KINGMAN - It was almost too much for Lindsey Reed to handle on Friday, standing on the foul line with 1.6 seconds remaining.
But at the end of a physically and emotionally draining game that had her fighting back tears, Reed still had enough in her to sink one more basket.
Her 21st point of the night, a season high, wound up as merely icing on the cake in the Kingman girls' 52-50 win over Boulder Creek, but it was further proof of the talented freshman's gutsy performance in a must-win game.
"We came together and picked it up in the fourth quarter," said Reed, holding an ice bag to her nose to keep it from bleeding after taking an elbow to the face during the final play of the game. "They were coming at us a lot, and we knew we had to make our free throws."
After erasing a 10-point deficit after three quarters to level the game at 46-46 with 4:07 to play, Kingman took at 48-46 lead on two foul shots by Reed. The two teams traded numerous turnovers until the game was tied again at 50 with less than 20 seconds to play when Reed went to the line again. She made the front end, and when the second attempt missed, Reed picked off the outlet pass, her fourth steal of the game, and killed the clock playing keep away with sister Sidney Reed.
"We did make a few turnovers towards the end," said KHS coach Danny Gonzalez, whose team was riding a four-game losing streak. "Once we settled ourselves down, we were able to play better defense. We got to the line three more times, and the girls understood what I was asking."
Reed's incredible night would have been for a losing cause without her teammates' contributions to the comeback. Kamber Butler supplemented Reed's scoring with 17 points, including three treys in the second half as the two combined for 25 of the Bulldogs' 29 second-half points. Cassidy Elliott and Julie Robles had seven boards each and limited the Jaguars to only three offensive rebounds. Jatoya Askew took a charge late in the contest to foul out one of Boulder Creek's top players, center Tashina Hunter, and Ashley Caswell stopped a potential game-winning score with a steal from behind.
"There wasn't one girl that we could have been short today and still have pulled out this win," Gonzalez said. "Everyone was so important. They saw the game was for us to take and they didn't want to let it go."
Gonzalez said Reed, who is Kingman's primary ball-handler and first or second in scoring in 10 games, still has a tendency to get down on herself but relies on her teammates to keep her going.
"When she turned the ball over or missed a free throw and came off to the sideline, I reminded her, 'It's okay, you're doing a wonderful job,' and she mentioned to me that she scared herself, and that's just her being a freshman," the coach said. "She's still learning the game, but she's got so much talent for a freshman, and we're fortunate to have her playing on the varsity team."
Kingman (6-10, 2-2), stays at home for Tuesday's matchup with Goldwater.