One shot in the third quarter proved to be the turning point for Kingman High Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs went into halftime down 27-20 to Phoenix Barry Goldwater, then proceeded to hit their first shot in the third quarter to spur a 20-point quarter as KHS outscored Goldwater 20-3 and held onto a 50-46 win.
"We needed to come out and score the first basket and we did that and it really built our momentum from there," said Jerron Anthony, who ended the night with five points but grabbed seven defensive rebounds to help propel the 20-point outburst.
"We really didn't shoot the ball in the first half and I told them that your shots are going to fall," first-year coach Ron Anthony said. "Jerron's rebounding in the fourth quarter was huge. He didn't score a lot of points, but he grabbed some really great defensive rebounds."
Goldwater took a 14-8 lead after the first quarter, but after the Bulldogs' third quarter run, KHS had a 40-30 lead heading into the fourth quarter and knocked down 3 of 7 free throws in the game's final minute to secure the win.
"The fact that we got the first game under us, the jitters are gone, the mentality is up, the confidence is up we just have to get it out of the way and head into our next game," Jerron said.
Nick Dellacioppa led the Bulldogs with 11 points. Chayce Comins added nine points, Shane Metcalf had seven points and Stevie Vaughn had six points.
KHS (1-0) traveled to Surprise Willow Canyon Wednesday and will return home Tuesday to host Flagstaff Coconino.
"It's always great to get your first win. I've known this group of kids for a long time, so we are really close. It was great for them to win for their confidence," Ron Anthony said. "We will learn from the mistakes we made and hopefully we will shoot the ball better for the next home game."
Kingman Girls 36, Goldwater 13
Desirae Gonzalez had 10 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 36-13 win over Phoenix Barry Goldwater Tuesday night in Phoenix.
KHS (2-0) took an 18-13 lead at halftime and led 30-13 heading into the third quarter. The Bulldogs outscored Goldwater 12-0 in the third quarter.
"I was real pleased with our defensive effort, both in full court and half court," said KHS coach Danny Gonzalez. "At the beginning of the game, I told the girls that we shouldn't concentrate too much on what we are not doing well, but to concentrate on what can we do well."
One thing they did well was rebound - they had 40. Desirae led with 13 boards, followed by Rachel Arave's and Taylor Reed's eight boards and Alison Owen's five boards.
"I think a big reason for our 40-rebound performance was the rebounding of Desirae, Rachael, and Taylor. They really kept them off the boards," Gonzalez said. "Our guards kept their scorers to single digits with their pressure defense. It was really a team effort though."
Arave added nine points, Reed had eight points and Owen chipped in five points.
Stephanie Goulart (four points) and Heather Weninger (two points) rounded out the scoring.
The Lady Bulldogs will travel to the River Valley Tournament this weekend before heading to Flagstaff Coconino on Tuesday. KHS will return home Dec. 11 to host Avondale Westview.