KINGMAN - Senior Desirae Gonzalez scored the game's first two points and moments later the state's leading scorer drove for another basket, got bumped and never returned.
"Desirae may have hurt her knee," said KHS girls basketball coach, and Desirae's father, Danny Gonzalez. "We just didn't step up when Desirae went down."
Kingman (15-1, 4-1) suffered its first regular season loss at Buckeye (13-4, 5-0) in Division III, Section VI action Wednesday, 48-21. The loss dropped Kingman to No. 8 in the rankings and Buckeye jumped up to No. 10. The Hawks get the No. 1 seed in the upcoming section tournament and the Lady Bulldogs are the No. 2.
Desirae Gonzalez is the leading scorer in all of Arizona with 29.4 points per game. She averages a double-double that includes 10.5 rebounds per game, and she adds 3.3 steals, 2.8 assists and 1.1 blocks for the Lady Bulldogs. Gonzalez has already signed with Nevada to play basketball for the Lady Wolf Pack after she graduates this spring. One can only imagine what must feel like a nightmare for her.
"I wish today was a dream," she posted to her Twitter account Wednesday evening after the game. "Because if it is I would like to wake now."
After Gonzalez went down, the Lady Bulldogs managed to stay in the game through the first half.
"We held them to 16 at halftime," coach Gonzalez said. "Problem was we only had nine."
Buckeye ran away from Kingman in the second half, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 32-14.
Cheri Roundy led the Lady Bulldogs with eight points. Christina Thames scored five, Makenna Taylor and Kim Carroll each contributed three, and Gonzalez had the two.
Further evaluation on Gonzalez is needed before the extent of her injury can be known.
Kingman ends the regular season by hosting Lee Williams (8-8, 2-3) at 5:30 p.m. today. The Lady Volunteers are fighting for the fourth and final spot in the Section VI tournament that begins Tuesday and is being hosted by Buckeye Youngker.