FARMINGTON — The Shiprock girls basketball team continued its strong start to the season with a dominant performance against Navajo Prep.
The Lady Chieftains opened up a 22-5 lead in the first quarter and cruised from there on their way to a 76-32 victory over the Lady Eagles on Thursday at the Chieftain Pit.
"The girls are coming along and working well together," said Lady Chiefs' head coach Larenson Henderson.
Taylor Henderson led the way with 23 points for Shiprock (6-0) in the win. Courtney Steele added 13, and Ashley John contributed 10 more for the Lady Chiefs.
Shiprock outscored Prep (1-3) 38-10 in the second half.
The Lady Chiefs will look to continue their hot start today when they host Piedra Vista.
"We're just getting a feel for each other," Larenson Henderson said. "We just need to keep playing the way we have been."
Bayfield, Colo., 75, Bloomfield 55
The Bobcats struggled with the Wolverines' size in a 20-point loss on Thursday at Bobcat Gymnasium.
"They just kicked our butts and hit the offensive boards," said Bloomfield head coach Devon Manning.
Forward Tyler Barker sat out the game with an injury, forcing the Bobcats to use a smaller lineup than usual.
"With Barker out, we were pretty small out there," Manning said. "They had a 6-5 kid and just a lot of size that they used to their advantage."
The Bobcats (2-3) went into halftime trailing 27-18 and trimmed the Bayfield (2-1) lead to five points early in the third, but the Wolverines controlled the contest from there.
Next for Bloomfield will be a home game against Ignacio, Colo., on Tuesday.
Bloomfield already matched up with the Colorado school once this year in its season opener in Kirtland, losing 62-37 on Dec. 5.
"Our guys have seen them, and we know what to expect," Manning said. "We have to play near perfect if we're going to beat them."