At the halfway point of the district season, Farmington has established itself as the team to beat.
The Scorpions remained undefeated in District 1-4A, beating Aztec 71-57 on Saturday night at Lillywhite Gym in Aztec.
FHS head coach Paul Corley was worried about his team getting sucked into Aztec's up-and-down style of play coming into the game.
"We kept telling the kids to stay composed," Corley said. "We knew that they would want to get up and down the court. The last quarter, we settled down and executed our offense."
FHS (12-11, 3-0 District 1-4A) gained its first lead early in the first quarter at 5-4 and maintained the advantage for the rest of the game.
Aztec (9-13, 0-3) trailed by 10 points a minute into the second quarter, but responded with a 11-3 run to cut the Scorps lead to 24-22.
That was as close as the Tigers would come to overtaking FHS and the Scorps took a 39-31 lead into the halftime break.
Aztec kept the game close in the third quarter, cutting the FHS lead to 52-46.
"Our kids played hard, and if we play hard, we'll have a chance," said Tigers head coach Jody Christman. "We had a lot of opportunities that we didn't take advantage of but were able to make up for it with our effort.”
The Scorps recovered in the fourth quarter to put the Tigers away, outscoring Aztec 19-11 in the final eight minutes.
"We had trouble containing the dribble, and they were able to penetrate," Christman said.
Matt Huffhines continued his phenomenal play with a game-high 27 points to lead FHS in the victory.
The Scorps senior has the team right where it wanted coming into the district season and thinks they are ready to run the table within the district.
"It's always good to be the leaders," Huffhines said. "We're halfway there."
Huffhines had plenty of scoring help from his teammates in the win with three other Scorps scoring double figures.
Josh Miller-Castillo scored 18 points for the Scorps, while Ethan Graff added 12, and Damon Shorty chipped in 10.
Conner Gaskins battled in the paint all game for Aztec and led the Tigers in scoring with 17 points.
"He struggles with foul trouble, but when we can keep him on the floor, he brings a ton of energy and is tough to keep off the offensive glass," Christman said of Gaskins.
Troy Choman had 12 ponts for the Tigers in the loss.
Aztec struggled from 3-point range the entire night, hitting just 5-for-30 from beyond the arc.
The Scorps had an advantage at the free throw line, making 18-for-27 compared to 10-for-18 by the Tigers.
Both teams will have a week off before their next district games next Saturday. The Scorps will host Kirtland Central, while Aztec travels to Piedra Vista.
Christman knows his team will need to put together some better results in the second half of the district schedule.
"I think things are going to break for us," he said. "It's a step forward from where we were on Thursday, but the season is running short and you have to do more than just make progress."
Corley doesn't want his team to get too far ahead of itself as it looks to continue its winning ways within the district.
"Our mindset is just to come back Monday and work hard while we get ready for Kirtland," he said. "We know we can beat these teams, because we've done it. We have to stay humble, hungry and just keep working hard."