PV boys battled Grants, but came up short 64-55
FARMINGTON – The Navajo Prep girls basketball team came back from Thanksgiving break and picked up an impressive road win, toppling Bayfield, Colo., 53-37 behind a strong defensive performance Tuesday night in Bayfield.
“Since the break and coming back to practice, that’s been one thing we’re focusing on,” Prep head coach Rainy Crisp said of the team’s defense. “The offense will come. We’re still learning all of our plays, so right now we’re focused on playing good defense to create easy scoring chances for our offense.”
The bulk of Prep’s offense came as a result of its full-court press. Crisp said the Lady Eagles (1-1) did a great job of reading Bayfield’s (0-1) passes and were able to create turnovers that led to open shots and layups.
Harlei Haceesa led Prep with 13 points, while Martinique Larvingo and Jazmin Benally added 10 and eight points each.
The Lady Eagles will play Robertson (0-1) in the first round of the Santa Fe Indian School tournament on Thursday.
“We’re really young, and in going against the great teams at this tournament, we need to step up to the level of competition,” Crisp said.
Grants 64, Piedra Vista 55
Piedra Vista hung with Grants from start to finish, but the Panthers couldn’t overcome the Pirates, falling 64-55 Tuesday night in Grants.
“They came out and played hard, and that was something we stressed going into tonight,” PV head coach Adam Huff said. “They worked hard the whole game and stuck to the game plan, and I’m really happy with that.”
Throughout the game, the Pirates (2-0) pressed the Panthers (0-1) to try to take them out of rhythm, but Huff said PV handled the pressure well and was able to create easy layups after breaking the press.
Despite the Pirates finishing with four players in double figures, Huff said PV’s defense contained Grant’s explosive offense, and the difference in the game was Grants knocking down free throws late in the game.
Senior Keegan Acosta led the Panthers with 14 points while sophomore Jarrett Graham chipped in 12 points.
PV will host Albuquerque Academy on Friday and Moriarty on Saturday.
“We’re still trying to find an identity with the younger guys coming in and playing with the older guys. But one thing we’re really focused on is coming out and playing hard,” Huff said. “That’s one thing that will show what kind of a team we will be and how good of a team we can be.”
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.