FARMINGTON — Shiprock hammered Montezuma-Cortez by 52 points on Thursday night.
The Shiprock Lady Chieftains (2-0) dominated start to finish to beat the Colorado school 65-13.
"We were running good and playing tough. It was kind of a one-sided game," said Shiprock head coach Larenson Henderson.
Shiprock had two players score more points than the entire Montezuma-Cortez team with Shania Harry scoring 18 and Ashley John tacking on 15 more.
Henderson played his starting-five at the beginning of each quarter and split time between them and his second-five players off the bench.
"We are going to continue to play hard all the time because we have a big picture mindset of going to state," Henderson said. "The kids are playing hard the whole game because that is what we have to do to get there."
Farmington High was also in action in the Shiprock tournament. The Lady Scorpions defeated Ignacio, Colo., 37-32, giving Farmington (1-1) its first win of the season.
"It is absolutely a huge confidence booster," said FHS head coach Danny Secrest. "We had a sloppy first half, but we recovered well to get the win."
Meeya Yazzie led the Lady Scorps with 10 points. Amber Herbert had seven points, and Shayna Carlowe chipped in six.
Farmington will play Colorado's Montezuma-Cortez High in the second-round of the round-robin tournament Friday. Shiprock will take on Ignacio. Farmington and Shiprock will play each other on Saturday.
Cleveland 60, Kirtland Central 54
A slow start in Gallup cost the Lady Broncos a loss on Thursday night.
The Kirtland Central Lady Broncos trailed by nine points after one quarter and 11 points at halftime against Class 5A school Cleveland High in the opening round of the Gallup Tournament.
KCHS responded nicely in the second half, but still fell short 60-54, despite Keeshawna Ockerman's 19 points.
"We just came out a little slow in the first half, but we came back and cut it to just four points there in the fourth quarter. Cleveland hit a few free throws, and we lost," said KCHS head coach Kevin Holman. "We were tentative at first, but the girls showed a lot of fight and played hard to battle until the end."
Orquidea Reyes had 12 points for the Lady Broncos, and Diondra Smith added 11 more in the loss.
The Lady Broncos (0-2) will play Wingate at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the consolation bracket.
"We can't be discouraged. We are real young and have a lot of sophomores playing varsity for the first time. They are doing the best they can right now," Holman said. "We hope to get our first win of the year and build confidence against Wingate."
Santa Fe Indian Tournament
Piedra Vista 59, Thoreau 43
Kaleigh Graham had a double-double to lead the Piedra Vista Lady Panthers to a win in their season opener.
PV defeated Thoreau 59-43 in the opening round of the Santa Fe Indian School Lady Braves Invite. Graham led the team with 17 points and double-digit rebounds. Kieyoomia Benally added 13 points in the win.
"It was not bad for our first game. We got up there and knocked the rust off a bit," said PV's first-year head coach Joe Reed. "Everyone who got in the game scored."
The Lady Panthers hit six 3-point baskets in the game and shot 15-of-19 from the free-throw line.
PV plays Santa Fe High in the second round on Friday.
"Santa Fe is a final-four team from last year with everyone back, so we know they will be pretty tough," Reed said.
Navajo Prep was also in action in the Lady Braves Invite, and the Lady Eagles saw first-hand just how good Santa Fe is. The Lady Demons defeated Navajo Prep 71-36.
The Lady Eagles will play Thoreau in the consolation ladder Friday.
Aztec 60, McCurdy 59
The Aztec Tigers found themselves in a close game once again on Thursday.
Two days after defeating San Juan High of Blanding, Utah, by two points in overtime, Aztec took down Class 1A McCurdy 60-59 in the opening round of the Santa Fe Indian Braves Invite.
"It certainly does help us get experience," Aztec assistant coach Carl Downing said of playing in two close games early in the season.
Eli King led Aztec with 12 points, and Nick Weaver was also in double-figures with 10.
"We got off to a pretty good lead early, but late in the third and early in the fourth quarters we let them back in it," Downing said. "We did a good job holding them off."
The Tigers (2-1) will play in the second-round of the tournament at 4 p.m. on Friday. Their opponent is unknown because weather caused some teams to miss the first day of the tournament on Thursday. Those games will be made up Friday morning.John Livingston can be reached at email@example.com; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.