FARMINGTON — The Shiprock Lady Chieftains' roll through the basketball season continued with another dominant performance.
The Lady Chiefs demolished Wingate 86-29 on Saturday night at the Chieftain Pit.
Shiprock head coach Larenson Henderson said his team came out from the opening tip ready to play.
"The whole team was on fire tonight. The pressure defense allowed us to open a big lead," Henderson said.
Shiprock (22-0, 3-0 District 1-3A) scored the opening 11 points of the game against the Lady Bears (10-13, 1-2) and cruised from there.
Tanisha Begay scored 15 points to lead Shiprock. Shania Harry added 14, and Taylor Henderson finished with 12 in the win.
Larenson Henderson said his team has bought into the offensive and defensive systems all season, and the team has its eyes on a state title.
"I keep telling them to focus on the big picture and that's competing for a state championship," he said.
Shiprock plays Thoreau on Thursday, and Henderson said the Lady Chiefs aren't looking past anyone, despite blowing out all three district opponents this season.
"We just can't let up. Momentum can change and these kids can have an off night," he said. "We just want to avoid the upset."
Kirtland Central 66, Aztec 44
The Lady Broncos (6-15, 1-2 District 1-4A) earned a much need district victory against Aztec (4-14, 0-3) at Bronco Gym.
"We ran our offense more patiently tonight," KCHS coach Rochelle Curry said. "I think the kids are learning what they can do within the offense."
After a close first quarter, KCHS outscored the Lady Tigers 18-4 in the second to take a 27-12 lead into halftime.
Curry said Aztec hit some 3-pointers in the second half to keep the game within striking distance, but solid free-throw shooting from the Lady Broncos sealed the victory.
Keeshawn Ockerman scored 13 points to lead the Lady Broncos in the victory. Orquidea Reyes added 11 more for KCHS.
The Lady Broncos will host Los Lunas on Tuesday. Aztec will be off until Saturday when they play at Piedra Vista.
Thoreau 44, Bloomfield 40
The Lady Bobcats (4-18, 0-3 District 1-3A) are still searching for their first district victory after a tough loss on the road against Thoreau (14-7, 2-1).
"We had a chance to cut it to one with 30 seconds left," Bloomfield head coach Tom Adair said. "We gave ourselves a chance to win, and that's all I can ask for as a coach."
The game was close most of the way, and Bloomfield's solid defense allowed the Lady Bobcats to take a 12-11 lead into halftime.
"Our defense was awesome," Adair said. "The girls showed up and played well."
Jasmine Sappington scored 10 points to lead Bloomfield.
The Lady Bobcats will play again at Wingate on Thursday.Joshua Perry can be reached at email@example.com; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.