After the first quarter, the No. 11 Sedona Red Rock High School boys basketball team was treading water with No. 2 Paradise Honors High School, trailing 10-7.

In the second, though, Panthers imposed suffocating defensive pressure to open a 46-14 halftime lead, ultimately sinking the Scorpions 74-40 in the teams’ Central Region debut on Tuesday, Jan. 2, in Surprise.

Before sports coverage in Sedona begins for 2018, let’s take a look back at the top five stories of 2017. The list highlights some of the best performances on the field and court, while one emphasizes a story that carries more significance outside the lines.

During this holiday season, stockings and leftovers have not been restricted to living room mantles or overflowing refrigerators.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department continues to stock local fishing areas with winter trout, and updated its 2018 spring first-come, first-served leftover permit listing.

After two consecutive trips to the Arizona Interscholastic Association Conference 2A postseason semifinals, the Sedona Red Rock High School girls basketball team earned recognition early in the 2017-18 season.

The AIA released its first poll of the season on Dec. 18, with the Scorpions debuting at No. 3, behind No. 1 Leading Edge Academy — Gilbert, last year’s runner-up, and No. 2 Valley Sanders High School, the defending champion.

A slow first half ended up costing the Sedona Red Rock Junior High School boys basketball in its final game before the new year, falling to Clarkdale-Jerome School 40-29 on Thursday, Dec. 21.

Clarkdale’s full-court pressure was a new challenge and proved troublesome for the Scorpions, who scored just nine points in the first half while giving up 23.