FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista and Farmington High boys basketball teams will meet up today for the first of many games this season.
The two local rivals each won their game in the consolation bracket to set up a matchup for fifth place at the Poe Corn Invitational on Friday in Roswell.
FHS (2-8) snapped a five-game losing streak by knocking off Belen (4-4) 56-51 at Goddard High School.
"I'm happy for the kids," said FHS head coach Paul Corley. "It's been a struggle the last four or five games."
The game was tight throughout with the two teams ending the first tied at 11 and entering the halftime break tied at 27.
The Scorpions opened up a 38-36 lead after three quarters, and solid free throw shooting carried them to victory.
FHS hit 19-of-25 at the line, including 12-of-16 in the fourth quarter to finish off the five-point win.
Victor Lopez scored 16 points in the win and Kyle Reynolds added 12. Jared Tschetter hit 6-of-6 from the line in the fourth quarter on his way to 8 points.
The Scorpions will face the Panthers today after PV (5-5) defeated Los Alamos (1-8) 57-54 at Roswell High School.
The win also ended a losing skid for the Panthers, who had dropped their previous four contests.
"When you have a drought like that, you just want to get a win," said PV head coach Adam Huff. "We'll take it anyway we can get it."
The Panthers opened up an 11-point lead heading into halftime, but the Hilltoppers were able to fight back in the second half, taking a two-point lead on a couple of occasions in the middle of the fourth quarter.
Brett Burbank scored a team-high 14 points in the win for PV.
Both teams will be desperate against their crosstown rival, and try to finish the tournament with a 2-1 record.
"I'm looking forward to it and the kids are excited," Corley said.
Huff said it's important for his team to come out and play well, knowing that a win by either team will be a confidence boost when district play begins.
"Between now and district, things will change, but last year in an early season game we blew a 14-point lead against them and that gave them confidence going forward," Huff said.
Farmington 66, Capital 59
The Lady Scorpions picked up their first win against a New Mexico opponent this season with a seven-point victory against the Lady Jaguars.
"It was great. I'm glad ... we came out and played better today," said FHS head coach Danny Secrest.
The Lady Scorps' (5-5) previous four wins were against Colorado schools.
FHS played a solid first quarter, jumping out to a 21-8 advantage and led for the rest of the game.
Meeya Yazzie scored 19 points in the victory, while Tanisha Beetso, Makayla Wood and Brighton Clah each added 12.
"Everybody was really sharing the ball well," Secrest said.
The Lady Scorps finish the tournament today at 3 p.m. against the winner of Pecos and Taos.