The Chieftains defeated Wingate 55-47 at home on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten in the district schedule.
The win didn't come easy for Shiprock; however, as the Chieftains were forced to fight off the Bears down the stretch of a game that was originally scheduled for last Saturday but was delayed due to a snow storm.
"They made a big run on us," said Shiprock head coach Chester H. Atcitty Jr. "We can't underestimate Wingate. I thought they played a very good game tonight. I think we were really up to play on Saturday but then they rescheduled and that threw us off."
The Chieftains struggled offensively but a balanced scoring attack pushed Shiprock to the win.
Patdric Toehe led the Chieftains (18-5, 3-0 District 1-3A) with 12 points, while Justin Begay and Hiram Gleason each added 10.
Atcitty likes the way his guys are sharing the ball on offense and thinks that along with solid defense will be key to the Chieftains making a state title run.
"It's very important that they continue to do that," Atcitty said of the scoring balance. "Having more balanced scoring helps during games like today when we struggled offensively."
The Chieftains will prepare for the second half of the district slate beginning with a home game against Thoreau on Saturday.
Atcitty knows it will be hard to keep his team from getting overconfident after Shiprock beat the Hawks 76-44 in the first meeting.
"It's very difficult with teenagers," Atcitty said. "They just want to play and have fun, but we have to keep them focused. They just have to remember our goals. We just need to play hard and good things will come."
Bloomfield 54, Thoreau 52 OT
The Bobcats scrapped by Thoreau in overtime to pick up a critical district win on Tuesday.
Bloomfield hit a layup to go up by two points late in the overtime period, and Thoreau missed a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to clinch the Bobcats' win.
"Our guys didn't have a lot of energy to start out tonight," said Bloomfield head coach Devon Manning. "But they fought through it."
Michael Crockett scored 16 points to lead Bloomfield, and Cesar Serna added 10 points in the win.
The Bobcats (8-15, 2-1 District 1-3A) sit in second place at the halfway point of their district schedule.
"Our goal tonight was to secure second place at the midway point, and we did that tonight, but now we have a big game on Saturday," Manning said.
The Bobcats travel to Wingate on Saturday with a target on their back after Bloomfield defeated the Bears 57-41 in the district opener.
"We're going into WIngate knowing that they'll want to get back at us for what happened last time," Manning said.
Wingate 53, Aztec 44
Poor free throw shooting doomed the Lady Tigers in a non-district loss to WIngate at home on Tuesday night.
Aztec (11-12) shot just 14-for-28 from the free throw line in the defeat.
"When you shoot 50 percent in that close of a game, that's the difference right there," said Aztec head coach Ben Tensay. "We hustled and worked hard, but right now, free throws are killing us."
The Lady Tigers led 25-24 at halftime and entered the fourth quarter trailing by only three points 37-34, but mental errors cost Aztec down the stretch.
"If anyone beats us, it will be by outsmarting us and not the hustle plays," Tensay said. "I don't think we were as focused as we would have been within the district."
Morgan Smith scored 12 points, and Tyra Gabehart added 11 in the Tigers' loss.
Aztec resumes its district schedule on Friday at home against Piedra Vista.
Navajo Prep 67, Crownpoint 48
The Lady Eagles rebounded from losing their last two district games to defeat Crownpoint 67-48 at home on Tuesday night.
"It feels good. We needed this to boost our confidence and get back to where we're used to," said Navajo Prep head coach Rainy Crisp.
The Lady Eagles (10-11, 6-4 District 1-2A) went on a run in the fourth quarter to put Crownpoint away after a close three quarters.
Jasmine Coleman led Prep with 17 points, and Matheny Wilson chipped in 12 points in the Lady Eagles' win.
Crisp has her sights set on hosting games in the district tournament as the regular season winds down.
"Right now, we're just focusing on our district. We want to host two round of the district tournament," Crisp said. "Bringing home the district trophy is our main goal."
Prep will continue the season with a game against Ramah on Friday.