KIRTLAND — Farmington High couldn't be happier to have Kyle Reynolds back in the lineup.
After missing the first three games of the district season with an ankle injury, Reynolds returned to the Scorpions and scored 17 of his game-high 20 points in the first quarter as No. 14 FHS upset No. 4 Kirtland Central 60-55 on Friday night at Bronco Arena.
"Being out for two weeks sucked, and I wanted to come back and try to do something for the team," Reynolds said. "I'm glad they were going in, because I was worried about shooting too much."
Reynolds hit 7-of-8 from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range, in the opening eight minutes to help FHS (12-12, 2-2 District 1-4A) build a 29-15 lead at the end of the first quarter.
"He's just a leader," FHS head coach Paul Corley said of Reynolds. "He's our quiet assassin. He came out blazing in the first quarter and played great basketball."
The Scorpions' full-court press gave KCHS (16-6, 3-1) trouble in first quarter as well, forcing eight of the Broncos' 19 turnovers in the first eight minutes of play.
"We weren't ready to play," KCHS head coach John Zecca said. "It's not like it was anything we haven't seen before. They came out hustling, and they beat us in every facet of the game."
The aggressive mindset was something Corley wanted to establish early in the contest.
"We told the kids to come out swinging," he said. "We came out aggressive and took it right to them."
The Broncos fought back in the second quarter, holding FHS to just three points on 1-of-12 shooting to cut the Scorps' lead to 32-25 heading into halftime.
The Scorps salted the win away in the fourth quarter with solid offensive execution. FHS hit 7-of-7 from the field, all layups, in the final eight minutes of play.
"They ran the offense exactly like it should be," Corley said. "We preach every day in practice to be patient and things will open up. We had a week to practice and really came in focused with a game plan. The kids executed it and really showed that poise and patience. I'm proud of all of them."
KCHS forced a few turnovers late to trim the Scorps' lead from 10 down to as low as three in the final minute, but the Broncos were unable to complete the comeback.
Max Piñon scored 15 points for FHS, and Victor Lopez hit 7-of-8 from the field to score 14 points in the win.
Christian Mackey scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead KCHS in the loss.
Reese Foutz added 16 points, and Junior Smith hit 3-of-6 from 3-point range to finish with 11 for the Broncos.
FHS will prepare for a rematch with rival Piedra Vista on Tuesday, while KCHS will look to recover against Aztec.Joshua Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.