Goldwater's Welles puts 34 on Lady Bulldogs
KINGMAN - The well wasn't dry for the Phoenix Goldwater girls basketball team Friday at Kingman High.
Goldwater's Johnishia Welles scored 34 points in only three quarters, and Goldwater (9-2 AIA 5A-II, 5-1 Northwest) cruised to a 60-36 Northwest Region win. Goldwater clearly dominated the inside game, holding KHS (2-9, 1-7) to only one shot on most trips. Welles' points came within five feet of the basket or at the free-throw line.
"It's been our rebounding all year," KHS coach Danny Gonzalez said. "We're not getting that portion of the job done."
The Lady Bulldogs showed signs they could hang with Goldwater. KHS bounced back from a 15-8 hole in the first quarter to tie it at 19 by the end. That's when Welles took over.
She scored 14 of her 34 in the second period, which included a personal 6-0 run over a span of 80 seconds. The Lady Bulldogs scored eight to Goldwater's 22 and trailed 41-27 at the break.
The wheels completely fell off in the third as Goldwater outscored KHS 19-2 for a 60-29 lead. The Lady Bulldogs never got going and scored their one and only basket by freshman Stephanie Goulart after 5-1/2 minutes.
"I can't understand our not being focused," Gonzalez said. "We did the same thing when we played down there. It's all about pride, and our girls need to leave it all on the floor."
Goldwater emptied its bench in the fourth, and KHS shut them out 7-0 in the final eight minutes.
"The positive thing is that our mistakes are coming from our freshmen," the coach said. "That's not to blame them, but it shows there's a lot of room for improvement."
In Gonzalez' eight-man rotation, he uses four freshmen.
Senior Bianca Sapien led the Lady Bulldogs with 11, and senior Michelle Bracy scored eight. Freshman Alison Owen added six, senior Addie Christensen and freshman Rachel Arave each had four, Goulart finished with two and freshman Taylor Reed added one.
KHS hosts Anthem Boulder Creek (4-7, 3-4) at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Boulder Creek beat KHS 46-35 Jan. 7 in Anthem.
"We played them neck and neck down there," Gonzalez said. "But at the end, we stopped being aggressive."