Streaking Bulldogs crush Centennial
Double-doubles spell trouble for Coyotes as KHS rolls, 59-44
KINGMAN - Lindsey Reed and Tesla Morgan each recorded a double-double and Sarah Murphy added 13 points as the Kingman High girls basketball team upended Centennial 59-44 Friday in Peoria for the Bulldog's seventh win in a row.
Reed had 14 points to go along with 13 rebounds, and Morgan had 14 points with 10 rebounds. Reed missed a triple-double by only three assists as she finished with seven.
"We looked real sharp," KHS coach Danny Gonzalez said. "We played great defense, our rebounding was phenomenal and our transition game went well."
Gonzalez said at one point the Bulldogs scored three consecutive layups without the ball once touching the floor. "I feel really good about this win," he said. "Now we just hope to carry it over to Tuesday."
KHS (10-4, 6-1) jumped out to a 17-7 lead after the first quarter, but Centennial (3-5) came back to tie it at 22 toward the end of the first half. The Bulldogs were able to carry the momentum into the locker room when Morgan hit a 3-pointer just before the end to lead 25-22 at half.
"We were struggling to score," Gonzalez said. "But Tesla was able to come down and hit it."
KHS used the momentum to outscore the Coyotes 20-10 in the third quarter and led 45-32 at the beginning of the fourth.
Amber Caswell came off the bench to score nine points for the Bulldogs. Cassidy Elliot added five with seven rebounds, and Dominique Hale and Jennica Peck each had two.
"Since the tournament, Amber has really been helping us out," Gonzalez said.
However, Centennial took another run at the Bulldogs, and the Coyotes shortened the lead to 10 with a few minutes to play. "They started to press, but we went right through it for layups," Reed said. "We saw they got frustrated and we were loving it."
Though Elliott only scored five, her seven rebounds and defensive intensity - she had four steals - played a large role in the Bulldogs' win. Gonzalez said Elliott came up with the game-clincher after a missed KHS free throw when she hauled in the offensive rebound in the waning minutes of the contest.
"Cassidy did an awesome job all night," Gonzalez said. "She had a couple of fouls when she was blocking out, and we'll take that."
The Bulldogs open the Northwest Region schedule on Tuesday in Glendale against defending region champion Deer Valley (1-5) in the first of three games in four days for KHS.
"We're ready for Deer Valley," Reed said. "Deer Valley is who we want."