FARMINGTON — After a grueling District 1-2A regular season, Navajo Prep finds itself at the top of the standings.
The Lady Eagles will be the top seed in the district tournament after defeating Newcomb 61-30 on Thursday night at the Eagle's Nest in Farmington.
"It's big. We really needed this win to secure the automatic bid into state," Prep head coach Rainy Crisp said. "Last year, we didn't win it and had to wait to see if we'd get in. This year, we wanted to determine our own destiny."
The Lady Eagles (19-6, 12-2 District 1-2A) got off to a slow start against winless Newcomb (0-17, 0-13), leading just 7-4 after one quarter.
Prep's offense picked up in the second as they opened a 25-10 lead heading into halftime and cruised from there to the win.
Jasmine Coleman scored 20 points to lead Prep in the win.
While a top seed normally means a bye to the title game in most districts, the Lady Eagles will be forced to play on Tuesday against Newcomb with the District 1-2A tournament having a full eight-team bracket.
Earning the right to host each game will be important for Prep since the team hasn't lost a district home game all season.
"I really think we have the toughest teams in our district and playing against that level, we'll be very prepared for state," Crisp said.
Shiprock 87, Bloomfield 17
The Lady Chieftains remained perfect and locked up the top seed for the District 1-3A tournament next week with an easy win against Bloomfield.
Shiprock (24-0, 5-0 District 1-3A) hit seven 3-pointers in the first quarter to open up an early advantage and never looked back in its final home game of the regular season at the Chieftain Pit.
"Everyone came out hot and was pretty excited," Shiprock head coach Larenson Henderson said.
Tanisha Begay scored 21 points to lead the Lady Chiefs, while Taylor Henderson added 16 and Courtney Steele scored 12.
Shaelyn White led Bloomfield (4-21, 0-5) with nine points.
"The girls fought and didn't give up. I love their attitudes," Bloomfield head coach Tom Adair said.
Shiprock travels to Wingate, and Bloomfield hosts Thoreau on Saturday to finish the regular season.
Farmington 46, Aztec 40
The Lady Scorpions (13-12, 3-2 District 1-4A) needed a fourth-quarter comeback to escape with a win against Aztec (4-17, 0-5) in Scorpion Gym.
"We were down 10 early. (Aztec) just came to play," FHS head coach Danny Secrest said. "We just hit a few shots, then the crowd got behind us."
Meeya Yazzie led FHS with 13 points, and Tanisha Beetso scored 10 in the win.
The two teams finish the regular season on Saturday with Aztec hosting Kirtland Central and FHS traveling to Piedra Vista.
"A win on Saturday would be huge, and we'll give it all we got," Secrest said.Joshua Perry can be reached at email@example.com; 505-564-4577. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.