Lady Bulldogs pick up first win at Flagstaff tournament
The Kingman High girls basketball team finally got into the win column Friday at the Flagstaff Invitational.
Led by Taylor Reed's 19 points, the Lady Bulldogs jumped to a 33-2 halftime lead en route to a 50-14 win over Sells Baboquivari.
"It feels good to get a win, but we missed a handful of layups," KHS coach Danny Gonzalez said. "Everybody says that you can lose but still win. We won, but in talking to the team it wasn't a win because we had so many errors on our part that we need to correct."
Allison Owen and Stephanie Goulart each added eight points while Rachel Arave had four. Selena Leon Vega, Destiny Bedow, Heather Weninger and Paige Cardiff tossed in two points and Berenice Alvarado had one.
Flagstaff 40, Kingman 33
The Lady Bulldogs (1-5) couldn't keep up the momentum of the win and couldn't overcome 31 turnovers in a 40-33 loss to Flagstaff.
"We played really well and we were leading after the first quarter," Gonzalez said. "It was tied at halftime."
The Eagles outscored the Lady Bulldogs 15-3 in the third quarter to take a 32-20 lead.
"We played with some intensity," Gonzalez said. "We had some very important possessions toward the end of the game. We had some layup opportunities where we just fumbled the basketball.
"I thought we did real well on some things. Our rebounding wasn't as effective as we planned. They had a lot of pressure the whole game and I thought we handled that real well."
Arave led KHS with 14 points while Reed had eight. Weninger chipped in with six points, Goulart had four and Cardiff had one.
Page 44, Kingman 27
KHS opened the tournament Thursday with a 44-27 loss to Page.
Arave led the Lady Bulldogs with eight points, Reed had seven, Owen had six, Cardiff and Shelby Dugan had two each and Weninger had one.
"The first quarter killed us," Gonzalez said. "I think we allowed them to score 20 points. Pretty much in the second half we came and played with them and we cut it down to nine."
KHS wrapped up the tournament with a game against Flagstaff Coconino Saturday. The Lady Bulldogs will travel to Avondale Westview Tuesday before returning home Thursday and Friday for games against Prescott and Flagstaff.
"One of our goals coming into the tournament was that hopefully we can start to play together and maybe stay in the game and we did it with Flagstaff and with Page," Gonzalez said. "Now we have to add to our goal. Now that we are remaining close in the game, let's teach ourselves to win that game. The girls are optimistic on the challenge."