Kirtland Central picks up win in season opener

Karl Schneider The Daily Times
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — Kirtland Central got off to a great start in 2015, beating Ignacio, Colo., 28-26, 17-25, 25-15, 25-12 in the Lady Broncos' season opener Tuesday night in Ignacio.

"We got the first game jitters out of the way," KCHS head coach Nadia Watson said. "We've been trying to figure out a rotation to find something that works for us and get into a groove. Tonight, we moved some people around, and the girls showed they were prepared. I'm very happy with how things turned out today."

Watson said seniors Krystal Sheka and Alex Cambridge played well and showed great leadership in the win.

Watson said the fast-paced game that Ignacio (0-1) played was what she wanted the Lady Broncos (1-0) to see early on in the season. That, she said, will prepare them for the rest of the season as they make a push for a district title and state tournament appearance.

"That's obviously the ultimate goal. I just keep telling my girls it's going to be tough with Shiprock and Wingate bringing back a bunch of girls, and Bloomfield is looking good this year," Watson said. "We're hoping to carry the momentum through. I'm really excited for this season."

Kirtland Central will host Grants (0-2) on Saturday.

Miyamura 3, Bloomfield 1

Bloomfield (1-1) dug too deep of a hole against Miyamura (2-0) and couldn't battle back, falling to the Lady Patriots 25-19, 25-12, 25-27, 25-17 on Tuesday at Bobcat Gym in Bloomfield.

Bloomfield head coach Rae Collins said the match went well overall, but it was also an eye-opener for the Lady Bobcats.

"We learned a lot about ourselves and our mental toughness," Collins said. "We need to be more self-disciplined on certain plays, and some of those mental blocks came out in the third game. We have to overcome the mental blocks as a team and play together."

Collins said junior libero Natasha Largo played well, coming up with key digs in the match to help Bloomfield build momentum.

The Lady Bobcats will have a week to get ready for their next match, when they travel to Aztec to take on the Lady Tigers (1-1) on Tuesday.

"We want to bounce back and learn from our mistakes," Collins said. "This one is over and done with, so we're going to move forward. We need to work together and play better as a team. I think we can use this as a stepping stone to get better for the rest of the season."

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648 and Follow him @karltschneider on Twitter.