Shiprock’s Tanisha Begay (23) shoots a three-pointer over Taos on Friday at the Chieftain Pit in Shiprock.
Shiprock's Tanisha Begay (23) shoots a three-pointer over Taos on Friday at the Chieftain Pit in Shiprock. (Jon Austria — The Daily Times)
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FARMINGTON — The Shiprock girls basketball team showed exactly why it's the top seed in 3A.

The No. 1 Lady Chieftains demolished No. 16 Taos 80-15 in the opening round of the state playoffs on Friday night at the Chieftain Pit.

"They did a lot of good things, and we were able to finish them," Shiprock head coach Larenson Henderson said. "I was amazed at how packed the Pit was tonight. The fans really came out to support us."

Shiprock (27-0) jumped out to a 18-2 lead on the Lady Tigers (5-23) and never let up.

The Lady Chiefs expanded the lead to 42-8 by halftime before outscoring Taos 38-7 over the final two quarters.

Tanisha Begay led the Lady Chiefs with 16 points. Ashley John added 15, and Taylor Henderson scored 12.

Shiprock will advance to the 3A quarterfinals, where it will take on No. 8 Robertson on Tuesday at The Pit after the Lady Cardinals defeated No. 9 Silver 63-34.

"I just want to see if they can handle the ball against us and if they'll be able to rotate 10 players against us," Henderson said.

No. 4 Navajo Prep 77, No. 13 Mesa Vista 49

The Lady Eagles controlled the second half of play as they advanced to the 2A quarterfinals with a victory against Mesa Vista.

Prep (23-6) battled foul problems in the first half, allowing the Lady Trojans (16-11) to keep the game close at halftime 38-31.

"In the first half, we got into foul trouble, but we adjusted our defense in the second half and were able to keep them off the free-throw line," Prep head coach Rainy Crisp said. "Free throws really kept them in it the first two quarters.

Jasmine Coleman had a big game for the Lady Eagles in the win with 24 points and 14 rebounds.

Savanna Gomez added a season-high 13 points off the bench for Prep.

Shiprock Shania Harry (13) shoots the ball against Taos on Friday at the Chieftain Pit in Shiprock.
Shiprock Shania Harry (13) shoots the ball against Taos on Friday at the Chieftain Pit in Shiprock. (Jon Austria — The Daily Times)

"What really stepped up tonight for us was the bench," Crisp said. "With the starters in foul trouble, they all came in and picked up where they left off."

Prep will face No. 5 Laguna Acoma on Tuesday at the Santa Ana Star Center in the next round.

"We have to come out aggressive and get second opportunities. That's our key no matter who we play," Crisp said.

No. 1 Los Lunas 69, No. 16 Kirtland Central 52

The Lady Broncos (10-19) had their season come to a close with a loss to the defending 4A champions.

Los Lunas (25-4) knocked down five 3-pointers in the first quarter to open up a 20-9 lead and kept the advantage for the remainder of the game.

"They had the home court and just came out launching 3s," KCHS coach Rochelle Curry said. "It's hard to come back from something like that."

Curry said she liked the way her team continued to battled despite the early deficit.

"We were more aggressive in the third quarter," she said. "It says a lot about the kids that they had the determination to keep fighting."

Four players scored between eight and 10 points in the loss for KCHS.

Los Lunas will advance to the 4A quarterfinals, where the Lady Tigers will face No. 9 Miyamura.

The Lady Broncos will lose six seniors to graduation, and Curry said the girls have nothing to "feel down" about after the year they had.

"They went through a difficult season where they had to learn a lot, and they're strong people for it," she said.

Joshua Perry can be reached at jperry@daily-times.com; 505-564-4577. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.