KINGMAN - An ugly trend was reversed Friday when the Kingman High girls basketball team wore down Phoenix Goldwater for a 66-50 win. The Bulldogs had their seven-game win streak snapped on Tuesday, and followed that up with another loss on Thursday.
"It was an important win for us as far as conference is concerned," KHS coach Danny Gonzalez said.
KHS (11-6, 7-3, 1-1) lost to Deer Valley 47-38 on Tuesday to open region and fell to Mountain Ridge 56-53 on Thursday. Both games were played in Glendale, and the week's travel took its toll on the Bulldogs on Friday.
Goldwater (4-6, 0-2) jumped out early with a 6-0 run to start the game, as the Bulldogs were visibly tired while committing eight turnovers. KHS outscored Goldwater 9-3 in the quarter's last five minutes to knot it at nine.
The Bulldogs' pressure defense seemed to work well in the second until the last three minutes. KHS had built up a 21-18 lead, but faltered at the end, and Goldwater took a 28-26 lead into the half.
The momentum of the game switched in the third when KHS opened with a 12-0 run to lead by 10 halfway through the quarter. The Bulldogs had 10 of their 21 steals in the stanza.
Goldwater didn't back down and outscored the Bulldogs 7-3 over the next three minutes. After Gonzalez called a timeout to regroup, KHS led 45-37 to start the fourth.
"We stressed the fact we just shook them up," Gonzalez said. "I asked if we wanted to give it back."
The Bulldogs poured in 21 points in the fourth and were able to get past pesky Goldwater. KHS had three players in double figures, as Lindsey Reed had a double-double, 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Tesla Morgan scored 15 and Cassidy Elliot finished with 11.
"I tried to be strong to the hoop and see the basket," Elliott said. "We were pumped for the game after our two losses."
Amber Caswell finished with nines, scoring nine and grabbing nine boards.
"She really stepped up for us again," Gonzalez said. "I made sure to let the girls know that."
Sarah Murphy scored six, Dominique Hale had five and Jennica Peck had two for the Bulldogs.
KHS lost to Deer Valley (2-6, 1-0) when the Bulldogs could only manage 13 second-half points after leading 25-24 at halftime. Reed scored 20, but Deer Valley ran a box-and-one to contain her in the second.
It was back-to-back losses when the Bulldogs let a 44-35 third quarter lead evaporate against Mountain Ridge (4-4). Late game turnovers and fouls were the reasons for the loss. Morgan and Hale each had 13 for KHS.
The Bulldogs take on Willow Canyon (5-4, 0-1) at 6 p.m. Tuesday at KHS in a region matchup.