Farmington — Shiprock came out on fire in its District 1-3A opener.
The Chieftains had four players score in double figures as they routed Thoreau 84-54 on Friday night at the Chieftain Pit.
"The intensity level was there, and the energy was there," Shiprock head coach Chester H. Atcitty said. "The kids just wanted to get after it."
Andre Joe and Justin Begay scored 18 points apiece for the Chieftains (12-8, 1-0 District 1-3A) while Hiram Gleason added 16, and Ryan Benally chipped in 14 in the victory.
"We just got everybody to contribute. Overall, it was pretty good," Atcitty said. "That's a big plus. It shows everybody is focused on team ball."
Thoreau (12-5, 0-1) was able to hang around in the first half, but Shiprock took a 41-30 lead into halftime.
"We just made it a point to communicate and to get a hand up," Atcitty said.
The Shiprock defense shut down the Hawks in the second half as the Chieftains were able pull away.
Shiprock will continue district play on Tuesday with Bloomfield at home.
"It's a nice start to get the home court and get a chance to get those two wins under our belt," Atcitty said.
Wingate 49, Bloomfield 35
The Bobcats' (4-16, 0-1 District 1-3A) slow start and poor finish doomed them in their district opener.
Wingate (11-9, 1-0) jumped Bloomfield 12-2 to start the game, before the Bobcats fought back to tie the game at 30 with five minutes left.
The Bears then closed the game on a 19-5 run to lock up the win.
"They had no emotion to begin the game and only scored three points in the first," Bloomfield head coach Devon Manning said. "We had opportunities on fast breaks, and we'd just turn it over."
Joseph Deherra and Malachi Pablo each scored 11 points to lead Bloomfield in the loss, but Manning is looking for more offense out of his bunch.
"We just have to have guys step up. The other guys had shots, and we didn't convert," he said.
Bloomfield will face Shiprock on Tuesday at the Chieftain Pit.
The two team met in Shiprock on Dec. 17 with the Chieftains winning 53-45.
"We played them really tough there in December," Manning said. "We've played them seven times the last two years, so we know what they're going to bring and they know what we're going to bring. Hopefully, we can sneak one out."
Navajo Prep 80, Newcomb 34
The Lady Eagles continued their dominant play in district play.
Prep (14-5, 7-1 District 1-2A) notched a blowout road victory on Friday night 80-34 at Newcomb (0-10, 0-6).
Matheney Wilson led the Lady Eagles with 21 points in the victory. Jasmine Coleman added 18, and Muriel Waukazoo scored 10.
Prep will play again on Tuesday when it travels to Rehoboth.