The Panthers had no problem opening up with a lopsided victory in the season opener despite just receiving some key players back from the football season on Saturday.
Jake Armijo and Ty jacquez each scored 15 points to lead Piedra Vista (1-0) to a 81-35 win past Navajo Prep (0-1).
“It was nice to get the football guys going and to see everyone on the court,” said PV head coach Adam Huff. “Armijo scored 15 in very limited time.”
Though the team came away with a large win, Huff is hoping to see improvements on the defensive end.
“We are still learning what everyone is supposed to do on their switches, and we are still figuring out a rotation. Right now it is all a process of me needing to learn more about the players more than them needing to learn about me,” Huff said.
Mika Mauga led the Eagles with 11 points while Tyler Sorenson chipped in eight.
“I will take these tough games in the beginning. As far as winning and losing, I am not worried about that. I am worried about the boys progressing and getting better,” said Navajo Prep head coach Dustin Moore. “There were a lot of positives to take away from this game.”
PV will be in action Friday night against San Juan (Blanding), Utah.
Shiprock 54, San Juan, Utah 52
Hiram Gleason's game-winning shot sent the Chieftains to 1-0 Tuesday night at the Chieftain Pit.
Shiprock led San Juan (Blanding), Utah 47-41 going into the fourth quarter when head coach Chester H. Atcitty Jr. said the team lost all momentum, but Gleason's bucket right before time expired gave the team a 54-52 win.
“We lost momentum because our big guy (Patdric Toehe) went down with an injury,” Atcitty said. “I was thinking ‘now is not the time,' but we finally pulled it off. Gleason scored as time expired. He went to the left side of the hoop and put it off the glass and it dropped. Blanding tried to call timeout but the buzzer went off and that was it.”
The shot was set up by a Deron Johnson steal. Johnson was key in the late minutes forcing turnovers in the full-court press, Atcitty said.
“He snuck in behind their guard and poked the ball away,” Atcitty said of Johnson. “He did a great job forcing those turnovers and he created for us. We capitalized on that at the finish big time.”
Justin Begay led Shiprock with 18 points while Toehe scored 13 before going down with an ankle injury.
“We will rehab him up and see what the doc says if we need to,” Atcitty said of his star center. “We hope to bring him back somewhere down the road when we get the kinks out of the ankle.”
Shiprock will play in the Kirtland Central tournament, beginning with a game against District 1-3A foe Bloomfield on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Aztec 45, Cuba 34
In what head coach Ben Tensay called an ugly game, the Aztec Lady Tigers still picked up their first win of the season.
Aztec (1-1) defeated Cuba 45-34 Tuesday night at Lillywhite Gymnasium. Morgan Smith led the team with 14 points while Jessica Kresl scored 11.
“We didn't play as well as we should, but a win is a win and we got it,” Tensay said. “It is something we can build on, but we have to do better.”
Tensay credited Cuba for its free-throw shooting and said his team made too many fouls away from the basket.
Cuba led by four at the half but Aztec was able to hit a few quick 3-point shots to take a lead it wouldn't relinquish.
Aztec plays again Thursday night at Crownpoint.
More scores: Navajo Prep 59, Dulce 37