KINGMAN - Despite playing just its second game since Dec. 17, the Kingman High girls basketball team bolted out to a 21-6 lead by the end of the first quarter and took down the Coconino Panthers Tuesday at KHS, 54-34.
"We hadn't played a home game in a while, and we really wanted to play well," said sophomore Desirae Gonzalez. "We had some of the most intense practices this last week that we've had all season. We came out on fire."
Gonzalez led the Lady Bulldogs with a double-double, scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Coconino (7-3 D-II, 14-6) tried to make a run at Kingman (10-0 D-II, 16-1) in the third quarter when the Panthers outscored the Lady Bulldogs 12-4, but Gonzalez ended those thoughts when she scored seven points in about 1-1/2 minutes.
"I didn't want to let us get down to them," she said. "I wanted to get the momentum back."
Taylor Reed scored 15 points for Kingman. Alison Owen added nine with seven assists, and Stephanie Goulart, Heather Weninger, and McKell Old Bull each had two.
Kingman opens its AIA D-II Section 1 schedule against Bradshaw Mountain (9-2, 18-2) at 7 p.m. Friday in Prescott Valley.
"We've increased our intensity at practice by three times," said KHS coach Danny Gonzalez. "Now every game counts."
Kingman Academy 69, Parker 40
KINGMAN - Lance Martin led the Kingman Academy boys basketball team with 14 points and the Tigers steamrolled Parker in an AIA D-III Section 2 contest Tuesday at KAHS.
Kingman Academy (2-0 S-2, 9-0 D-III) led by 18 at halftime, 34-16, and made it 30 by the end of the third quarter, 61-31.
Tarik Skubal scored 12 points for the Tigers. Henry Chinyere and Breyden Potter each finished with 10.
The Tigers put their undefeated regular-season record on the line today they take on Estrella Foothills (3-0, 5-5) at 7 p.m. in Goodyear.
Coconino 54, Kingman 51
KINGMAN - Despite Tanner Cardiff's season-high 15 points, the Kingman High boys basketball team fell short to Coconino in Flagstaff Tuesday.
Kingman (5-4 D-II, 9-10) held a six-point lead at the end of the first quarter, 20-14. The Bulldogs couldn't hold it as Coconino (2-7, 5-12) outscored Kingman in each of the remaining quarters. It is the third consecutive loss for the Bulldogs. Ethan Adams was the only other Bulldog in double figures. He finished with 11.
Kingman opens its Section 1 part of the schedule by hosting Bradshaw Mountain (3-7, 8-12) at 7 p.m. Friday.