Eagles defeat Bulldogs in girls' basketball

Ironwood scored the first two baskets and never trailed as the Eagles defeated the host Bulldogs 63-39 in a Northwest Region girls' basketball game at Kingman High School North on Friday.

Ironwoods' fast start lifted the Eagles to a 22-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 34-17 halftime lead.

Kingman outscored Ironwood 12-9 in the third quarter, but the Eagles came back and outscored the Bulldogs 20-10 in the fourth quarter.

"They're very athletes," Kingman coach Joe Juelfs said.

"They only graduated one player from their team that went 27-1 or something like that last year."

The Eagles also used a height advantage to stay ahead of the Bulldogs.

"If you let their three 6-footers control the glass, the other two can take off on you," Juelfs said.

Ironwoods' 6-footers had plenty of opportunity to control the glass and limit Kingman's shot attempts as the Bulldogs hit 13-of-54 field goals.

"Shooting-wise, we were flat again.

Defensively we were good.

We shot about 20 percent.

That's not a very good percentage," Juelfs said.

"Twenty percent, you're not going to win many games with that.

"If we make some shots we're in that game."

Ironwoods' size advantage was apparent in the scoring.

The Eagles did not have a 3-pointer in the game, but got a lot of scoring from the inside.

Kelly Schmidt led Ironwood with a game-high 20 points on seven field goals and 6-for-7 free throw shooting.

Lindsey Rinke and Rachel Majewski added 12 points each.

Rinke hit five field goals went 2-for-4 from the line and Majewski's 12 came on six field goals.

Kingman was led by guards Randi Honga and Alicia Cesspooch, who scored nine points each.

Both guards hit four field goals, including one 3-pointer each.

Julia Lasiloo added seven points from the post on two field goals and 3-for-4 free throw shooting.

Honga, a regular starter, did not start on Friday.

She missed the last two games with a twisted ankle.

"She came off the bench and really hustled for us," Juelfs said.

Kingman (12-9 overall and 2-4 in the Northwest Region) is at Mohave on Monday for a non-conference game.

The Bulldogs host Mountain Ridge on Tuesday and close out the week on Friday at Phoenix Goldwater.