1/30/2014 6:00:00 AM Lady Bulldogs rebound with 61-point win
Kingman shakes off two-game losing streak
Kingman High’s Stephanie Goulart (24) and Rachel Arave (22) battle for a loose ball Tuesday during the Lady Bulldogs’ 81-20 win over River Valley at KHS. Kingman won the loose-ball battle, tallying 33 steals in the non-section win.
KINGMAN - After dropping the last two games, the Kingman High girls basketball team took a step toward normalcy when the Lady Bulldogs routed River Valley in a non-section game Tuesday at KHS, 81-20. Kingman led 20-2 at the end of the first quarter and never had to look back.
"I'm not terribly happy," said KHS coach Danny Gonzalez. "We seem hesitant when it came to shooting."
Though the two losses dropped Kingman (1-2 S-1, 12-2 D-II) from the top five in Division II, the Lady Bulldogs can still earn a top-seven seed if they win the Section 1 playoffs. They are currently No. 11.
"A win is a win," Gonzalez said. "We came out and I can say we did some good things. We needed to pick up the confidence level of some of the girls."
The Lady Bulldogs feasted on steals and converted many into layups. Kingman had 33 steals for the game. Alison Owen, Desirae Gonzalez and Taylor Reed each stole seven, and Rachel Arave was right behind them with six.
Gonzalez led Kingman with 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Owen registered a double-double with 14 points and 10 assists. Reed produced 18 points, Goulart and Heather Weninger each tallied eight, and Kim Carroll finished with six. Arave, Carly Lawrence and Katerine Ruggles each contributed two.
The Lady Bulldogs' younger players got some decent playing time against the Dust Devils, and Gonzalez was pleased with their performance.
"I'm real happy with our defense, even when the younger kids were in there," the coach said. "They got the ball inside and made their cuts."
When a team finds itself struggling, it's a game like this that can propel them forward. The Lady Bulldogs hope this is the case for them.
"This game should get us back," Weninger said. "It was a fun game."
Kingman is a veteran team with five seniors on the squad, and those seniors know there is a bigger picture out there than those two losses.
"We want to get to state bad enough," Weninger said. "We should be able to put those losses behind us."
The Lady Bulldogs resume their D-II, Section 1 schedule when they host Mingus (1-2, 7-7) at 7 p.m. Friday. The top three teams in Section 1 advance to the section tournament, and Kingman is looking at must wins in the final three games remaining.
"We're OK," Gonzalez said. "The girls are already thinking about Mingus."
The Lady Bulldogs will be on the road Saturday for their final non-section game of the season.