The news kept getting worse for the Kingman High girls basketball team on Friday.
A day after finding out that their second leading scorer and leading rebounder, freshman Desirae Gonzalez, was lost out for the season with a broken foot, word came that the Lady Bulldogs might be without junior Rachel Arave. She left Friday's game against Mesa Westwood in the third quarter with a possible ACL injury.
However, with all the bad news swirling around KHS, the Lady Bulldogs still had an opportunity to win in the final seconds, but the last-second shot didn't go in, handing KHS a 36-35 loss to extend its losing streak to five games.
"We had the opportunity and nothing can control the ball going into the basket," said KHS coach Danny Gonzalez. "I have to give credit to the girls, they didn't fall down. The loss is a loss. We still stepped up, we had an opportunity, and it just didn't go our way."
Taylor Reed led KHS with 21 points while Arave had four points before her injury and Stephanie Goulart had three points and Alison Owen added two points.
Elisa Santos ended the night with two points. Gonzalez said she will start see significant playing time with the varsity team now that Arave is sidelined.
"I have to praise her for trying to step up and be a part of what we do here in Kingman," Gonzalez said of the junior Santos, who just transferred to the school from Los Angeles and has been playing with the junior varsity team. "The difference between varsity and JV is the speed and a lot of times that's what makes that difference."
The Lady Bulldogs jumped to a 14-7 lead after the first quarter. Westwood closed the gap to 23-21 before taking a 34-27 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Kingman fell 57-36 Thursday night to Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain as the Lady Bears extended their winning streak to 20 games.
KHS (9-7 overall, 4-6 in power rankings) currently holds onto the final playoff spot at No. 24.
The Lady Bulldogs will travel to Surprise Willow Canyon on Tuesday before returning home for games Thursday against Bullhead City Mohave, Friday against Surprise Valley Vista and Saturday against Prescott.
"Coming into this year we were going to have to find out how competitive we are and we started showing that," Gonzalez said. "But the injuries came to us and there is nothing we could do about that. Let's just see how strong our team can be."