FARMINGTON — The Kirtland Central girls basketball team earned an important district victory against Farmington High.
The Lady Broncos maintained a lead through most of the contest as they defeated the Lady Scorpions 46-40 on Saturday at Bronco Arena in Kirtland.
"Our kids were pretty comfortable," KCHS coach Rochelle Curry said. "They are playing well and understanding their responsibilities."
KCHS (7-16, 2-2 District 1-4A) opened up a 29-22 lead by halftime and never relinquished the advantage in the second half.
"They never really got a big lead, but we just couldn't make any shots," FHS head coach Danny Secrest said.
Makayla Wood led FHS (12-12, 2-2) with 12 points, and Tanisha Beetso added 11 in the loss.
Farmington High will host Aztec next, while KCHS will play at home against Piedra Vista on Thursday.
Piedra Vista 76, Aztec 33
The Lady Panthers (16-8, 4-0 District 1-4A) dominated the Lady Tigers on Saturday night in Aztec (4-16, 0-4) to remain unbeaten in district play.
PV jumped out to a 46-13 lead in the first half on the way to a 43-point win.
"We played well and utilized the inside game," PV head coach Joe Reed said. "(Aztec) was undersized. They're built on speed and didn't have the size down low."
Kaleigh Graham took advantage of the size difference in the post, scoring a season-high 29 points to lead PV to the victory.
No other Lady Panther reached double figures, but all 14 players saw action and scored in the contest.
"It was good for the younger girls to get that varsity experience," Reed said.
Shiprock 66, Santa Fe Indian 39
The Chieftains (14-9) picked up their second win in two days, defeating the Braves (9-16) on Saturday at the Chieftain Pit.
Shiprock jumped out to a 21-4 lead after the first quarter and cruised to the easy victory.
"We had a lot of respect for this team coming in," Shiprock head coach Chester H. Atcitty Jr. said. "We just off to a good start on them."
Hiram Gleason led the Chieftains with 20 points in the win, while Justin Begay added 18 more.
"They got out there and played together and made sure we stayed on track," Atcitty said of his two top scorers.
Shiprock will return to district play on Tuesday with a game at Bloomfield.
"We have to stay focused and can't look past Bloomfield," Atcitty said. "They've played us tough."Joshua Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4577. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.