Few teams have been able to stop the Shiprock girls this season, and Bloomfield was just another victim to the Lady Chieftains Tuesday night.
Shiprock built a substantial halftime lead before blowing past Bloomfield 86-34.
Taylor Henderson led the Lady Chieftains (17-3, 2-0 District 1-3A) with 20 points.
Despite the big win, Shiprock head coach Larenson Henderson still wasn’t happy with the way his team started the game.
“We came out sluggish again. We had a discussion in the locker room, and then we outscored them 42-11 in the second half,” he said. “The one thing I keep telling the girls is if they want to win the state tournament, we can’t start games slow. They need to get going.”
Henderson was able to play his bench the entire fourth quarter and half of the third, giving those players more valuable minutes before the state tournament.
“Our practices are going well, but I keep telling the girls this is crunch time. It is time to toughen up before state,” Henderson said.
Aranxta Curley had another 12 points for Shiprock in the win while Shania Harry and Kodee Nakai each had 10 points.
Bloomfield was led in the game by Jeannie Montes, who scored eight points.
Bloomfield is back in action Friday at home against Thoreau while Shiprock will hit the road to face Wingate.
“Wingate has girls that aren’t afraid to shoot,” Henderson said. “We need to come out with a good mentality from the beginning, because any team can beat any other team any night.”
Aztec 68, Farmington 40
The Aztec Lady Tigers weren’t pleased with their performance last Friday night in the District 1-4A opener at Piedra Vista, and they took their frustration out on Farmington on Tuesday.
Tyra Gabehart led Aztec with 25 points as the Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Scorpions 68-40.
“It was a good win and well deserved,” said Aztec head coach Ben Tensay. “The girls didn’t like the way they played against PV, and they didn’t want to see that happen again. They stepped up and did a much better job seeing the floor.”
Rebounding was the big key in the game as Aztec hauled in several offensive boards to convert second-chance opportunities.
“We didn’t box out very well,” said Farmington head coach Mike Switch. “We just can’t find the right momentum or groove to get into things. Credit Aztec tonight for doing a lot of things to us and pressuring us full court. We have struggled with that all year, and we made clumsy turnovers that led to easy baskets.”
Shayna Carlowe scored 13 points in the loss for Farmington (3-16, 0-2 District 1-4A) while Kassia Barber added 10 in the win for Aztec (11-10, 1-1).
Aztec shot just 14-for-32 from the line, and Tensay believes the team can finish the season strong if it can improve in that area.
The Lady Tigers will play Kirtland Central (7-15, 2-0) on Friday in another big District 1-4A game.
Farmington will play Piedra Vista (11-10, 1-1) on Friday.
“It will be a hostile environment to play in with PV coming off a loss. They will be ready for us, and we will be ready for them,” Switch said.
Navajo Prep 66, Rehoboth Christian 37
Navajo Prep earned a big district win Tuesday night on the road.
The Lady Eagles (10-9, 6-2 District 1-2A) defeated Rehoboth Christian 66-37 behind RaineeSommer Yazzie’s 14 points.
It was a convincing win after Navajo Prep beat Rehoboth just 55-50 at home on Jan. 15.
Navajo Prep plays again Thursday in a pivotal home matchup against Navajo Pine.
Navajo Prep 43, Navajo Pine 39
The Eagles are feeling good after picking up a third straight win Tuesday night.
Navajo Prep (7-12, 3-8 District 1-2A) defeated rival Navajo Pine at 43-39 behind an all-around solid defensive effort.
“Our defense played a big part tonight,” said Prep head coach Dustin Moore. “The guys were excited about the win, but they were spent after the game. They worked their butts off for me tonight.”
Prep’s focus was taking away Pine’s big man in the paint, Moore said.
“We worked all week in practice on taking their big guy out of the game, and the guys did everything we worked on,” Moore said. “It is great to see how far our guys have come from the start of the season as far as taking what we work on in practice and transferring it into games.”
Mika Mauga led the Eagles with 10 points in the win while Isaiah Yazzie and David Wauneka each had nine.
The Eagles play again Friday against Rehoboth Christian.
“Last time we played them, it was a close game but Rehoboth got away at the end when we made some fourth quarter mistakes,” Moore said. “I am expecting another good game.”