Senior Iris Savatgy is looking for a quick way out as defensive players surround her.
The defense never rested in this fast-paced game Friday night against the Eagles.
Rachel Majewski and Lindey Rinke combined for 39 of the Eagles' points.
Majewski led all scorers with 23 and Rinke finished with 16.
"They're ranked No.
10 for a reason," Peppard said.
"The Majewski girl and the Rinke girl are the real deal."
Senior Alicia Cesspooch led the Bulldogs with 11 points, senior Iris Savatgy scored seven points, had six boards and five assists.
Senior Jessie Light and sophomore Tennil Reed both finished with five points.
The Bulldogs came out on fire to start the game.
Light and Cesspooch knocked down a pair of threes on Kingman's first two possessions of the game to give the Bulldogs the early lead.
Ironwood kept pace with the Bulldogs but never led until the final seconds of the first quarter.
The Eagles scored four points to close out the period and take a 14-11 lead.
The Bulldogs stalled in the second quarter only scoring three points.
The shots just did not fall for Kingman, including several lay-ups.
"We fought hard and played smart," Peppard said.
"But we got to have those lay-ups."
Kingman also struggled down low on both sides of the court in the second quarter.
Majewski and Rinke combined to score all 11 of Ironwood's second quarter points and the Eagles took a 25-14 lead at the half.
"Offensively sometimes we got sloppy," Peppard said.
"We still have a long way to go, but we have a feel now for the offense."
The Bulldogs came out in the third quarter determined to stop Ironwood's top two players by switching defenses.
But the Eagles were able to move the ball around and get their points.
Cesspooch made a three-pointer to start the quarter and cut the Ironwood lead to eight.
Both teams played evenly in the third quarter, but Kingman was unable to cut the lead and trailed 37-25 going into the final quarter.
Sophomores Rachel Bracy and Tennil Reed combined for an 8-4 run to open the fourth quarter and cut the lead to eight at 41-33 midway through the fourth.
Following a Kingman timeout, Ironwood's Rinke made a three to push the lead back to eleven.
For the remainder of the game, the Eagles ran their delay game to run out the clock while the Bulldogs fouled Ironwood to try and get back in the game.
However, the Eagles made their free throws down the stretch and held on for the 48-35 win.
"If we play them on a night, when (Majewski and Rinke) aren't shooting so well and who knows what happens," Peppard said.
"We were in this game the whole time."
The Bulldogs now prepare for the Desert West regional tournament, which begins on Tuesday.
5 seeded Kingman takes on No.
6 Peoria at 6 p.m.
The tournament is being played at Ironwood High School.
"Everyone's feeling good about it, we're set up pretty good," Savatgy said.Lois Gessey, center, and Tenaya Gessey, right, use the leg machine at the Kingman Racquetball & Fitness Club.
Owner and General Manager, Abe Dehaybi, left, has set up a tailor-made program for ladies who wish to get in shape! Photo by Mitchell Batson