FARMINGTON — The Navajo Prep girls started the season just 3-5 but have won seven consecutive games.
The Lady Eagles defeated Crownpoint 63-42 on the road Friday night to extend their winning streak. The win gives Navajo Prep a 3-0 start to its District 1-2A schedule, including two wins on the road.
"It's important we start the district off strong," Navajo Prep head coach Rainy Crisp said of the district schedule. "We have a very competitive district, so every game is important."
Navajo Prep played a well-rounded game on Friday. Muriel Waukazoo led the team with nine points, and Matheney Wilson scored eight more in the win.
"It was a great team win for us," Crisp said.
The Lady Eagles hit the road again next Tuesday at Zuni. Their next home game is Thursday against Ramah.
Santa Fe Indian 54, Kirtland Central 33
The Kirtland Central Lady Broncos have followed up three consecutive wins with a three-game losing skid.
The Lady Broncos (5-12) fell on the road 54-33 against Santa Fe Indian School (8-7) on Friday night.
Only five Lady Broncos scored in the game. Shamika Benally led the team with 12 points, and Deiondra Smith scored 10 more. Taylor Miller also chipped in seven points in the loss.
Kirtland Central was outscored 18-4 in the first quarter and trailed 29-13 at half. SFIS finished the game strong, outscoring the Lady Broncos 13-5 in the final eight minutes.
The Lady Broncos have a week off before facing No. 1-ranked St. Pius X on the road in the final game of their non-district schedule.
Del Norte 36, Farmington 26
The Farmington Lady Scorpions saw their record fall back to .500 on Friday night.
The Lady Scorps (9-9) lost at Del Norte 36-26.
"It was tough. We couldn't get into a rhythm, and we had so many open looks," FHS head coach Danny Secrest.
Both teams struggled in the second half. Del Norte (7-6) scored just 13 points in the final two quarters, but the Lady Scorps were held to just 11 points.
Tanisha Beetso led FHS with nine points. Meeya Yazzie scored six points for the Lady Scorps in the loss. Only five FHS players got in the score book on Friday night.
"We didn't play very well, and the girls took it hard. Del Norte is definitely not better than us," Secrest said.
The Lady Scorps stayed in Albuquerque overnight. They will face No. 1-ranked St. Pius X this afternoon.
"They are still No. 1 right now, but they lost big to Gallup. It would be great to get out to a good start," Secrest said. "We have to take care of the ball and be confident."John Livingston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.