Curtis Ray Benally/Special to The Daily Times  Shiprock’s Shania Harry attempts a shot in the Lady Chieftains victory against Farmington High on
Curtis Ray Benally/Special to The Daily Times Shiprock's Shania Harry attempts a shot in the Lady Chieftains victory against Farmington High on Saturday at the Chieftain Pit.

FARMINGTON — Saturday was a day of upsets for Farmington High.

Hours after the football team knocked off No. 1 Goddard to win the state championship, the boys basketball team pulled an upset of their own by defeating preseason No. 1 Albuquerque Academy 51-37.

"It was a great day for our school," said FHS boys basketball coach Paul Corley.

The Scorpions used a 2-3 matchup zone to hold Chargers' star Chris Martin to eight points in the game.

"Our defense was tremendous," Corley said. "We double and triple teamed (Martin), forced them to shoot 3s and rebounded well."

Academy (2-2) took a three-point lead into halftime, but FHS used a 17-4 run during the third quarter to open up a lead they'd never relinquish.

Victor Lopez scored a team-high 16 points for the Scorps (1-3), while Alex Whitely added 10 in the victory.

FHS will be off until Thursday when it hosts the Marv Sanders Invitational.

The Scorps will welcome Kyle Reynolds and Keenan Francis to the team after both missed the first four games while finishing out the football season.

"One of our strengths is our bench and they'll just make us deeper," Corley said. "They're state champions and we know they're going to come in not wanting to lose."

FHS opens the tournament with Shiprock.

Piedra Vista 53, Moriarty 51

A day after a 35-point loss to Academy, the Panthers recovered by beating Moriarty.

The Panthers (3-1) dug a hole early in the contest, falling behind the Fighting Pintos (4-2) 15-1 in the first quarter, but PV answered with a dominant second quarter to take a lead into halftime.

"We started knocking down some shots and that got us going defensively," said PV head coach Adam Huff.

Isaiah Valdez led the Panthers in scoring with 17 points in the win.

Next up for PV will be the Marv Sanders Invite at FHS.

Piedra Vista will open the tournament on Thursday with Gallup.

Curtis Ray Benally/Special to The Daily Times  Kirtland Central’s Christian Mackey battles for a rebound against an Ignacio player in
Curtis Ray Benally/Special to The Daily Times Kirtland Central's Christian Mackey battles for a rebound against an Ignacio player in Saturday's loss at Bronco Gymnasium.

"It's going to be a good tournament, but I'm just focused on Gallup. Huff said. "They beat Academy, so if we can get the win then that will be big for us. After that, we'll worry about the rest of the tournament."

Navajo Prep 51, Monument Valley, Utah 41

The Eagles picked up their third win in three days to win the Navajo Prep Classic on Saturday in Farmington.

"It feels good to get out and compete," said Prep head coach Dustin Moore. "I think the football season gave the guys a taste of success and we're seeing it carry over."

Isaiah Yazzie led Prep with 15 points, and Mikaele Mauga added 14 more in the win.

Prep will play a makeup game today against Bloomfield. The matchup was originally postponed due to Prep's football postseason run.

"We just want to get better and keep improving every game," Moore said.

2013 Webb Toyota Basin Tournament

The host Kirtland Central fell short in the title game against Ignacio, Colo. 57-52 on Saturday in Kirtland.

The Broncos (3-1) got 21 points from Christian Mackey in the loss, but for the first time the season, no other player reached double figures.

"They were doing a good job of doubling Christian, and we didn't hit open looks like we had in our earlier games," said KCHS head coach John Zecca.

Mesilla Valley (3-1) defeated Bloomfield (1-2) in the third place game, while Shiprock (2-2) knocked off Whitehorse, Utah to finish fifth in the tournament.

KCHS will join Shiprock, PV and FHS at the Marv Sanders Invite this week. The Broncos open with defending champion Montwood, Texas.

"I'm excited to see the guys go up against a team like that," Zecca said. "We know that we'll have our hands full."

Girls Basketball
Shiprock 76, Farmington 28

The Lady Chieftains cruised to an easy victory against the Lady Scorpions to win the Jerry Richardson Memorial Tournament on Saturday in Shiprock.

"We just want to come out and keep playing hard," Shiprock head coach Larenson Henderson said. "We've got a lot of work to do and can't let up."

Ashley John led Shiprock (5-0) with a game-high 21 points. Tanisha Begay scored 13 and Shania Harry added 12 in the win.

The Lady Chiefs will face the other two Farmington teams next week, with Navajo Prep scheduled for Thursday and Piedra Vista on Friday.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the way they play," Henderson said.

Joshua Perry covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 or Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.