FARMINGTON — Team defense led the Navajo Prep Lady Eagles to a ninth consecutive victory.
Navajo Prep (12-5, 5-0 District 1-2A) played against Ramah (9-7, 2-2) at home on Thursday night. The game was tied 30-30 at halftime, but a strong second half propelled the Lady Eagles to a 64-50 victory.
"It was a huge win against a very tough team. Every game in this district is so competitive and important," said Prep head coach Rainy Crisp. "All of our wins come down to great team defense. I am very proud of my girls."
Ramah's Jordyn Lewis scored 24 points in the game, but the Lady Eagles still held her to five points below her average this season.
"Jordyn is a great athlete. She got her points, but our team focused on her and tried to limit her chances," Crisp said. "I give it to Muriel Waukazoo and RaineeSommer Yazzie for guarding her as well as all the girls rotating in on her with help defense."
Jasmine Coleman led Navajo Prep with 23 points, six rebounds and five steals.
"She had a great game. Overall, we played great defense getting a lot of turnovers. That's how we ended up pulling away," Crisp said.
Navajo Prep had success penetrating the lane and getting points at the rim on Thursday night. Crisp continues to be impressed with the strong play of her bench players.
The Lady Eagles will play at Tohatchi (8-6, 3-1) on Saturday night. It will mark the halfway point of their district schedule.
"We have to focus on every game and not look past anybody. The battle is not over. We have to be ready for the second half of district," Crisp said.John Livingston can be reached at email@example.com; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.