KINGMAN Forget that Tennil Reed was playing Tuesday night's basketball game on the road, medicated and still suffering with a strept throat, and forget that she hardly practiced the day before. Her 20-point game against Sandra Day O' Connor is still impressive.
But add all of those tidbits of information into the mix, and Reed's performance in the Bulldogs' 48-38 win against the Eagles had her coach talking about Reed in the same breath with one of the sport's greatest players.
"We were joking with her after the game that she was playing like Michael Jordan was against the Jazz in the Finals when he had the flu," Kingman coach Darrin Peppard said.
"It wasn't quite that amazing, but she really bounced back and stepped up and played a lot more minutes than I expected her to be able to."
Reed and Kamber Butler shouldered the scoring load for the Bulldogs, nearly beating O' Connor by themselves with 36 points combined to help Kingman break out of a shooting slump with a 42-percent team field-goal shooting night.
"We had great movement on offense," Peppard said. "We opened up our motion offense a little and got more people moving and taking good shots. Kamber was 7-for-14 with her own shot, and that's a result of taking better shots."
Peppard said his team's movement also helped them drain time off the clock late in the game while Kingman protected its lead, using as many as 30 seconds on every possession.
"I know there was at least one that we took a whole minute before getting a shot, but we got a score out of that play and kept them on defense," he said. "We told them that if they will spread out, move the ball and make a good cut, eventually, the defense will break down, and every time we scored or got a good look."
The new wrinkle to the offense also helped the Bulldogs get to the foul line more often, something Peppard said he felt had not been happening enough. Kingman attempted 31 free throws on Tuesday, with Reed going 10-for-15 on her own. Peppard also credited reserve players Danielle Hale, Jatoya Askew and Sidney Reed for adding an offensive boost.
Kingman (3-3, 2-0) will spend the rest of the week on the road, beginning with a matchup against Dobson (5-2) in its first game at the Deer Valley Invite on Thursday.