FARMINGTON — Bloomfield coasted to a win in its district opener, beating Wingate 74-52 on Tuesday night at Bobcat Gym in Bloomfield.
“It was a good team win,” Bloomfield head coach Tom Adair said. “We got up by 40 at one point, then backed off, and that allowed them to cut it back down. But I have 15 girls on the team, and all 15 of them got to play tonight.”
Nine players scored for the Lady Bobcats. Adair said Wingate (8-8, 0-1 District 1-4A) had no answer for Destiny Walther, who led Bloomfield (11-5, 1-0) with 27 points. Kara Watchman added 18 and eighth grader Halle Payne chipped in 11.
Bloomfield will play at Shiprock (14-2, 1-0) on Friday.
“We told them we’re going to have to play better defense, and we want to play some man against them, so the girls need to be in the right spots,” Adair said of the Shiprock game. “They (Shiprock) are a good team, and they shoot the ball so well. It’s always tough playing at their place with the big crowds they have, but it’s always fun.”
Kirtland Central 71, Zuni 14
Kirtland Central (11-3, 1-0) had little trouble in its District 1-4A opener, crushing Zuni (3-11, 0-1) 71-14 on Tuesday night at Bronco Arena in Kirtland.
“We started out the game putting a little pressure on them, and we were able to create a lot of turnovers and easy baskets off of that,” KC head coach John Zecca said. “I have to give a lot of credit to Zuni — they didn’t give up. They’re a small school, basically have the enrollment we have, and it’s not easy to come up here and play a bigger school.”
Mishaila Tso led KC with 13 points, while TJ Nez scored 10.
KC did not play any of its starters in the second half.
The Lady Broncos, who play four games this week, will play at Moriarty (11-5) tonight in a non-district game.
“That’s going to be a tough matchup against a pretty good team,” Zecca said. “And it’s a tough week for us. We have four games this week, so I guess it was good I was able to get the girls a lot of rest tonight.”
Shiprock 71, Thoreau 33
After a lackluster first half, Shiprock got things going in the second half and cruised past Thoreau 71-33 on Tuesday night at the Chieftain Pit in Shiprock.
“We finally picked up the tempo in the second half and really stepped up,” Shiprock head coach Larenson Henderson said. “Our defense really picked up in the second half, and we put a lot more pressure on them.”
The Lady Chieftains (14-2, 1-0) led 29-22 at halftime, but outscored Thoreau (8-8, 0-1) 19-5 in the third quarter and 23-6 in the fourth to coast to the win.
Paige Dale 14 led Shiprock with 14 points, and Tanisha Begay added 10.
Shiprock will host Bloomfield (11-5, 1-0) on Friday.
“We just have to box out,” Henderson said of the Bloomfield matchup. “They’re really strong inside, and if we don’t get in there and box out and rebound, they’ll stick around.”
Navajo Prep 66, Ramah 65 OT
Navajo Prep struggled all night at the free-throw line, but the Lady Eagles converted at the stripe late in overtime to edge Ramah 66-65 on Tuesday night in Ramah.
“It was pretty much back and forth the whole game,” said Prep head coach Rainy Crisp, whose team was 12 of 26 from the free-throw line. “We missed some crucial free throws that would have won the game for us (in regulation), then missed some crucial ones in overtime, too. But we made a couple at the end to win it.”
Harlei Haceesa scored a season-high 26 points and pulled down 16 rebounds for Prep (5-14, 1-0 District 1-3A). Lemaira Romaine finished with 10 points and 18 rebounds, and Martinique Larvingo added 14 points and 7 assists.
Jordyn Lewis scored 44 points for Ramah (12-5, 0-1).
“Coming into Ramah and playing against Jordyn is always competitive,” Crisp said. “We knew she was going to get her points, and she had 44 on us. But the girls did a good job trying to maintain her the best we could.”
Prep will play at Tohatchi (15-3, 0-0) on Thursday.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.