Farmington girls dominate Grants 83-54

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON – From the opening tip to the final buzzer, the Farmington girls basketball team controlled every aspect of its season opener against Grants and picked up an 83-54 win Tuesday night at Scorpion Gym.

“I thought it was great," Lady Scorpions head coach Danny Secrest said. "It was good for the first game to come out and play like that. To tell you the truth, I was kind of shocked, just because I was wondering how the younger girls would play with the older girls, but they definitely fit in well. It was a good start for us.”

Farmington (1-0) jumped to a 12-5 lead with a little less than five minutes remaining in the first quarter, forcing Grants (0-1) to call its first timeout of the game to try to slow the momentum. But the Lady Scorps kept rolling and held a 21-9 advantage by the end of the frame.

Farmington's Tamia Pete dribbles the ball during a game against Grants on Tuesday at Scorpion Gym in Farmington.

Grants started the second quarter on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 21-16, but Farmington built its lead back and sent the game to halftime at 38-26. Leading the way for the Lady Scorps in the first half was senior MaKayla Wood, who connected on three 3-pointers.

“I thought it was great. Her shot was great and smooth,” Secrest said of Wood, who finished the night 4 for 4 from long range. “To tell you the truth, she doesn’t play out there (on the perimeter) much, but I knew she could shoot it. She played well, and it was fun to watch her play. What a great effort. She did a great job for us.”

When the third quarter began, the Lady Scorps dealt the Lady Pirates a heavy dose of Brighton Clah on the block. No one on the Grants roster had the size to match up with Clah, who scored 10 of her 16 points in the period.

Behind Clah’s dominance down low, Farmington started the third quarter on a 10-2 run to blow the game open at 48-28.

Secrest sat his starters for the final five minutes with the game securely in hand at 70-44.

Farmington's Tanisha Beetso dribbles the ball and looks to pass during a game on Tuesday against Grants at Scorpion Gym in Farmington.

Wood led the Lady Scorps with 18 points. Tanisha Beetso added 13 for Farmington.

Farmington will play at Rio Rancho on Saturday.

“They’re definitely going to be bigger. We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing,” Secrest said. “Turnovers, I think that’s one of the key things that can hurt us. They didn’t hurt us too much tonight, but I think they could, so that’s what we’ll work on.”

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.