Mesa Dobson coach Tyler Dumas had a feeling his girls basketball team wasn’t quite ready to play Tuesday night as it went through pregame warm-ups. Fortunately for Dumas his team came alive in time to salvage a 52-47 victory over visiting Mesa Red Mountain.
Sophomore post Kameron Knutson scored eight of her 12 points in the fourth period to fuel Dobson’s come-from-behind win. Dobson had four players in double figures, led by Knutson and Dominique Gray with 12. Andrea Jones and Jordan Shank added 11 points apiece.
Red Mountain entered the final period with a 35-31 lead. It took Dobson less than two minutes to grab the lead for good after baskets by Knutson inside and Gray with a short jumper that made it 36-35 Mustangs. Knutson added a 3-point play with 4:07 left that broke a 38-38 tie. A putback by Knutson with 2:22 left capped a 7-0 run that gave the Mustangs (13-6, 2-0 East Valley Region) enough breathing room to ward off the pesky Mountain Lions (5-14, 1-2).
“She’s doing a great job,” Dumas said of Knutson. “She played a few games with us at the end of last year. She’s continuing to develop.”
Knutson sat out virtually the entire third when she picked up her third foul with 7:49 left in the period. With Knutson out, Red Mountain senior Deanna Reich was able to get good shots and connected. She was 3 of 3 from the field in the period and 9 of 11 through three quarters with 20 points. Reich got into foul trouble in the final period and sat for about 90 seconds — about the same juncture Dobson reeled off its game-claiming run.
Reich finished with a game-high 26 points. Dobson beat Red Mountain in the Nike Tournament of Champions last month. Reich missed that meeting.
Dobson played without its second-leading scorer, senior Amanda Gohsman, who was sidelined with the flu. Shank came off the bench to provide scoring in her absence.
“We weren’t sure we were going to have Jordan (Shank) tonight because she hurt her knee against Westwood,” Dumas said. “She was able to play and stepped up for us.”