KINGMAN - Kaylee Mueller had some extra motivation Friday night when she took the floor for the Kingman Academy Lady Tigers as part of the team's Hoops for Hope cancer fundraiser.
"This was kind an emotional game for me tonight so I went out there and gave it my all," she said.
Give it all she did. Mueller scored 27 points, including 15 in the third quarter, to lead KAHS to a 56-28 win over Phoenix South Ridge.
"Before tip off, that's the only thing I could think about," said Mueller, whose grandfather suffers from prostate cancer and couldn't attend the game. "The nerves and everything was all for my grandfather. I wish he could be here tonight."
Wearing pink socks to mark the special occasion, Mueller had 12 points as the Lady Tigers took a 31-12 lead at halftime and led 52-20 at the end of the third quarter.
Ashlea Tomlinson added eight points for KAHS as they jumped to a 16-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Tigers host Peoria Accelerated at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and West Phoenix at 5 p.m. Friday.