Kirtland Central takes down Farmington 56-42

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON – The Kirtland Central girls basketball team made it two straight wins over Farmington, knocking off the Lady Scorps 56-42 Tuesday night at Bronco Arena in Kirtland.

Kirtland's Haile Gleason gets fouled on the way to the basket during Tuesday's game against Farmington at Bronco Arena in Kirtland.

KC beat Farmington 50-44 during the Lady Bronco Invitational on Saturday.

The two offenses started slow Tuesday night, and after one quarter of play, KC led 11-8.

“First quarter was really close, and the shots weren’t really falling for us,” KC head coach John Zecca said. “Then we hit a couple of 3-pointers late in the second quarter, and we were able to get a little bit of a lead at halftime.”

Farmington (5-7) put together a series of small runs in the second half, but every time the Lady Scorps got within striking range, KC (9-3) responded and rebuilt an 8- to 10-point cushion.

Haile Gleason led KC with 17 points, while connecting on eight of her nine free-throw attempts. Shamika Benally added 6 points and five rebounds for KC, and Zecca praised Megan Silversmith’s defense against Farmington’s bigger post players.

Farmington's Jordan Vasquez comes up with a rebound during Tuesday's game against Kirtland Central at Bronco Arena in Kirtland.

Farmington will play at Atrisco Heritage Academy (9-5) on Thursday.

KC will play at Navajo Prep (4-9) on Thursday.

Piedra Vista 52, Durango, Colo., 50

Piedra Vista got off to a slow start against Durango, Colo., but the Lady Panthers battled back from a 24-19 halftime deficit to edge the Lady Demons 52-50 Tuesday night at the Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse in Farmington.

There were multiple lead changes in the fourth quarter, and in the final minute of action, PV freshman Alexis Long and junior Elli Wright came through when they were needed most.

“Alexis hit a 3-pointer to put us up 4 with about 1:30 left. She’s a freshman who really stepped up and knocked down a big shot for us,” PV head coach Joe Reed said. “And Elli Wright scored 5 of her 7 points in the fourth quarter, including the two free throws to put us up 2 in the final seconds.”

Durango (6-2) had a chance to tie the game, but the shot was off target, and PV (9-3) pulled down the rebound as time expired to secure the win.

Nykki Benally led PV with 24 points, and Monique Russell scored 15.

PV will play at Santa Fe Indian School (7-7) on Saturday.

Santa Fe Indian School 49, Aztec 48

Aztec was called for a foul with no time left on the clock, and a Santa Fe Indian School shooter calmly stepped to the free-throw line and drained the shot to give the Lady Braves a 49-48 win over Aztec Tuesday night in Santa Fe.

Aztec (14-4) had a 10-point lead, but the Lady Tigers made too many mental errors down the stretch to let SFIS (7-7) back into the game.

“It was a lot of mental mistakes. We’re in rarefied air right now, with all of the success we’re having. The girls are not used to it, and we’re playing down to the level of our competition,” Aztec head coach Robert McCaskill said. “We had a great game against Los Alamos (on Friday), and we’ve lost two in a row after that. And it’s a horrible way to go into district play (next week).”

Myra McCaskill led the Lady Tigers with 21 points. Reigan Weaver scored 7 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.

Aztec will host Piedra Vista (9-3) on Jan. 21.

Bloomfield 65, Dulce 28

Bloomfield took control early and cruised to a 65-28 win over Dulce (1-11) Tuesday night at Bobcat Gym in Bloomfield.

“We did well,” Bloomfield head coach Tom Adair said. “We have the Hope Christian Tournament coming up, and I wanted to get ready for that, so we worked a lot on our half-court defense and offense tonight.”

Usually, the Lady Bobcats (9-3) use their full-court press to create easy offensive opportunities, but Adair said after building an early lead, the team backed off to work on its half-court game.

Destiny Walther led Bloomfield with 22 points, and Brandi Alcantar added 16, despite the two playing less than two full quarters each.

Bloomfield will face Taos (10-5) in the first round of the Hope Christian tourney on Thursday in Albuquerque.

Bayfield, Colo., 45, Navajo Prep 41

Bayfield, Colo., avenged one of its losses this season, edging Navajo Prep 45-41 at the Eagles Nest Tuesday night in Farmington.

Prep (4-9) beat Bayfield (3-3) 53-37 on Dec. 1 in Bayfield.

Prep will host Kirtland Central (9-3) on Thursday.

Prep head coach Rainy Crisp could not be reached for comment.

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