KINGMAN - O'Connor used a 17-7 third quarter to put away the Kingman High girls basketball team 61-47 Tuesday in Phoenix after the Lady Bulldogs found themselves trailing 28-21 at the half.
"We played well until we had a horrible third quarter," KHS coach Danny Gonzalez said. "We salvaged some in the fourth, but we put ourselves in a hole and tried to dig out of it."
KHS (2-8 AIA 5A-II, 1-5 Northwest) got off to a decent start by leading O'Connor (2-8, 1-4) 11-9 after the first quarter. The Eagles then outscored the Lady Bulldogs 19-10 in the second.
Senior captain and workhorse Addie Christensen, fell victim to her blood sugar battle again and KHS had to do without her services in the second half.
"I mentioned to the girls after the game that I've noticed when Addie is not feeling well, we don't have the movement or handle the pressure effectively," Gonzalez said. "We did in the fourth but fell short."
Christensen finished with nine points, and Bianca Sapien scored a game-high 19 points for KHS.
"Bianca did a better job of taking it to the basket," the coach said. "We limited our 3s because we thought we could get to the basket."
Sapien, usually a 3-point sharpshooter, finished with just one 3-pointer but made eight 2-point baskets.
After shooting 43 free throws in last Friday's 60-43 win over Surprise Willow Canyon, the Lady Bulldogs went to the line only four times. O'Connor made 8-of-13.
"It seemed like they were at the line all night," Gonzalez said. "It's hard to go from shooting 43 one night and only four the next."
Freshman Taylor Reed scored seven points and pulled down 10 rebounds for KHS. Gonzalez would like for Reed to get some help.
"Other than Taylor, our rebounding didn't have the big numbers," he said. "We have to get the other kids involved on the boards. We had opportunities, but we didn't knock them down."
KHS hosts up-and-coming Phoenix Goldwater (8-1, 5-0) at 6 p.m. today. Goldwater defeated the Lady Bulldogs 52-27 Dec. 13 in Phoenix.