FARMINGTON — Rytisha Brown and Kaleigh Graham combined for 36 points as the Lady Panthers held off the Elkettes on Tuesday night.
Brown scored 19 points, and Graham added 17 more as Piedra Vista (12-8) fought off a late comeback from Pojoaque Valley (11-9) to secure a 59-57 victory.
"We were lucky to hold onto win in the end," said PV head coach Joe Reed. "Our first three quarters were exactly what we wanted to see going into the start of district this weekend, and it was nice to get that win."
The Lady Panthers led by as many as 15 points in the second half after taking a 26-19 lead into the halftime break. The Elkettes fired at will in the fourth quarter, connecting on several 3-point shots to get back in the game late.
"They took the momentum away from us. We didn't like the way we finished defensively," Reed said.
Kieyoomia Benally scored 13 more points for Piedra Vista in the win.
"We had a good flow going. The girls were unselfish with the ball and shooting well. We had a terrific offensive third quarter," Reed said.
The Lady Panthers begin the District 1-4A schedule on Saturday night at Aztec.
Bayfield, Colo., 52, Aztec 40
The Aztec girls were unable to charge past Bayfield, Colo., on the road on Tuesday.
The Aztec Lady Tigers (4-11) trailed 12-5 after one quarter but fought to make the game competitive in the third quarter. Aztec cut Bayfield's lead to just 36-32 in the third quarter, but Bayfield pulled away to take a 52-40 victory.
The Lady Tigers will begin District 1-4A play on Saturday at home against Piedra Vista.
Cuba 64, Bloomfield 48
Jasmine Sappington's 20 points and 14 rebounds weren't enough for the Bloomfield Lady Bobcats to get past Cuba.
Bloomfield's girls (4-16) fell on the road 64-48 against Cuba (15-3).
"We did some good things. We just have to keep working," said Bloomfield head coach Tom Adair.
Shaelyn White added 18 points and eight rebounds in the loss for Bloomfield. Louisa Maestas led the team with six assists.
Bloomfield opens its District 1-3A schedule on Saturday at home against Wingate (8-11).
Aztec 56, Wingate 51
The Aztec Tigers ended a three-game losing skid on Tuesday.
At home inside Lillywhite Gymnasium, Aztec (8-11) won a 56-51 game against Wingate (10-8). The win ended a losing streak in which Aztec lost to Mancos, Miyamura and Bernalillo.
"We've finally regained our rhythm, and that's what we've been working toward," said Aztec head coach Tony DiNallo. "We made a few little tweaks here and there, and our defense has been just fabulous."
The Tigers were led by Nick Weaver's 19 points and 15 rebounds. Troy Choman also added 13 points in the win.
"Most of our kids are healthy and coming back from injuries and sickness. We've adjusted to all the players and feel like the train has left the station," said DiNallo, who is in his first year coaching the Tigers.
The game was tied 26-26 at halftime before Aztec gained a bit of separation and a 40-36 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Tigers begin their District 1-4A schedule on Friday night at home against Piedra Vista (11-8) on Friday.
"I think we'll be a tough out," DiNallo said of the district. "It is great watching the guys develop and learn to play together. They're playing so well together."John Livingston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.