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The Canyon High girls varsity basketball team lost, 38-36, to Omaha Northwest of Nebraska on Thursday in the third-place game of its 16-team bracket at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Eighty teams took part in all. 

Talia Taufaasau led the Cowboys (8-6) with 15 points, while Rachel Bowers followed with 10. The loss meant the Cowboys took fourth in its bracket which ran Dec. 19-22. 

Canyon won its first-round matchup (45-21 over Perry) and won its second-round game (42-21 over Corvallis) before losing in the semifinals, 55-43, to Desert Mountain. 

The Cowboys are scheduled to play Highland High of Palmdale on January 3 at home and open Foothill League play on Jan. 10 against Golden Valley on the road. 

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