FARMINGTON — The Navajo Prep girls basketball team got off to a solid start in its district tournament.
The top-seeded Lady Eagles defeated the No. 8 seed Newcomb 68-32 in the District 1-2A tournament quarterfinals on Tuesday night at the Eagle's Nest.
"We came out and played a lot better tonight," Prep head coach Rainy Crisp said. "Last time against (Newcomb), we came out slow. We really picked up our defense and got some easy baskets off the press."
Prep (20-6) led Newcomb 21-8 after the first quarter and maintained that advantage on the Lady Skyhawks (0-19) for the rest of the game.
"We really wanted to come out strong and hopefully carry it over for the rest of the district tournament," Crisp said.
Muriel Waukazoo led Prep with 12 points in the victory.
The Lady Eagles will take on No. 4 seed Tohatchi (15-10) at home on Thursday after the Lady Cougars defeated No. 5 Navajo Pine 57-47 in their quarterfinal game.
Prep split its two meetings with Tohatchi during the season, winning at home 58-46 and losing on the road 80-61.
"They have good, young players and good shooters," Crisp said of Tohatchi. "This won't be an easy game. We have to come out with great defense."
Kirtland Central 66, Aztec 37
The Lady Broncos (8-18) kept their season alive with a dominating performance against Aztec (5-18) in the first round of the District 1-4A tournament on Tuesday night at Bronco Arena.
KCHS had four players score in double figures in the victory.
"We just came out wanting to score," KCHS coach Rochelle Curry said. "We were patient, got good looks and the kids just played hard.
Orquidea Reyes led KCHS with 16 points in the victory. Krystal Sheka added 14 while Megan Silversmith scored 11, and Deiondra Smith chipped in 10.
"That's great to see. A lot of people were keying on Keeshawna (Ockerman), and everyone stepped up," Curry said.
The loss ends the season for the Lady Tigers, while KCHS will play No. 2 seed Farmington for a spot in the district title game.
"Coach (Danny) Secrest is doing a good job over there," Curry said. "We just have to keep the composure mentally. All of the kids are playing really well."
Wingate 70, Bloomfield 60
The Lady Bobcats (4-23) dropped their first-round game in the District 1-3A tournament on the road to Wingate (12-15) on Tuesday night.
"It was a really close game. We cut it to one (point) in the fourth quarter, but they made their free throws at the end," Bloomfield head coach Tom Adair said.
After falling behind by 11 at halftime, the Lady Bobcats fought back to trim the Lady Bears' lead to 41-38 heading into the fourth quarter.
"We played our best third quarter of the year," Adair said. "That quarter had been our Achilles' heel all year."
Jasmine Sappington scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the loss, while Shaelyn White had a double-double of her own with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
White is one of three seniors leaving the Lady Bobcats, who will return 10 players next season.
"We're losing some really good seniors," Adair said. "The exciting thing this season is they competed in every game. The only team that really blew us out was Shiprock. Now it's just a matter of going ahead and getting a win. They did everything I asked, and it was a pleasure coaching them this season."
Thoreau 64, Bloomfield 57
The Bobcats' basketball season came to an end on Tuesday night with a first-round loss on the road to Thoreau (16-8).
"We were up one at the half, but the second half was just a nightmare," Bloomfield head coach Devon Manning said. "We just turned the ball over. We tried to battle back, but could never execute."
The Bobcats (4-22) came into the season with hopes of a state tournament appearance, but injuries early in the year derailed the team and they failed to recover.
"Frustrating doesn't begin to describe it," Manning said of the season. "We had some good moments and lost a lot of close game. We could never figure out how to win."
Tyler Barker led Bloomfield with 21 points and Ray Sanchez added 13 in the loss.
The Bobcats loses three seniors — Ryan Johnson, Damian Duran and Derrick Benally — off the team.
"They were three classy guys, and I wish I had more like them," Manning said.Joshua Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4577. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.