FARMINGTON — It was a rough opening round for the two Farmington high schools in the first round of the Poe Corn Invitational.
Farmington High was dominated from the opening tip by No. 2 Artesia, while Piedra Vista dug an early hole in the first quarter and never recovered on Thursday in Roswell.
The Bulldogs (5-2) opened a 34-11 lead in the first half against the Scorpions (1-8) and cruised from there on their way to a 65-32 victory.
"We just came out flat again," said FHS head coach Paul Corley. "I give respect to Artesia, but we're just as good as them. We're just struggling to get chemistry. We're getting to the point where it's a serious gut check time."
The Scorpions will face the loser of Goddard and Belen at 6 p.m. today, and Corley is hoping to see a better effort from his group.
"The kids had a little team meeting after and did some heart searching," he said. "We just don't come out with the intensity and focus that we need to."
On the other half of the bracket, Piedra Vista (4-5) fell behind Grants 27-5 in the first quarter and couldn't find a way back, losing to the Pirates (7-2) 80-72.
"Same old story, we just didn't come out and play hard," said PV head coach Adam Huff. "They got every loose ball and hustle basket. When you do that, it's easy to build a 22-point lead pretty quick."
Alonzo Araiza and Brett Burbank each scored 16 points in the Panthers' loss.
The Panthers have dropped four straight games since opening the season 4-1, and Huff said it will be critical for his team to come out and play with more effort against Los Alamos today.
"As disappointing as this is, you always know in these three-game stretches that if you can get to 2-1, then you'll be okay," Huff said.
Pojoaque Valley 52, Farmington 30
The Lady Scorpions got off to a slow start against the Elkettes and never recovered.
Pojoaque (7-4) scored 27 points and hit five 3-pointers on its way to a 22-point victory in the opening round of the St. Michael's tournament on Thursday in Santa Fe.
"They just shot the lights out," said FHS head coach Danny Secrest.
No Lady Scorpions' player reached double figures in the loss.
FHS (4-5) will continue today against the loser of the Capital and St. Michael's match up at 3 p.m.
"I think we just need to motivate them a little better, keep working and we'll win some games," Secrest said. "Hopefully, we come out with a little more energy and heart."