Shiprock simply couldn’t be stopped Thursday night at Navajo Prep.
The Lady Chieftains (5-1) rolled past the Lady Eagles (3-3) 67-26 behind Taylor Henderson’s game-high 17 points.
“We fell back into a zone defense and played pretty tight. We would get the ball and get up the floor quick to score,” said Shiprock head coach Larenson Henderson. “I was expecting more out of Prep, but we have to get ready for Piedra Vista tomorrow.”
Sasha Joe scored another 11 points for Shiprock while Geovonia Harry had eight.
Three more Lady Chiefs also had six points as Henderson worked in his second unit.
Shiprock hits the road again tonight to face Piedra Vista while Navajo Prep is off until January.
Goddard 31, Aztec 26
The Lady Tigers began play in the Artesia tournament Thursday with a low-scoring game against Goddard.
The Rockets beat the Lady Tigers 31-26 in a game Aztec head coach Ben Tensay called a “nail-biter.”
“We did very good on defense, but we couldn’t get shots to fall,” Tensay said. “I am glad we are here. Our girls are making huge strides toward getting better. It is a very good experience for us. The teams here are tough.”
Aztec will face Ruidoso today at 11:30 a.m. in the loser’s bracket.
Estancia 54, Bloomfield 43
Bloomfield fell in the opening round of the Laguna Acoma girls’ basketball tournament to Estancia.
The Lady Bobcats were led by Rebecca Sappington’s 12 points in a 54-43 loss Thursday.
Halili Bekes added another 10 for the Lady Bobcats while Kallan Pablo scored nine.
The Lady Bobcats play in the loser’s bracket again today.
Alamosa, Colo., 42, Kirtland Central 40
Kirtland Central fell to the loser’s bracket of the Espanola tournament Thursday after a tough loss to Alamosa, Colo.
The Broncos (3-5) fell 42-40 to Alamosa despite leading the game early.
“Our offense was horrible. We couldn’t make a shot,” said Kirtland Central head coach John Zecca. “We had a decent lead but gave it up and couldn’t finish the game. It was not a very good effort for us. I don’t know if it was the bus ride or what.”
Christian Mackey led Kirtland with 16 points.
Kirtland Central needs to find a way to make open 3-point shots to free up more space for Mackey inside, Zecca said.
“The biggest difference right now is we haven’t been able to knock down 3’s. We must have been 10 percent today, and we shot quite a few of them,” Zecca said. “When you play against teams sitting back in a zone focusing on Mackey, you have to make open 3’s.”
The Broncos will be back in action today against Valencia.