Kirtland Central fought back to defeat Aztec and finish the district regular season undefeated.

The Lady Broncos scored the final seven points to beat the Lady Tigers 40-38 Friday night in Bronco Arena.

Senior Keeshawna Ockerman stepped up with 15 points to lead Kirtland (11-15, 6-0 District 1-4A), but no basket was bigger than her final one.

Ockerman scored with about 45 seconds to play to give the Lady Broncos the lead and close out the victory.

"Some how we dug deep, and we came back," said Kirtland head coach Kevin Holman. "Aztec really took it to us and controlled the game."

Taylor Billey added 11 points for Kirtland in the win.

The Lady Broncos will be off until Friday when they host the district championship game, while Aztec (12-14, 2-4) will be the No. 3 seed in the tournament and will host Farmington on Monday.

Kirtland has clinched a spot in the state playoffs, but the Lady Broncos have their eyes on the district tournament championship before worrying about state.

"They are Lady Broncos and they know what it means to be Lady Broncos," Holman said. "With seniors like Keeshawna Ockerman, Taylor Billey and Jennifer Hastings, I know they'll come out fired up."

Piedra Vista 49,

Farmington 22

The Lady Panthers closed their regular season with a win over the Lady Scorpions on Friday night.

"We struggled with foul trouble tonight, but the bench played well for me," said Piedra Vista head coach Mike Christie.


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Precious Frank scored 13 points to lead PV(13-13, 4-2) while Rytisha Brown added 11 and Kelseigh Simpson tacked on 10 points in the victory.

The Lady Panthers will go into the district tournament as the No. 2 seed and will host the winner of Aztec and Farmington (3-20, 0-6) on Wednesday.

Christie believes his team will probably have to win the district tournament if they want a spot in the state tournament.

"I told the girls we need to win the tournament to get in, otherwise we're hanging on and hoping to get in at low seed," Christie said. "I told them not to leave it in the hands of the panel."

Shiprock 80, Wingate 38

The No. 3 Lady Chieftains finished the District 1-3A season with a perfect record as they thrashed the Lady Bears at the Chieftain Pit on Friday night.

"We're playing some good ball, not just with our first group, but our second group," said Shiprock head coach Larenson Henderson.

Henderson believes his team should be considered for the top seed in the state tournament with they way they've been playing.

"We're pretty tough, and we think we deserve the No. 1 spot," Henderson said.

The Lady Chiefs (21-3, 6-0 District 1-3A) had a balanced offense attack with six players scoring between seven and 10 points.

Shiprock will host the district tournament championship next Friday before setting its sights toward state.

"One of our many goals is to win this district," Henderson said. "I think we're in good contention of competing for a state championship. We just have to keep working hard."