Panthers roll past Bernalillo 72-64
Piedra Vista girls rout Bayfield on the road
FARMINGTON — In its final tuneup before diving into district play later this week, the Piedra Vista boys basketball team cruised past Bernalillo 72-64 on Monday at Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse.
After jumping out to an early 19-9 advantage, the Panthers fell apart in the second quarter. But they responded well to coach Adam Huff's halftime challenge.
"We actually were down by 3 at halftime," PV coach Adam Huff said. "So at halftime I said, 'I need one person to step up and do some things for me, and then everybody else to follow.' And I got that from somebody."
Jason Compton was that somebody for PV (9-6). The junior's energy level gave the team a much-needed boost against the Spartans (8-9), and his put-back bucket in the opening minutes of the third quarter kick started a dominant 27-11 quarter for the Panthers.
Keegan Acosta looked great again for PV, scoring 25 points after netting 24 in Saturday's 72-65 win over Rio Rancho. Acosta is starting to score more as he expands his game, according to Huff.
"He used to just be a long-range shooter, but he's starting to figure out other ways of scoring," he said. "He's so long, he's learning to attack the offensive glass. He's doing a really good job of attacking the hoop and picking his spots."
PV let a 19-point, fourth-quarter lead trickle down to 8, making the final score closer than the game really was.
The district season will begin tonight for the Panthers when Aztec (1-14) will pay them a visit. Huff said he doesn't anticipate an energy shortage on the second half of a back-to-back set.
"We've been able to scout Aztec, so we were preparing a little bit today in our walk-through," he said. "Hopefully, being at home will give us some extra energy and a little more intensity. Hopefully, we get a nice crowd to come help out, and we start district off right."
Piedra Vista 88, Bayfield, Colo., 24
A sound loss to Santa Fe Indian School on Saturday had the Lady Panthers anxious to bounce back on Monday, and that's exactly what they did.
PV led from the opening whistle to the final buzzer, beating Bayfield, Colo., 88-24 on the road.
Lady Panthers coach Joe Reed said his team looked nothing like it did on Saturday.
"The body language was good tonight. People were shooting with confidence, and everything was just going in," he said.
Good defensive rotations stifled the Lady Wolves (3-5) right out of the gate. They allowed PV (10-4) to score a handful of easy baskets and get the momentum going in their favor.
Nykki Benally had a monster game with 24 points, six assists and six steals. Hannah Sayyeau chipped in with 14 points, and Kristi Lee-Bennie had 12.
The huge lead allowed Reed to get an extended look at his bench in the fourth quarter. He said his second unit looked good on Monday.
"I told the subs that I didn't expect them to let up, I expected them to play hard and play good defense," he said. "They went out there, and they played pretty well."
PV will open its district schedule on the road in a showdown against Aztec (14-4) on Thursday night.
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.