Six 3-point baskets and good ball handling from the Farmington point guards was too much for Miyamura to keep up with Friday night.
The Scorpions (4-7) defeated the Patriots 67-39behind Matt Huffhines’ 20 points.
“It was a good win against a 4A school, which we needed badly,” said Farmington head coach Paul Corley. “We have had focused practices, and this was a good way for us to start the second semester and gain some momentum.”
Farmington jumped out to a 20-8 lead in the first quarter, but Miyamura stormed back to tie the game at 22 before the Scorps closed out the first half with a 26-22 lead.
In the second half, Farmington used outside shooting and good defense to jump out to a big lead.
“We were a bit sloppy in the second quarter. When we get a lead, we have a hard time maintaining a good level of basketball and extending those leads,” Corley said. “Our defense is what won the game. We were forcing Miyamura to go one shot and done. We made their shots tough, rebounded and ran our offense.”
The Scorps were improved at the free-throw line Friday, too. Though the Scorps only went to the line 12 times, they converted on nine attempts.
Josh Miller-Castillo added another 11 points for the Scorps while Francisco Gutierrez scored 10 in the win.
Corley has had to juggle his lineup in recent games after senior Brad Betz went down for the year with a broken fibula that Corley said will keep him out at least two to three months.
“With other injuries on the team, we only suited up eight kids tonight. All of those guys had to play well and each contributed,” Corley said. “It was a bit of a problem for us at the Roswell tournament because Betz’s injury happened right before we went there. We are having to adjust and figure out our rotation again.”
The Scorps will travel to Gallup next week for a tournament. Farmington opens against Artesia, but the Scorps hope to get another chance at Gallup, who has beat the Scorps twice this year by a combined nine points.
“It would be fun, and we were talking about that tonight. If we can get by our first-round game and get another look at Gallup, we would love the challenge,” Corley said. “We can’t look ahead and we have to take care of business against Artesia. We saw Artesia in Roswell, and we know we will have to bring our A-game.”
Aztec misses tourney title game on point-differential
Despite going 2-0 in the first day of the Aztec Rumble in the Jungle, the Lady Tigers won’t play for their own tournament title game.
Artesia and Bayfield, Colo., also went 2-0 Friday, and Aztec finished in third in point-differential, sending Artesia and Bayfield to the tournament title game at
2 p.m. today in Aztec.
“My philosophy in tournaments is if we get two of three wins, we are good. That is all we want. It doesn’t matter if we are in the consolation or not,” said Aztec head coach Ben Tensay. “What matters to me is that our kids are getting better and learning. We will try to get a third win tomorrow and go from there.”
Aztec (7-7) will face Wingate at 12 p.m. in a consolation game. Wingate went 0-2 with losses to Artesia (71-42) and Bayfield (56-43) on Friday.
Aztec defeated Tohatchi 51-43 in its first game and Cuba 52-50 in the final game of the tournament’s first day.
Tensay was happy to see his team close out close game while scoring 50-plus points in both contests.
“Playing in those types of games helps our girls persevere under pressure. It teaches them what it takes to not choke under pressure,” he said. “We will be able to handle close games better the rest of the year after being able to close out these games.”
Tyra Gabehart led the Lady Tigers with 17 points in the win against Cuba while Morgan Smith also scored 13.
Fatigue wasn’t an issue for Aztec with two games on the schedule Friday. Tensay said the girls enjoyed the action.
“The advantage we have is our kids are athletic. The things we need to work on is our basketball IQ,” Tensay said. “That is coming along and we are getting better.”
Tensay said he would have liked to play Artesia in the championship game considering the Lady Tigers have only played one other 4A team, Moriarty, all season.
“We definitely wanted to see them, but we hope to see them down the line somewhere again,” Tensay said.