opponent is the goal for her team, who saw both lopsided losses and victories last season. "We have to play the best we can, play our game, no matter who our opponent is , whether that's a Mingus Academy or a Prescott High. We have to keep that intensity like we had tonight."
Both the girls and boys squads had a full schedule on Tuesday, Nov. 27, hosting Camp Verde. Games started at 2:30 p.m. with the girls JV, finishing up with the boys varsity at 7:30 p.m.