FARMINGTON — The Farmington basketball teams had a second consecutive successful Tuesday night against the Bloomfield Bobcats.
The FHS Lady Scorpions (10-10) defeated Bloomfield (3-14) big at home in Scorpion Gym. FHS led start to finish to take a 78-43 victory.
"It was a great overall game for our girls," said FHS girls' head coach Danny Secrest. "It was a complete team effort, and we played really good defense."
Tanisha Beetso led the Lady Scorps with 19 points. Meeya Yazzie and Amber Herbert each added 10 more points, and Shayna Carlowe finished with nine points.
"We shot the ball really well. Almost 80 percent in the first half," Secrest said.
Bloomfield girls' head coach Tom Adair said Farmington made its shots even when his team played tight defense, he said.
"Give credit to Farmington, they shot lights out," Adair said. "They hit the open shot all night. We definitely can play better, but give them all the credit."
Shaelyn White scored 14 points in the loss for Bloomfield. Jasmine Sappington scored 11 more points.
The Bloomfield girls play again on Friday at Aztec. The Lady Scorps don't play again until they begin District 1-4A play at home against Kirtland Central on Feb. 1.
In the boys' game, the Scorpions (9-10) defeated the Bobcats (4-14) by a score of 57-34.
Farmington's boys hit eight 3-point baskets in the game, led by Kyle Reynolds who scored 20 points while connecting on six 3s.
"We had good ball movement and shot really well against Bloomfield's zone," said FHS boys' coach Paul Corley. "Our goal was to hold them under 40 points and just continue to work on that offense, and we did that."
Max Piñon added 10 points for the Scorps while Alex Whiteley scored nine more.
"The kids were all ready to catch and shoot," Corley said.
Bloomfield's boys were led by Tyler Barker's 10 points.
"FHS is really athletic and quick. They are a good basketball team right now," said Bloomfield boys' coach Devon Manning. "Right now, I am not worried about wins or losses. I am really worried about finding five, six or seven guys who actually want to play the game. I have to find a group of kids who want to give it 100 percent."
Bloomfield is back in action Thursday night at home against Kirtland Central and Friday night against Piedra Vista.
The Scorpions don't play again until next Tuesday against Shiprock, which beat FHS 58-39 at the Marv Sanders Invite on Dec. 12.
"We are looking forward to Shiprock. We played them early, but we are a different team now. We will get after it with good practice and some rest," Corley said.
Bayfield 75, Piedra Vista 64
A poor defensive second half and cold shooting in the fourth quarter cost the Piedra Vista Panthers a win in Bayfield, Colo.
PV (10-8) allowed 47 points in the second half to the Bayfield Wolverines in a 75-64 loss on Tuesday night.
"When you allow that many points in the second half, it becomes a rough game quick," said PV head coach Adam Huff.
PV led the game 19-13 after one quarter and 33-28 at halftime. The Wolverines claimed a 51-50 lead going into the fourth quarter and never looked back.
"We didn't have the nasty on defense. We didn't really adjust to some no-calls from officials on our offensive end, and we became mentally weak," Huff said. "We got stagnant on offense in the fourth and didn't finish at all."
Troy Dixon led PV with 18 points, and Isaiah Valdez scored 14 more for the Panthers.
After beating Gallup at home last Saturday, the Panthers hope to continue building momentum going into the district opener at Aztec on Jan. 31. PV will finish its non-district schedule on Friday at Bloomfield.
"Any time you lose it is disappointing. We were hoping to get on a streak before district," Huff said. "We'll get back to practice and get back our nastiness."
Miyamura 42, Aztec 36
A tough defensive second half for Aztec wasn't enough for the Tigers to rally past the Miyamura Patriots.
Aztec (8-10) held the Patriots (11-5) to just 17 points in the second half, but Miyamura did enough to secure a 42-36 victory, its second of the season against Aztec.
"We are just in a shooting slump right now," said Aztec head coach Tony DiNallo. "I think my assistant said we were about 3-for-20 shooting in the first half."
Aztec trailed just 10-8 after one quarter, but the Patriots built a 25-16 halftime advantage.
Aztec was down five points going into the fourth quarter and got as close as 36-33 in with three minutes left in the game, but Miyamura hit its free throws late down the stretch to finish the game.
"Miyamura's big kid (Jared Meese) stepped out and hit three 3s against us in the first half. We made adjustments and made him put the ball on the floor and stopped him," DiNallo said. "I really like what our kids are doing on defense. They are playing great and working hard. Once we get our shots to start falling again, we are going to win games."
The Tigers are back in action Saturday at Bernalillo. The Spartans will be just the second 4A opponent the Tigers have faced so far this season after both previous 4A contests came against Miyamura.
"We will go down there and play well. If the shots fall, we will win," DiNallo said. "Hopefully, it will get us going as we near district play. We just want to peak at the right time."
Piedra Vista 66, Bayfield 59
The Piedra Vista Lady Panthers are determined to finish the non-district schedule strong.
Three days after going on the road and beating Santa Fe Indian School 31-23, the Lady Panthers (11-7) had a strong offensive performance in a 66-59 victory at Colorado's Bayfield High.
"We had pretty good offense. As a team, we hit seven 3s," said PV head coach Joe Reed. "We came out and established some dominance early."
PV took a 19-17 lead after one quarter and a 39-30 lead into the halftime break. In the third quarter, PV's lead stretched to as high as 18 points.
"We thought it was over, and we let them back in the game at the end," Reed said. "It is a confidence builder to finish the game."
Kaleigh Graham led the Lady Panthers with 18 points. Kieyoomia Benally scored another 12 points, and Jacklyn Smith found the basket for 10 points in the win.
PV will face the defending state champion Los Lunas Lady Tigers (8-4) at home at 3 p.m. on Saturday. PV's final non-district game will come at home against Pojoaque Valley (9-8) next Tuesday.
We aren't looking at our district opponents yet. We need to get a 4A win against Los Lunas at home on Saturday. It is a big game for us," Reed said. "We have to take care of the two games left, and it starts with the defending champs."
Navajo Prep 68, Zuni 49
The Navajo Prep Lady Eagles continued their impressive run on Tuesday night, winning for the eighth consecutive time.
Navajo Prep (11-5, 4-0 District 1-2A) defeated Zuni (9-6, 2-1) on the road 68-49.
"It was great team win. Our bench played very well and kept our defensive momentum," Prep head coach Rainy Crisp said.
The Lady Eagles are back in action at home on Thursday night against Ramah.John Livingston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.