There were a few occasions last year that the Kingman High girls basketball team was on the short end of a running clock.
Tuesday night, the Lady Bulldogs benefited from being on the other side of it in a 60-31 win over Surprise Willow Canyon to open the 2012-13 season.
"I mentioned it to the girls - how nice it is to be at the other end of a running clock," said KHS coach Danny Gonzalez.
The running clock goes into effect if a team is ahead by more than 30 points after three quarters and only stops in the game's final minutes.
KHS (1-0) went up 12-8 after the first quarter and 28-12 at halftime. In the third quarter the Lady Bulldogs outscored Willow Canyon 16-6 to take a 44-22 lead as Gonzalez credited his team getting over the first-game jitters.
"At halftime, we just reminded them that we weren't focused," Gonzalez said. "The second half we just came out and they wanted to play basketball and we started to relax. Rachael Arave started to relax and started attacking the basket, getting rebounds and making layups. That's what we need. When we have the opportunities to score easy, do it."
KHS had three players in double figures, led by Taylor Reed's 16 points, Desirae Gonzalez's 11 and Alison Owen's 10 points. Stephanie Goulart chipped in nine points.
"I was a little wary because we had a game early, but it will be good when we hit our tournaments to say that we had these games under our belt," Gonzalez said. "I'm glad we have a couple of days of a break and it's good to get out and get this game and be 1-0."
KHS will return to the court Tuesday when the Lady Bulldogs travel to Phoenix Barry Goldwater. They will then travel to the River Valley Tournament this weekend and the Pepsi Invitational Dec. 6-8 before returning home Dec. 11 to host Avondale Westview.