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PV holds off Prep 52-40 in SFIS semifinal

Karl Schneider
kschneider@daily-times.com

FARMINGTON – The Piedra Vista and Navajo Prep girls basketball teams met In a rematch of their season opener Friday in the semifinals of the Lady Braves Classic hosted by Santa Fe Indian School.

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The game was a much tighter contest than the first, when PV won 67-36, but the outcome was the same, as the Lady Panthers won 52-40.

“We came out, and shot terrible and didn’t execute at all,” PV head coach Joe Reed said. “And part of it was that Prep played good defense.”

The game went to halftime with the Lady Eagles (2-2) leading by 3 points. But after some halftime adjustments, the Lady Panthers (4-0) took control and rolled to a 12-point win.

Nykki Benally was PV’s lone scorer in double figures, scoring 20 points.

PV will play Jemez Valley (3-1) in the tournament’s final at 8:15 tonight.

Jemez Valley beat Santa Fe Indian School 63-59 in the other semifinal.

Prep will play Santa Fe Indian School (1-2) in the third-place game at 4:45 p.m. today.

Bloomfield 55, Crownpoint 31

Bloomfield finally got on the basketball court and the Lady Bobcats got off to a strong start in the 2015-16 season, toppling Crownpoint 55-31 Friday night on the road.

“We pressed the whole game, but when we switched to a man-to-man press after halftime, that’s when we forced a lot of turnovers. They didn’t adjust to it very well,” Bloomfield head coach Tom Adair said. “We got up by 30, then slowed it down and got all 13 of our girls in. It was good to get a game under our belts.”

Adair said the Lady Bobcats (1-0) rebounded well throughout the game, and he was very pleased with the team’s defense on the Lady Eagles (1-3).

Sophomore Kimberlyn Morgan led the Lady Bobcats with 14 points. Juniors Kara Watchman and Destiny Walther added 13 and nine points in the win.

Bloomfield will host Navajo Prep on Monday.

Cleveland 45, Kirtland Central 34

In the semifinals of the John Lomasney Invitational hosted by Gallup, Kirtland Central (1-1) fell to Cleveland (3-1) 45-34 Friday.

The loss sends the Lady Broncos into the third-place game, where they’ll meet Miyamura (2-1).

Miyamura fell to Gallup 75-32 in the other semifinal.

Kirtland Central head coach John Zecca could not be reached for comment.

Española Valley 45, Aztec 34

Aztec couldn’t find a way to get past Española Valley (3-0), and the Lady Tigers (1-1) fell 45-34 in the semifinals of the Al Armendariz Tournament hosted by Capital in Santa Fe on Friday.

With the loss, the Lady Tigers move into the third-place game, where they’ll meet the host team Capital at 2 p.m. today.

The Lady Jaguars (1-4) lost to Gadsden 74-57 in the other semifinal Friday.

Aztec head coach Robert McCaskill could not be reached for comment.

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