Shiprock slips up late against Hope Christian

Farmington flattens St. Pius 66-35

Jake Newby

FARMINGTON – One night after completing a dazzling comeback win over Los Lunas, the Shiprock girls basketball team suffered a late-game letdown of its own in Saturday's Hope Christian Tournament final.


Shiprock's Shontai Grey had a ball ripped out of her hands by Hope Christian's Alivia Lewis with less than 10 seconds to go in the game. Lewis then dashed down court to score the game-winning layup to help her Lady Huskies steal the 47-45 win in Albuquerque.

It was the first loss for the Lady Chieftains (13-2) since Gallup beat them in the season opener.

"We traded leads in those last two minutes," Lady Chieftains coach Larenson Henderson said. "It just kind of came down to who wanted it more, and that was them."

Shiprock executed well in the first half, taking a 26-21 lead into halftime. Henderson said his team let Hope (7-9) back in it by shying away from the plays in the second half and playing undisciplined as a whole.

"We have to understand that when we're up by 6 or 8 points, we don't need to take 3-point shots or force shots," he said. "Instead of moving the ball around to find the right high-percentage shot, we would come down, pass it once and shoot too quickly."

After Lewis' bucket, Shiprock called timeout with 5.7 seconds remaining. The final play of the game was drawn up for Tanisha Begay — who scored a team-high 12 points — to come off a triple screen and shoot. But Begay was guarded well and had to heave up a prayer from well beyond the 3-point line that missed.

The Lady Chieftains will try to get back to their winning ways when they host Thoreau on Tuesday.

Farmington 66, St. Pius X 35

Playing twice in less than 24 hours didn't stop the visiting Lady Scorpions from destroying St. Pius X 66-35 on Saturday in Albuquerque.

The 31-point win put Farmington back at the .500 mark (7-7) for the season. FHS downed Atrisco Heritage Academy 58-41 on Friday night.

"We just knocked down shots and still had some intensity left from last night," Lady Scorps coach Danny Secrest said. "The defense was there, as well."

Unselfish play was the theme of the night for FHS, which got hot immediately and took a 12-point lead into the second quarter.

Meeya Yazzie couldn't miss for the Lady Scorps, scoring a game-high 31 points. She nailed four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

Farmington will return home Thursday to face Miyamura.

West Las Vegas 67, Bloomfield 60

The Lady Bobcats made it interesting, but ultimately fell to West Las Vegas (14-3) in the consolation finals of the Hope Christian Tourney on Saturday in Albuquerque.

After trailing for most of the game, Bloomfield (10-5) scored 26 points in the fourth quarter and gained the lead with 2:30 left to go. But the Lady Bobcats failed to secure a key defensive rebound late and lost 67-60.

"We didn't block out, so we learned from that," Bloomfield coach Tom Adair said. "I'm proud of the way the girls played, but we've got to learn to close out games."

Kimmy Morgan had a great game with 17 points. Destiny Walther scored 11 and made the all-tourney team.

Bloomfield will host Wingate on Tuesday.

Santa Fe Indian School 50, Piedra Vista 39

Piedra Vista lacked energy from start to finish in its 50-39 road loss to Santa Fe Indian School on Saturday, according to head coach Joe Reed.

The Lady Braves (10-7) held a comfortable 6 -to 10-point lead for much of the game. PV (9-4) moved up to a No. 3 ranking in District 5A on earlier this week, and Reed said he thinks that got in his girls' heads.

"I think we honestly thought we would come in here, and they would fold because we're PV, and they're Santa Fe Indian," Reed said. "They flat-out kicked our butt in every aspect of the game."

Nykki Benally led the Lady Panthers in scoring with 23 points, surpassing the 1,000-point plateau for her career in the game. Joelle Quintana was another bright spot for PV with 11 rebounds and seven steals.

The Lady Panthers play Bayfield, Colo., on the road on Monday.

Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.