It wasn't easy, but Aztec survived and advanced in the first round of the District 1-4A girls basketball tournament.

The Lady Tigers defeated Farmington 44-43 on Monday night at Lillywhite Gymnasium.

"I was impressed with the way Farmington played, they outhustled us," said Aztec head coach Ben Tensay. "We were fouling too much. The kids are athletic as anyone in this district, but they're young and still learning to play."

After a rough season for the inexperienced Lady Scorps (3-21), head coach Mike Switch was proud that his team finished the season with one of its best performances.

"This was one of the better games from the start to finish. The girls gave everything," Switch said. "They haven't been in these situations too many times. Things like this you learn from."

Morgan Smith scored a game-high 17 points for the Lady Tigers (13-14) in the win, and Tyra Gabehart added 10 more.

Meeya Yazzie led the Lady Scorps with 16 points, and Shayna Carlowe added 10 in the loss.

The No. 3 seed Aztec (13-14) fought back from a 16-10 halftime deficit to tie the game at 29 heading into the fourth quarter.

FHS kept the game close at the free-throw line, hitting 17-of-28 compared to just 7-of-12 from Aztec.

The Lady Tigers move on to face the No. 2 seed Piedra Vista on Wednesday.

"I told the girls it doesn't matter what the records are in the tournament. Tomorrow's practice will be the hardest one we've ever had," Tensay said. "PV outsmarted us last time. They won't outhustle us, but we have to do better in the head game. If we don't adjust then we'll be in trouble."

Wingate 52,

Bloomfield 47

The Lady Bobcats season came to an end with a loss in the first round of the District 1-3A tournament.

The No. 4 seed Bloomfield (7-18) lost at No. 3 seed Wingate on Monday night.

Whitney Charley led the Lady Bobcats with 12 points and Shealyn White added 11 more in the loss.