KINGMAN – The Kingman High girls basketball team needed overtime once again to beat North Canyon on Thursday night.
But this time, the Bulldogs didn’t wait until the final seconds to get the 48-42 win. Kristen Gonzalez scored on Kingman’s first possession to give her team the lead, and the Bulldogs never gave it up, holding the Rattlers to a single point in the extra period.
“Our post players were outstanding,” Kingman coach Darrin Peppard said. “When they got their minutes on the floor, they all did really well for us.”
Forwards Rachael Bracy and Kristen Gonzalez tied their season highs in points, both of which also came against North Canyon in their first meeting in Kingman on Dec. 7. Bracy led the team with 15 points and added five rebounds, and Gonzalez scored nine points to go along with her 10 boards.
The Bulldogs had things going their way early on, building a 29-18 lead at the half and maintaining a nine-point advantage after three quarters.
But Kingman’s offense disappeared, as the Bulldogs continually turned the ball over trying to break down the Rattlers’ diamond-shaped zone defense.
“We got a lot of layups in the first half beating them down the floor,” Peppard said. “North Canyon battled back and we didn’t quit, but they did something defensively that we weren’t prepared for and we made some poor decisions.”
Combined with their defensive efforts, North Canyon’s Brittany Youvella hit two 3-pointers just before the final minute of the game to tie it up at 41. North Canyon had the last possession of the fourth quarter but could not get a decent look in the final 20 seconds.
Tennil and Sidney Reed also came up big for the Bulldogs Thursday. Tennil had 12 points, seven rebounds and six steals, while Sidney had seven points, six boards and three steals.
Kingman will try for its third consecutive win at 7 p.m. tonight against Trevor Browne, who has won its last three games and four of its last five.