After Kingman High's 43-31 loss to Surprise Willow Canyon last week. Coach Danny Gonzalez showed Taylor Reed and Rachel Arave their shooting stats from the game.
Both responded by telling Gonzalez that it wouldn't be like that come Tuesday during their home opener against Phoenix Barry Goldwater.
They were right.
Reed led KHS with 15 points and Arave followed with 12 points, but unfortunately for the Lady Bulldogs, they couldn't contain Goldwater's Jessica Lord in a 66-45 loss.
"I'm pleased with our effort, we left it on the floor," Gonzalez said. "We are trying to compete to win and (Goldwater) is a senior-set team and we're not."
Goldwater has six seniors on its roster including Lord who finished the night with 24 points with 15 of them scored in the first half. Chelsea Begay also added 17 points for Goldwater in the first half. Goldwater went on a 20-0 run late in the first quarter and continued it through the second quarter.
KHS's first points of the second quarter didn't come until 2:08 when Stephanie Goulart nailed a three-pointer to cut Goldwater's lead to 36-14. But the damage had already been done as the Lady Bulldogs' youthfulness showed with 14 turnovers in the first half.
"We know it's going to come, but the only way to surpass that is to let it go in the game," said Gonzalez of the youth. "We need to experience that in a game."
Goulart finished the night with nine points while Heather Weninger had five points and Shelby Dugan and Allison Owen each had two points.
Despite the 0-2 start and a roster consisting of eight sophomores, Gonzalez is excited about this sophomore group, mostly because of the leadership and the work ethic the players have already displayed.
"Sometimes you can lose but still win and that's what we are trying to get an understanding of," Gonzalez said. "Okay, so the score wasn't in our favor, but what are we going to do about it? The girls said, 'Coach let's work harder on this, let's work harder on that,' and that's what I want to hear."