KINGMAN - The Lee Williams girls basketball showed some maturity with two nail-biting wins over the weekend. The Lady Vols pulled away late to beat Lake Havasu Thursday at LWHS, 33-29, and then they used overtime to get a win in their section opener Friday at Buckeye Youngker, 50-46.
Lee Williams (6-4 Division III, 1-0 Section VI) ended the Youngker (6-4, 0-1) game with a 5-0 run after trailing 46-45. Freshman Chania Scott scored a basket, Sadie Snay made 1-of-2 free throws, and Madi Arave sank two from the charity stripe to seal the win.
Scott finished with 15 points, including going 5-for-5 from the free throw line. Snay finished with 14, Marli Lauck added 10, and Arave had eight.
After beginning the fourth quarter tied 20-20 with Havasu (6-4) in a non-section contest, the Lady Vols built an eight-point lead, 33-25, with a little more than a minute remaining and held on to beat the Knights.
Arave led Lee Williams with 13 points and eight rebounds.
The Lady Vols host Phoenix Washington (7-4) in non-section action at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Joy Christian 52, Kingman 49
At Joy Christian, Miguel Salinas missed a tying 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation and the Kingman Bulldogs fell to Joy Christian (6-3, 2-0) in its D-IV, Section III opener. Salinas had just hit a 3-pointer 10 seconds earlier to bring Kingman (4-6, 0-1) within one, 47-46.
"It was tough. He was pretty crushed," said KHS boys basketball coach Nick Juby. "I told him without the first one, the last one wouldn't have mattered."
Salinas finished with six points.
Anthony Pinto led the Bulldogs with 12 points. Jordan Dupee and Tanner Best each scored 10, Jon Hunt added nine on three 3-pointers, and Elijah Howery added two.
Kingman hosts Mohave (6-5, 1-0) in a Section III contest at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Estrella Foothills 59, Kingman Academy 35
At Estrella Foothills, Kingman Academy lost its D-III, Section VI opener to the No. 2-ranked Wolves Friday, 59-35. The Tigers trailed 28-22 at the half to Estrella (9-1, 1-0), but the Wolves sped away in the second half.
"We played the first half only," said KAHS boys basketball coach Brian Devincenzi. "(We) should have mailed it in the second. We made them look much better than they are."
Cade Martin led the Academy (5-6, 0-1) with 18 points, 16 in the first half. Tyler Chinyere scored six, P.J. Homer contributed five, Kannon Butler finished with four and Jeffry Chinyere had two.
Academy next plays at No. 17 Glendale Cactus (9-3, 2-0) in another section game at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Tigers are ranked No. 29.
Lake Havasu 49, Lee Williams 34
At LWHS, the Knights broke open a 21-21 tie at the half with a 16-6 third quarter and never looked back in beating Lee Williams Thursday, 49-34.
"In the first half, we played the game at our pace, but in the second I think we got nervous and tried to pick it up," said LWHS boys basketball coach Ray Smith. "That's what got us into trouble."
Braxton Burgess led with nine points for Lee Williams (6-5). Lawrence Campbell and Marco Narvarte each scored seven, Kael Juelfs tallied six, Parker Taylor made a 3-pointer, and Kenyon Rowley had two.
The Vols play at Wickenburg (3-6, 0-2) in their D-IV, Section III opener at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Lee Williams rebounded with a 60-52 win over Northland Prep in Flagstaff Saturday. Chaise Shropshire scored 16 points to lead the Vols.
Buckeye 11, Kingman 1
At KHS, No. 8 Buckeye (5-2, 4-0) owned No. 18 Kingman (3-5, 3-2) in a D-IV, Section I showdown Friday, 11-1.
"Our hearts and heads were not in the game at all," said KHS boys soccer coach Tony Schlosser. "It was ugly."
Manuel Tadeo was assisted by Derek Brown for the Bulldogs' only goal of the game.
Kingman keeper Kaegan Rivedale posted 22 saves.
The Bulldogs try to keep their state tournament hopes alive when they play at Wellton Antelope (2-6, 0-5) in a section match at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Buckeye 3, Kingman 0
At Buckeye, Kingman (1-6-1, 0-3-1) kept Buckeye (4-5, 1-1) close throughout the D-IV, Section I contest but just couldn't get into the scoring column Friday.
The Bulldogs host Wickenburg (3-3) at 6 p.m. Wednesday in a non-section match.