FARMINGTON — On senior night, Farmington High put together a solid final two quarters to break into the win column in district play.
The Scorpions turned up the pressure on defense in the second half to pull away from Aztec in 57-44 win Friday night at Scorpion Gym.
"It was nice to get a win and let the kids enjoy it," FHS head coach Paul Corley said.
The Scorps (11-12, 1-2 District 1-4A) had 10 players score in the victory.
"Our bench really gave us a lot tonight," Corley said. "They came in and did a great job."
Alex Whiteley was the lone FHS player in double figures with 10 points.
After a tight first half in which the Scorps opened up a 17-14 lead against the Tigers (8-14, 0-3), Corley said his guards stepped up defensively to allow the Scorps to pull away in the third quarter.
"They just got after it defensively," he said. "We put a lot of pressure on them in the backcourt and were able to force some 10 counts."
Farmington High will face Kirtland Central on the road next Friday.
"That will be our focus next week," Corley said. "We'll watch the game tape and see if we can tweak anything. We've got to sustain that momentum. We've got that win under our belts, and we're excited for the rest of the season.
Aztec will be on the road Friday against Piedra Vista.
Wingate 62, Shiprock 60
The Chieftains (13-9, 2-1 District 1-3A) suffered their first district loss of the season in heartbreaking fashion.
Shiprock led by as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter before Wingate (13-9, 3-0) managed to comeback and take the lead with just less than two minutes left in the game.
"We made some uncharacteristic mistakes and got greedy with the 3s," Shiprock head coach Chester H. Atcitty said.
Hiram Gleason scored 14 points to lead Shiprock, while Justin Begay (13), Deron Johnson (12), and Ryan Benally (10) each scored in double figures in the loss.
Shiprock will be off until Friday when they travel to Thoreau.
"We've got to put this loss behind us," Atcitty said.
Thoreau 62, Bloomfield 56, OT
The young Bloomfield squad lost another tight district game, this time falling in overtime to Thoreau.
The Bobcats (4-18, 0-3) hit a 3-pointer late in the fourth to tie the game and then got a stop on defense against the Hawks (14-6, 1-2) to force the game into overtime.
Turnovers proved costly for Bloomfield in the defeat.
"We shouldn't have been in overtime. We turned it over 30 times," Bloomfield head coach Devon Manning said.
Malachi Pablo led the Bobcats with 21 points, and Derrick Benally added 11 in the loss.
"I can't complain about the kids' effort. They're giving everything they have," Manning said.
Bloomfield will host Wingate next Friday.
"We still have a chance at state, but it's slim," Manning said. "We've got to get a win somewhere."Joshua Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4577. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.