Canyon del Oro senior Nadi Carey seems to be settling in just fine at her new school.
The senior guard who was a starter on last year’s Class 4A Division I state champion Flowing Wells squad, led all scorers Tuesday night with 17 points on her home court in the Dorados’ 52-42 win over Phoenix Shadow Mountain.
“I’ve got a crew that is just relentless,” CDO coach Kerri Brown said. “I’m extremely lucky to have the talent that I have and, of course, we’re utilizing that in the games, and it’s starting to show.”
CDO improved to 4-0 and next plays at Scottsdale Saguaro on Thursday.
After a sloppy first quarter that ended with the score tied at 12, CDO took a 23-22 lead with 1:45 left in the second quarter and never looked back.
Carey, who signed a national letter of intent last month to play college basketball at Eastern Washington, imposed her will throughout Tuesday’s game. The athletic guard took the ball to the basket with dominance, leading to seven field goals and converted three of seven from the free-throw line.
Carey’s offense benefited from having multiple CDO weapons around her that prevented Shadow Mountain’s defense from shutting down Carey.
Nicole Ruiz added 13 points for CDO, including the Dorado’s lone 3-pointer. Point guard Charde Mayne added 10 points.
“You don’t get that as a high school coach,” Brown said. “We’ve got options. As coaches we love to have options and this year I’ve got plenty of them.”
Shadow Mountain was held to three points in the third quarter as CDO turned up the pressure, causing bad passes, turnovers and quick shots that led to fast break points as the Dorados left the Matadors in the dust.
“(At halftime) we talked about pressuring the ball a little bit,” Brown said. “(Shadow Mountain) started to get tired and get into foul trouble, and we capitalized on that.”
CDO ended the third quarter ahead 38-25 before cruising in the fourth quarter for its fourth win.
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