KINGMAN – The physical play of the Kingman High girls basketball team’s game on Tuesday night at Goldwater sent three of its starting five players home with leg injuries.
And all of the Bulldogs came home with the painful feeling of a 50-48 loss to Goldwater, a team that had yet to win a region game and was ranked near the bottom of Class 5A Division II.
“This was definitely not a game we should have lost,” Kingman coach Darrin Peppard said. “But Goldwater hit the shots they had to hit and made their free throws down the stretch.”
One of the few times Goldwater (4-13, 1-4 Northwest Region) missed its free throws, the home-team Bulldogs maintained possession after a jump ball was called on the rebound. Kingman’s defense forced a steal on the inbounds pass, but the buzzer had sounded by the time Rachael Bracy’s desperation shot left her hands, although Goldwater was not whistled for having its inbounds passer moving along the baseline on a dead ball.
“There are a lot of things to look at and be frustrated about, but we’ll have to look at it as a hiccup and hope it doesn’t hurt us down the road,” Peppard said.
Tennil Reed had a team-high 19 points for Kingman (7-9, 3-2 Northwest Region), with Bracy adding 10 and Kamber Butler scoring seven points. All three sustained leg injuries, and Butler (hamstring) had to sit out most of the second half. Kingman was issued three technical fouls during Tuesday’s game, and two more were given to Goldwater.
Kingman led the game for most of the first half but came out cold in the second half, suffering through a 6-minute scoring drought. The Bulldogs came alive again in the fourth quarter with 21 points, but failed to bring enough to pull it out in the end.