The Lady Panthers controlled their game against Farmington from the opening tip, defeating the Lady Scorpions 58-34.
“We had some ups and downs, but we really tried to turn up the defensive intensity,” said PV head coach Mike Christie, who celebrated a win on his birthday.
PV (11-12, 2-1 District
1-4A) rebounded from Tuesday’s loss to Kirtland Central and put together a better effort on both ends of the court.
“A lot of that was mental,” Christie said of the loss to the Lady Broncos. “We have young kids who want to play well and try had, but they still have to learn how to play good varsity basketball.”
Claudia Charles scored 11 of her game-high 21 points in the second quarter to help the Lady Panthers take a 34-19 lead into halftime.
Farmington (3-17, 0-3) came out with more fight in the second half but was unable to cut into the PV lead.
“I thought we challenged them during the second half,” said FHS head coach Mike Switch. “We played defense well. We just have to give credit to PV. Coach Christie does well with their man-to-man defense.”
The Lady Scorps struggled to contain PV center Kaleigh Graham as she added 18 points in the Lady Panther victory.
“She just had a big size and strength advantage against them,” Christie said.
Lady Scorps’ freshman Shayna Carlowe led FHS with 14 points.
Marisa Kakos chipped in another 11 points in the loss.
Both teams will be off for a week before resume the district schedule next Friday.
PV will travel to Aztec, while FHS will host Kirtland Central.
Switch is hopeful his team will learn from their earlier defeat to the Lady Broncos as they attempt to pick up their first win since Dec. 29 when the defeated Pecos (6-14) at the St. Michael’s tournament.
“I think our Achilles’ heel is turnovers, and they put pressure on us,” Switch said. “We just have to cut those down and execute, and we’ll have a chance to play with them.”