In the third-place game of the Gallup tournament, Farmington fell to Sandia Prep 70-57.
The game was tied at 46 going into the fourth quarter when Sandia Prep outscored the Scorps 24-11.
“Fatigue had something to do with it. Our rotation right now is small due to injuries, and we couldn’t go deep into our bench,” said FHS head coach Paul Corley. “Fatigue caught up to us after three games in three days.”
The Scorps (5-9) were unable to keep up with solid guard play from Sandia Prep.
“They are a top three or four team in 3A, and deserve to be ranked that way,” Corley said. “They had excellent guards that were hard to contain. They could hit the outside shot or drive to the basket and kick it to guys for easy layups. We were a step slow defending that in the fourth.”
Matt Huffhines led the Scorpions with 24 points in the loss Kyle Reynolds and Ethan Graf each chipped in 11.
The Scorps have a big week ahead with three 4A games against Valencia, Del Norte and St. Pius X.
“It is a big week for us. We want to get some momentum going as we get ready for district when we open with Kirtland,” Corley said.
Durango surprises Piedra Vista 68-53
The outside shooting of Durango surprised Piedra Vista head coach Mike Christie and the rest of the Lady Panthers.
Durango shot lights out, building a 23-9 lead in the opening quarter en rout to a 68-53 win over Piedra Vista (9-8).
"They shot the ball very well, and our defensive intensity wasn't there," Christie said. "We didn't respect their shooters enough coming in, and they knocked down everything."
Claudia Charles led PV with 14 points in the loss.
PV made a few runs to get back into the game, but every run was answered by Durango.
"Coming in, we had won four in a row and five out of six. I eased up on the girls in practice (Friday) and might not should have done that," Christie said. "It is one of those things with a young team where we felt good coming into it and didn't come out ready."
It was a classic trap-game. After an emotional one-point win over Miyamura on Thursday, the Lady Panthers had to face Durango before a brutal week against 4A's No. 1 Gallup and 3A's No. 1 Santa Fe Indian coming up.
"We need to refocus and get it together and try to go get a couple of gigantic wins," Christie said.
Aztec girls win in Mancos, Colo.
A trip to Colorado led to another win to get the Aztec Lady Tigers two games above .500.
Aztec (10-8) defeated Mancos 50-30 behind Kassia Barber’s 11 points.
“Our points were really spread out with nine of our 13 players scoring,” said Aztec head coach Ben Tensay. “We played well.”
Morgan Smith scored another eight points for Aztec in the win.
After playing 18 games already this season, the Lady Tigers will have a break until Jan. 25 when they face Bloomfield.