Kingston offense, defense best of year in 2nd win

The Kingston girls basketball team hosted the Klahowya Eagles Jan. 26 and won 45-38.

The Buccaneers 45-point performance was the second-most points scored in a game this season, and giving up 38 points was a season-low.

Klahowya took a 9-0 lead in the first five minutes when Shyanne Kilmer and Bailey O’Brien scored a few three-pointers. But the Eagles offense stalled in the remaining three minutes, and Kingston responded. Tavyn Belgarde started the scoring display with a free throw while Taizah Franklin scored seven-straight points to end the quarter trailing 9-8.

The teams battled back and forth for the first few minutes of the second quarter, but the Bucs began to run a full-court press that forced several Klahowya turnovers.

Jayla Moon capitalized on a steal underneath the basket to give Kingston a 19-17 lead, and Kingston never looked back. Tatiana Fontes-Lawrence added a basket to give Kingston a 21-17 lead at halftime.

Both teams went cold in the third quarter, scoring just seven points each. O’Brien tied the game at 24-24 before Moon snatched the lead back with a couple of free throws.

Both teams came firing in the fourth quarter. Moon started it off with a couple of three-pointers while multiple Eagles scored a single basket.

With over a minute remaining, Klahowya narrowed the lead to 42-36 and began to force Kingston to shoot free throws. Moon and Franklin nailed theirs consistently to keep Kingston in front to give the Bucs their second win of the season.

Franklin ended with 14 points, and Moon added 13. Kilmer led Klahowya with 10 points.