Streaking Bulldogs win 2 more
KHS girls rip Mohave, league foe
KINGMAN - Wins by 25 and 20 points Thursday and Friday for the Kingman High girls basketball team extended the Lady Bulldogs' win streak to 10.
KHS ran away in the second half to beat Mohave 64-39 in Bullhead City, and the Lady Bulldogs returned home to beat Anthem Boulder Creek in a Northwest Region game, 60-40.
KHS (7-0, 3-0 NW) trailed the T-birds Thursday 21-20 at the break before outscoring Mohave 43-19 in the second half. The Lady Bulldogs held a seven-point lead at the end of the third quarter.
"We started pressing, and we settled down," KHS coach Danny Gonzalez said. "The press got us the lead, but hats off to Mohave. They didn't quit just like Boulder Creek didn't."
Lindsey Reed led KHS with 30 points - 28 in the second half. She also had 12 steals in the win over Mohave (4-3). Tesla Morgan and Amber Caswell each scored nine, and Dominique Hale had seven. Sara Reed added four, Michelle Bracy three and Bianca Sapien had two.
The Lady Bulldogs are 15-1 overall, including the three wins posted this week. KHS looked sluggish in its win over Boulder Creek (3-5, 1-2 NW) as the busy week concluded.
"I think we were waiting for Friday to end," Gonzalez said. "We traveled two of the three games, and it took its toll. After beating Mohave, I was concerned about being lethargic."
KHS looked uncomfortable in the first quarter, and Reed picked up two fouls in the stanza. But the Lady Bulldogs still opened an 18-13 lead heading into the second quarter.
"We're in good shape," Caswell said. "We did play three games, and that could have been it."
Fortune turned KHS' way when Boulder Creek's Tina Boyle picked up her third foul with 5:44 left in the first half. Boyle had eight points by then, but would finish with only 10.
The Lady Bulldogs built a 30-21 lead by the half when their defense forced the Jaguars into a bundle of turnovers. KHS' lead could have been larger, but poor free throw shooting held the Lady Bulldogs back. KHS shot 8-for-19 from the charity stripe in the first half.
"We talk about free throws all the time," Gonzalez said. "If we don't start making them, it'll get us. The good thing was in the second half we made at least one of two."
The Lady Bulldogs ended the third quarter on a 10-1 run to lead 43-30 after Boulder Creek cut the lead down to 33-29 with less than four minutes to go.
The Jaguars received another harsh blow at the start of the fourth. Cate Taylor Anderson hit the floor hard and never returned to the game. KHS kept its distance from Boulder Creek down the stretch for the win.
"We didn't start out well," Morgan said. "But we picked it up. It was an important game for us."
Hale had a double-double for KHS with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Lindsey Reed scored 15 and Morgan added 10. Caswell finished with nine points and six rebounds. Sara Reed had five, Bracy added three and Shelby Lehew added a bucket.
"The good thing is we got points by running our offense. Normally, we get them from the press," Gonzalez said. "We had a lot of shots inside."
KHS hosts Glendale Deer Valley (3-2, 1-2 NW) at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Lady Bulldogs scored a 51-44 tournament win at Deer Valley Dec. 12.
"We're ready for that game," Caswell said.