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Borst earns first win of his career: Mohave 53, Kingman 51

December 1, 2016 GMT

By DANIEL McKILLOP

The Daily News

BULLHEAD CITY — It only took two games.

Lady T-birds first-year head varsity girls basketball coach Dustin Borst earned his first victory as varsity high school coach on Tuesday night.

Mohave High School returned from Kingman High School with a 53-51 victory against the Lady Bulldogs at Kingman High School.

“Being my first win at the varsity level is awesome, but again all the praise needs to go to these girls on the court for tonight’s win,” Borst said. “They are the ones who work hard at practice night in and night out and they are the ones who make my job fun.

“The girls absolutely deserved everything they got tonight.

“They grinded all game long.”

Borst said his T-birds trailed early and by halftime they were down nine points.

Down six going in to the fourth quarter was a “big confidence boost” for the girls to know that they can do this as a team.

“To get down early and fight our way back to win, we don’t want to do it all the time, but the girls know that they can do it,” Borst said.

The victory was not only special to Borst, but it meant a lot to his T-birds because it was the first time Mohave beat Kingman in girls basketball since the 2011-12 season.

Mohave senior guard Johnna Cox said the T-birds were happy for their head coach and that the verdict was in doubt down to the final buzzer.

Bridget MacDonald scored 11 of her game-high 16 points to lead Mohave. Breanna Cassidy added eight points and Rawaan Khatib chipped in seven for the 1-1 overall Arizona Interscholastic Association 4A Grand Canyon Region T-birds, and Kearra Tauta tallied 14 points and Courtney Mossor had 10 for the 1-2 overall AIA 3A West Region Bulldogs.

Teams’ records courtesy of maxpreps.com, and Mohave’s individual stats courtesy of Borst.