The Farmington High girls basketball team started slow and couldn't dig out of a hole as it fell to Mead, Colo.

The Lady Mavericks knocked off FHS 61-34 in the second round of the Lady Scorps Invitational on Friday night.

Mead opened the game by outscoring FHS 19-4 in the opening quarter and maintained a double-digit lead for the rest of the game.

Despite the tough loss, head coach Mike Switch sees this type of game as a learning experience for his young FHS squad.

"I really try to encourage the girls," Switch said. "There are some things we need to work on, but we always want to improve. We don't have a lot of height, so tonight, we emphasized boxing out and playing aggressive defensive."

Turnovers plagued the Lady Scorps (1-6) as they were unable to find an answer to Mead's full-court defense.

"We give a lot of credit to Mead. They are a well coached team," Switch said. "We're inexperience at the guard spot so a lot of teams will focus their pressure on that spot."

The Lady Scorps will conclude their tournament today against Shiprock.

Shiprock 63, Bayfield, Colo. 27

The Lady Chiefs moved one win away from capture the Lady Scorps Invitational tournament title with blowout victory over the Lady Wolverines.

Shiprock used a 24-1 run over the first 10 minutes of the game to put Bayfield away in the first half.

The Lady Wolverines struggled throughout the contest with the Lady Chiefs press and weren't able to make a shot from the field until the 1:57 mark of the second quarter as Shiprock took a 35-4 lead into the break.

Shania Harry scored 18 points to lead Shiprock and Geovonia Harry added 11 more.

The Lady Chiefs (8-1) will close out the tournament today against Farmington.

Piedra Vista 44, Los Alamos 37

Coah Charley scored 10 of her game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Lady Panthers past the Lady Hilltoppers on Friday at Piedra Vista High School.

"It was a very important win, and we were very solid," said PV head coach Mike Christie. "We came in struggling after we didn't play that well against Bloomfield. It was good for us to get the win against a good 4A side."

Kaleigh Graham added 12 points and Precious Frank chipped in 10 more for the Lady Panthers.

PV will be off for a week before the team gets ready to play in the New Mexico Indian Classic.

The Lady Panthers (5-6) will open with a game at Navajo Pine before playing twice more at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

"We'll take the week to work on our mental preparation on the defensive side," Christie said.

Aztec 31, Moriarty 26

The Lady Tigers recovered from a five-point halftime deficit to defeat Moriarty on Friday in Aztec.

"We were able to get to the foul line in the second half," said Lady Tiger head coach Ben Tensay. "They were a big team, but we spread our offense out and were able to draw some fouls."

Jessica Kresl led Aztec with nine points after missing practice this week with the flu.

The Lady Tigers (5-7) will be off until Jan. 4 when they host the Rumble in the Jungle tournament.

The team will use the next couple of weeks to rest up and get healthy, Tensay said.

"We had the flu bug going through our team and one of our starting guard sprained her ankle and hasn't played in a couple of games," he said. "We played a lot of games to start the year and can use some time to recover."