Gonzalez sparks rout
Kristen Gonzalez poured in 19 points to lead the Kingman High girls basketball team to 75-55 win over Surprise Valley Vista Friday at KHS in a Northwest Region contest.
The Bulldogs used a 13-0 run bridging the first and second quarters to distance themselves from the Monsoon. At the start of the run, Kingman (12-6, 2-1) held a slim 13-10 lead.
"I figured I had to play hard because we lost on Tuesday," Gonzalez said. "We played well as a team."
Gonzalez scored the last seven points of the run at the beginning of the second quarter. Gonzalez was fouled after making a layup, and Valley Vista's Antoinette Miller was hit with a technical foul after slamming the ball down on the floor.
Gonzalez calmly made all three free throws, stole the ball on the inbounds pass and nailed a 10-foot jumper to give the Bulldogs a 26-10 lead.
Despite the technical, Miller gave the Bulldogs fits on the defensive end. Miller finished with 29 points and her quickness kept sophomore Lindsey Reed in foul trouble the whole contest.
"She was really quick," senior Ashley Caswell said of Miller. "She untucked my shirt three times. That never happens."
Valley Vista (3-6, 1-3) was able to make a move on the Bulldogs in the third quarter as the Monsoon outscored Kingman 17-10. Valley Vista closed the margin to 13 at 54-41, but Kingman held them off, and the Monsoon never seriously threatened the Bulldogs again.
Kingman's scoring attack was well balanced after Gonzalez's 19 points. Cassidy Elliott was the only other Bulldog in double figures with 10. Dominique Hale and Caswell scored eight, Reed and Candice McMillon each had six and Amber Caswell added five.
"We were patient in the first half," coach Danny Gonzalez said. "That got us some good shots."
Julie Robles scored three and Tesla Morgan added two for the Bulldogs.
Gonzalez said he was concerned with the way the Bulldogs allowed Miller to penetrate inside the Kingman defense for most of the game.
"We should have taken more charges," he said. "We only took one. But we're still learning the many different situations that we could face."
The Bulldogs will take a break from region play when they host Division I Glendale Mountain Ridge (2-8) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at KHS. The Mountain Lions lost to Northwest Region front-runner Glendale Deer Valley 43-42 on Thursday.