FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista girls basketball team dropped a tight contest in the opening round of the 4A playoffs.
The No. 8 Lady Panthers took a one-point lead into the fourth quarter but were unable to hang on as No. 9 Miyamura emerged with a 46-39 victory on Friday night at the Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse.
PV (18-10) began the final eight minutes with a 29-28 advantage, but the Lady Patriots (17-12) outscored the Lady Panthers 18-10 in the final quarter to escape with the victory.
"This was a good game, and it went down to the wire," Miyamura head coach Mike Troncoso said. "Everybody worked hard and did their job out there."
PV struggled with the Miyamura full-court press defense, committing 26 turnovers in the loss compared to just 11 for the Lady Patriots.
"Their press hurt us some, but some of it was dribbling it off our foot and throwing it out of bounds," PV head coach Joe Reed said. "I'm definitely disappointed. That's not how we play."
Both teams let nerves get the best of them in the first quarter, with neither team mustering any offense.
The squads combined to shoot 2-of-19 from the field in the opening eight minutes as they entered the second quarter tied 3-3.
Miyamura gained a small 14-13 lead on the Lady Panthers heading into halftime.
After PV regained the lead in the third quarter, Miyamura scored the opening five points of the fourth to take a 33-29 lead and kept control the rest of the game.
"We were unable to the ball in the basket in that fourth quarter," Reed said.
Kieyoomia Benally led PV with 16 points, while Kaleigh Graham added 10 in the loss.
Presleigh Smiley was Miyamura's leading scorer with 16 points, and Raquel Spencer added 12 in the victory.
The loss closes the season for the Lady Panthers, who will lose seven seniors from the roster to graduation.
"We did some things in district that we like, and the program is heading in the right direction," Reed said. "It's a tough loss for those seniors in there. I'm proud of them. They worked hard for us."
Miyamura will advance to the quarterfinals to face No. 1 Los Lunas after the Lady Tigers defeated Kirtland Central 69-52.Joshua Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4577. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.