Matt Huffhines nearly outscored the entire Bloomfield Bobcats team in Tuesday night's game.
The senior guard was feeling it early, scoring 15 points in the first quarter before finishing the game with 40 as Farmington (6-9) defeated the Bobcats 77-44.
“In the first quarter, I hit a few shots. Somewhere in the first quarter, I knew my shot was going good,” Huffhines said.
It didn't take Huffhines many shots to hit the 40-point mark, either.
“He shot a very high percentage. It isn't like he cranked up 50 shots,” said Farmington head coach Paul Corley. “It was something to sit back and watch the young man shoot. He hit three 3s in the first quarter and I looked at the kids on the bench and said ‘We have a hot young man tonight. Keep feeding him the ball.'”
Huffhines, who has led the team all season, said it felt good to help his team gain some momentum with the road win.
“It feels good to be in a leadership role. I try to come out and compete and win every game,” he said. “I also have good teammates who give me the ball.”
Corley came into the game with the goal of holding Bloomfield under 40 points after watching the Bobcats score 90 and 102 points in two games against Aztec last week.
“Defensively, we put the clamps on Bloomfield,” Corley said. “Overall, our team defense tonight was one of our best all season. Playing well on the defensive end turns into success on the offensive end.”
Ethan Graf added another 14 points in the win for Farmington.
Bloomfield (4-8) head coach Devon Manning said the team resorted to bad habits late in the first quarter that lingered the rest of the game.
“We played tough for about the first six minutes then went downhill. Then we resorted back to old Bloomfield basketball — missing layups and making turnovers,” Manning said.
It was a tough loss for the Bobcats, who had found success in recent weeks.
“If we linger on this, it is going to be a long weekend. Once the game is done, it is done. We have got to move on,” Manning said.
The Bobcats face St. Michael’s on Thursday before facing Robertson on Friday and Silver on Saturday in the St. Mike’s round robin.
Farmington has a big week ahead with a 4A doubleheader at Del Norte and at No. 3 St. Pius X on the road Friday and Saturday.
“These two games are huge for us. They are both 4A opponents and St. Pius is No. 3. If we could get a win there, it would be great,” Huffhines said.
Aztec 94, Thoreau 87
The Tigers battled in another high-scoring game Tuesday night, this time coming up with a win at home.
Aztec (7-7) defeated Thoreau 94-87 behind Wyatt Schlueter’s 26-point game.
“We have good movement on offense. We are able to run and get open shots, and Schuleter is athletic enough to get points in space and start those runs,” said Aztec head coach Jody Christman. “Things are starting to click for us.”
Conner Gaskins added another 19 points in the win for Aztec.
The Tigers scored 20 points in the first quarter but were held without a basket for the first four minutes in the second quarter,” Christman said.
“We were stuck at 20 points there for a while after going up 11-0 to start the game. We let Thoreau back in the game,” Christman said. “We were happy to get some separation in the fourth quarter again.”
Aztec travels to Bernalillo on Saturday where the Tigers aim to pick up their first win against a New Mexico 4A opponent this season.
“We just hope to clean things up and show improvement,” Christman said. “We want to get sharper on our rotations defensively as we get ready for district.”
Bloomfield 61, Farmington 60 OT
The Lady Bobcats (5-10) defeated Farmington High (3-11) for the second time in a week Tuesday night.
It took overtime in Farmington, but Bloomfield took down Farmington 61-60 on two made free-throw attempts by Mariah Lee.
Haili Bekes led Bloomfield with 21 points.
“We were up by as many as 14 in the first quarter and got up again by 11 in the second half,” said Bloomfield head coach Dan Larabee. “We got in foul trouble and FHS did a good job making free throws. They took the lead at one point in the fourth quarter and in overtime, but our girls did a good job fighting back.”
Bloomfield hadn’t run a press-defense often this season, but it proved to be effective Tuesday night.
“The girls are really coming along,” Larabee said.
Farmington head coach Mike Swtich called the game a “heartbreaker,” but he credited his girls for working hard and battling the whole game.
Marisa Kakos led the Lady Scorps with 18 points. Meeya Yazzie hadded another 10 and Shayna Carlowe scored 14.
Farmington will play Del Norte and St. Pius X this Friday and Saturday while Bloomfield is off until next Tuesday when it hosts Farmington once more.
Miyamura 61, Kirtland Central 33
The Lady Broncos hung tough with Miyamura for the opening half Tuesday night before falling apart in the second half.
“They got out on us a little bit, but we kept it close for a little over two quarters,” said Kirtland Central head coach Kevin Holman. “It was a four-point game with six minutes left in the third, and we fell apart and Miyamura took it from there.”
The Patriots eventually defeated Kirtland Central 61-33.
“In the first half, there were good things being done, but you shouldn’t be losing to Miyamura by 28 points,” Holman said. “They are good, but not that good. We have to figure out a way to get tougher and ways to score. We have four games left before district, and we have to figure something out.”
Taylor Billey led Kirtland Central (4-11) with 13 points in the loss.
Navajo Prep 55, Rehoboth 50
The Lady Eagles began their District 1-2A season with a big home win.
Navajo Prep (6-6 overall, 1-0 District 1-2A) defeated Rehoboth 55-50 thanks to great team rebounding and all-around defense, said head coach Rainy Crisp.
“We tightened up our defense and our press worked well down the stretch,” she said. “Since the loss to Santa Fe Indian, our focus has been on boxing out. We were excellent with that tonight and held them to one shot and out. That was crucial in the end.”
Prep trailed 15-11 after the first quarter and battled neck and neck with Rehoboth the rest of the way.
Danielle Coleman and Matheney Wilson each scored 12 points for the Lady Eagles in the win.
Prep will prepare for rival Navajo Pine, who the Lady Eagles face Friday.
“This win gives us a boost confidence-wise. We get beat up a bit against the big schools before district, but it is good to be in district now and know where we stand,” Crisp said.
Aztec 40, Durango, Colo., 25
Tuesday’s trip to Durango was a good one for the Aztec wrestling team.
The Tigers defeated the Demons 40-25 in the dual-meet.
Robert Escojeda (132) and Austin Wagner (195) picked up Aztec’s only wins via pin, but plenty of Tigers earned points in decisions.
“I was very pleased with our team. The kids stepped up and won some close matches,” said Aztec head coach Monte Maxwell. “The few we dropped, we would want to wrestle those again. But, overall, I am pretty happy.”
Jesse Mitchell (138), Isaiah Valdez (145), Justis Francisco (160), Adam Lucero (170) and Brad Hardin (220) all earned decision victories.
The Tigers will head to Page, Ariz., this weekend for the Sand Devil Classic.
“This is our first time going to this tournament. I hear it is pretty good and I am excited to see the way our guys can come together on this trip,” Maxwell said.