The defense of the Lady Chiefs was once again on display Friday night at Piedra Vista.
Shiprock (6-1) forced countless turnovers as it rolled past the Lady Panthers (3-6) 61-28.
“It was great. The girls are understanding the trap and are reading passes and taking away a lot of option for the other offense,” said Shiprock head coach Larenson Henderson.
Ashley John led the Lady Chiefs with 18 points while Courtney Steele had 10.
“John comes in every game and works hard. She is our workhorse out there. It doesn’t matter what she puts on the board, she is a real team player who plays hard every minute,” Henderson said. “She gets rebounds, assists and helps all over the floor.”
Shiprock is off until Thursday when it opens play in the Farmington High Webb Invite tournament.
Piedra Vista faces Bloomfield on the road Tuesday.
Broncos beat Valencia 39-38
After losing a tough game Thursday night, Kirtland Central bounced back with a close win Friday.
The Broncos (4-5) defeated Valencia 39-38 in the second round of the Espanola tournament thanks to 16 points from Christian Mackey.
Wilbert Smith had another nine points for Kirtland Central in the win.
“It was another low-scoring, close game,” said Kirtland head coach John Zecca. “The one consistent thing we have right now is our defense and rebounding.
The main reason we are keeping scores down against us is we aren’t giving up second-chance points. We are holding teams to one-and-done.”
The Broncos started the 2011-12 season slow, too, which gives Zecca confidence his players can have a strong season despite struggling to score in the early going.
He hopes his players keep that confidence, too.
“There is no doubt we are going through growing pains right now offensively. On paper, it might not look like our schedule has been tough, but it has been. When you go through this, you don’t want guys to lose confidence. They are young and sometimes their youth gets to them and they lose confidence. We can’t allow that to happen. We have to stay positive while things are bad and realize we can finish strong come district time like we always seem to.”
Kirtland will play Espanola today at 4 p.m. in the final game of the four-team round robin.
Aztec boys hold off Navajo Prep
Navajo Prep played its best game of the season Friday night, but Aztec still had enough to win at home.
The Tigers (3-1) held off the Eagles (2-4) 58-50 behind a game-high 19 points from Wyatt Schlueter.
“Navajo Prep played well. I give them a lot of credit,” said Aztec head coach Jody Christman. “Fortunately, we had guys step up. We had a few injuries and guys in foul trouble tonight, but younger guys stepped up and played well enough for us to win.”
Christman said the Tigers are seeing improvement every game while they try to clean up some technical mistakes.
“We are leaving points at the front of the rim. If we can convert there, we are going to be able to score a lot of points,” he said.
Isaiah Yazzie scored 16 points to lead the Eagles. Mika Mauga chipped in another 15.
“I am very proud of the boys. We came together and played hard. I couldn’t ask for more against a 4A school,” said Eagles head coach Dustin Moore. “It was our best game of the season, and we keep showing progress.”