FARMINGTON — It wasn't the prettiest win, but Piedra Vista found a way past Aztec.
The Panthers knocked off the Tigers 46-34 on Friday night at the Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse in Farmington.
Neither team could find an offensive rhythm in the first half with Aztec taking a 13-11 lead into the locker room.
"We challenged them at halftime," PV head coach Adam Huff said. "We didn't think our intensity was good. (Aztec) didn't go away, and we didn't find our spark until the fourth quarter.
The Panthers (14-9, 3-1 District 1-4A) finally started hitting shots in the final quarter to put some distance between them and the Tigers (8-15, 0-4).
Troy Dixon finished with 18 points in the victory, and Isaiah Valdez added 15.
Aztec had just six players suited up for the game with multiple players missing the game due to injuries and a state student council meeting.
"They played their hearts out," Aztec head coach Tony DiNallo said. "We were able to hang with them up until the fourth."
Nick Weaver and Alvin Harvey led Aztec with 8 points.
PV continues its district season on Tuesday at Farmington, while Aztec will host Kirtland Central.
"Our district is tough, and nobody needs anymore reason to be pumped up," Huff said. "Farmington still has a chance to tie for the district title depending on what happens with us and Kirtland at the top. I want to win and coach (Paul) Corley wants to win, so we're going to get after it."
Shiprock 77, Thoreau 63
The Chieftains (13-9, 3-1 District 1-3A) used a solid second half to pull away from the Hawks (14-7, 1-3) on Friday in Thoreau.
Justin Begay led Shiprock with 30 points in the victory, while Hiram Gleason (13), Deron Johnson (12) and Darryle Nelson Jr. (12) each reached double figures.
Thoreau took a 37-36 lead into halftime, but Shiprock head coach Chester H. Atcitty Jr. said his team improved its defensive intensity in the second half.
"We just had to work hard on defense and take better care of the ball," Atcitty said.
Shiprock will host Santa Fe Indian at 2:30 p.m. today before returning to district play on Tuesday at Bloomfield.
Wingate 57, Bloomfield 36
Bloomfield (4-19, 0-4 District 1-3A) struggled in the second half against Wingate (14-9, 4-0) as the Bobcats remained winless in district play.
After trailing by six at halftime, Bloomfield had a difficult time with the Bears' defense.
"(Wingate) got up a little, and our guys started to panic," Bobcats' head coach Devon Manning said. "They were able to turn their defense into offense."
Malachi Pablo scored 11 points in the Bloomfield loss.
The Bobcats will host Shiprock on Tuesday.
Navajo Prep 58, Tohatchi 46
Jasmine Coleman posted a triple-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 12 steals as the Lady Eagles (18-6, 11-2 District 1-2A) knocked off Tohatchi (13-9, 8-4) on Friday night at the Eagles' Nest.
"She had a really great game," Prep head coach Rainy Crisp said of Coleman.
Muriel Waukazoo scored 13 points for Prep in the win.
Prep only needs to beat winless Newcomb at home Thursday to earn the top seed for the district tournament.
"Anything can happen in this district, so we're definitely going to go out and play hard," Crisp said.Joshua Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.