Shiprock (19-3, 4-0 District 1-3A) visited Thoreau and came away with a 74-31 win while four Lady Chieftains scored in double figures.
“We changed our defense a bit and fell back and played a tough zone. Thoreau didn’t shoot any 3s and had a hard time adjusting to it,” said Shiprock head coach Larenson Henderson. “We were able to get rebounds, push the ball up the floor and capitalize on a lot of layups. We also got hot from the 3-point line and separated ourselves.”
Shiprock led 36-18 at halftime and eventually outscored Thoreau 20-0 in the fourth quarter with the bench players on the floor.
Shania Harry led Shiprock with 14 points. She was followed by Geovonia Harry (13), Arantxa Curley (10) and Ashley John (10).
“Right now, we are just trying to play like a championship team,” Henderson said. “We are starting to set the mentality of playing that way. The first and second groups stepped up and played like that tonight. When we do that, we can really beat teams.”
Shiprock is back in action Tuesday with a home game against Bloomfield (7-15,
Wingate defeated Bloomfield 63-57 on Friday night in Bloomfield.
The Lady Bobcats were led by Jeanie Montes’ 14 points while Haili Bekes scored 11 and Whitney Charley added 10 in the loss.
Piedra Vista 28, Aztec 22
In a slow-paced, extremely low-scoring contest, Piedra Vista did enough to set up a regular season championship game against Kirtland Central on Tuesday.
PV (12-12, 3-1 District 1-4A) defeated Aztec 28-22 at Lillywhite Gymnasium on Friday.
With the win, the Lady Panthers will have the chance to play the Lady Broncos at home on Tuesday with a chance at drawing even in the district standings.
“We got a win on the road in district, and now the girls know it is Kirtland time,” said PV head coach Mike Christie. “We will be focused on Kirtland in practice Saturday and Monday. Our young athletes are giving up their holiday weekend to get ready for (Kevin) Holman’s Kirtland team.”
Christie called it simply an “off night” for his team’s shooters.
“Kelseigh Simpson led us with nine points on three 3s. Kaleigh Graham only had eight and just couldn’t get it in the hoop. She was 3-of-13 shooting or something like that. We had good looks, the ball just wouldn’t go in.”
PV sank into a half-court man defense in the second half, bringing the game to a screeching halt as Aztec patiently waited for good looks at the basket.