KHS girls outgunned at Surprise
KINGMAN - Valley Vista shot lights out to hand the Kingman High girls basketball team a 74-61 loss in Surprise on Friday. The two Northwest Region juggernauts scorched the nets in the first half, as the Monsoon held a 49-41 advantage.
"It was a barn burner," KHS coach Danny Gonzalez said. "They must have shot over 70 percent for the whole game."
Gonzalez said it was Valley Vista's ability to capitalize on the few mistakes the Bulldogs made in the contest.
"It's a loss, but you can still win when you lose," Gonzalez said. "I'm real proud of their effort. There wasn't a whole lot where we can say this is what happened."
Valley Vista (8-3, 3-1) held a 27-23 at the end of the first quarter, as the Monsoon wreaked havoc on the KHS (8-4, 2-2) press defense. "They had a lot of layups that we couldn't get to," Gonzalez said. "Everything they threw up went in."
Gonzalez went to a zone defense in the second half to cool off Valley Vista, and the Monsoon only scored 25 points. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they cooled off as well with only 20 second-half points.
"As hot as we were in the first half," Gonzalez said, "we came out in the second and weren't pouring them in like we had been."
Tesla Morgan led the Bulldogs with 17 points, and Lindsey Reed and Sarah Murphy each had 16. Dominique Hale finished with 8 and Cassidy Elliott added 4 for KHS.
Morgan was one of the Bulldogs who was frost-bitten in the second half. Morgan had 15 in the first half, but could only manage two the rest of the way.
Reed and Murphy played the entire game, while Morgan, Hale and Elliott had to play through foul trouble.
"Our bench did some positive things," Gonzalez said.
The game was played in front of a rowdy crowd, Gonzalez said. "They had a packed gym with a band playing," he said. "It was a basketball atmosphere."
Scoring all those points and having to come away with a loss didn't sit too well with Gonzalez.
"Scoring 61, and 41 at half, but still losing is not the best feeling," he said. "We're going to have to control them better on the other end the next time we play them."
The Bulldogs will face Valley Vista in the last regular season game on Feb. 14 at KHS. In the meantime, the Bulldogs still have a lot work to do, and that includes being in Anthem to face Boulder Creek (7-3, 2-1) on Tuesday.
"They are suppose to be big and physical," Gonzalez said. "We'll be ready to go. The girls want to get back out on the floor, and that's the encouraging thing."