Playing No. 1 Roswell was no picnic for the Farmington Scorpions on Thursday night.
The Coyotes (8-0) defeated Farmington (3-6) 95-54 in the opening round of the Poe Corn Tournament in Roswell.
“We just got ate up by their pressure. We played hard, but they are well-coached and just tough at both ends of the court,” said Farmington head coach Paul Corley.
Josh Miller-Castillo led the Scorps offensively with 16 points. Matt Huffhines had another 13 in the loss.
On the other side of the bracket, Piedra Vista (5-7) took down Belen 75-66 behind 20-point games from Ty Jaquez and Satchel Baker.
“It was a game where Satchel could get some free space and make layups,” said PV head coach Adam Huff. “Ty just kept attacking the basket and he finished his layups. We had a lot of points in the paint.”
The Panthers led most of the way, including a seven point lead they only built on going into the fourth quarter.
PV will face Goddard tonight while Farmington will face Los Alamos.
Huff is looking forward to the opportunity of playing Goddard coach Kevin Jones’ always exciting team.
“Goddard is very athletic. They have all of their football guys back now, and I know it should be a high-scoring affair,” Huff said.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Taos 67, Farmington 23
A trip to Santa Fe didn’t treat the Lady Scorpions well Thursday.

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Farmington (1-8) fell to 3A Taos 67-23 in the opening round of the St. Michael’s tournament.
“We made some turnovers. Every team we play puts pressure on us both in man and zone defenses, and we are making costly mistakes,” said FHS head coach Mike Switch. “We dug such a big hole we couldn’t dig out.”
Shana Carlo led the Lady Scorps with 11 points in the loss.
Farmington will face Silver today at 3 p.m. Silver fell to Espanola Valley 69-30 on Thursday.