Scorps too much for Aztec in 78-31 thrashing
PV boys fall to Gallup, KC girls crush Thoreau
FARMINGTON – A quick start was all the Farmington boys basketball team needed on Friday to put Aztec away.
The press and half-court man-to-man defense of the Scorpions (15-3, 2-0 District 1-5A) stifled the Tigers (1-16, 0-2) out of the gate. Farmington jumped to a 28-10 first-quarter advantage and never looked back, winning 78-31 at Scorpion Gym.
"We came out with a lot of energy, great effort and pretty much controlled the game," Scorps coach Paul Corley said. "(Aztec) doesn't have a lot of weapons. You just have to key on a couple of them, and they seem to struggle."
David Riley led the way for FHS with 17 points. Berrett Bentley chimed in with 14 points, and Diego Corley had 11.
Riley had a field day in the paint. Corley said a big part of the game plan was getting the ball to his 6-foot-7 senior early and often.
"We ran a lot of sets to get David the ball because they couldn't guard him," Corley said. "The last few games, he's gotten more aggressive. He did a good job tonight, and he's definitely the x-factor for us in a lot of games."
In search of its third straight win, Farmington will square off with Shiprock (7-7, 1-0 District 1-4A) on Tuesday night.
Aztec coach Jeremy Archuleta could not be reached for comment after the game.
Gallup 71, Piedra Vista 52
Playing four games in seven nights caught up with the Panthers on Friday night.
Piedra Vista (11-7, 1-1) gave District 1-5A powerhouse Gallup (15-4, 1-0) a scare with a third-quarter surge, but fatigue eventually set in for PV, which lost 71-52 on the road.
The Panthers were also shorthanded, losing Fidel Castillo to injury on Tuesday, while Cody Harvey hurt his foot three minutes into the game on Friday and never returned.
Both teams were sloppy in the first half, but the Bengals did enough to take a 27-20 lead into the break.
Things picked up in the third for PV, which made a point of attacking the hoop. The Panthers made it a 1-point game after three quarters, thanks to a red-hot Jarrett Graham, who dropped 13 points in the frame.
But then the wheels came off for the Panthers, according to coach Adam Huff.
"Not taking anything away from Gallup, because they came out and played, but my rotation was a little short, and I think my guys kind of got tired," Huff said. "We just ran out of gas."
PV was outscored 26-9 in the fourth quarter.
The Gallup game was PV's first of a five-game road trip. The Panthers play Miyamura (6-11, 0-1) on Tuesday.
Kirtland Central 67, Thoreau 14
Kirtland Central had no trouble with visiting Thoreau on Friday night, walloping the visitors 67-14 at Bronco Arena.
A lightning-fast start by the Lady Broncos broke the spirit of the Lady Hawks (4-11, 0-2 District 1-4A), according to KC coach John Zecca.
"We had a really good first quarter and never really let up," he said. "The bench came in and played a lot of minutes and did a really good job. We just had a really good game."
KC's defense put the clamps on Thoreau early on with a full-court press. That led to a bevy of turnovers, which the Lady Broncos love to turn into transition baskets.
The defense and four first-quarter 3-pointers allowed KC to build a 20-point lead less than eight minutes into the contest. The Lady Broncos then backed off the press and worked on their man-to-man the rest of the night.
Senior Krystal Sheka was solid for KC with 14 points. Haile Gleason, Megan Silversmith and Tiajhae Nez netted 8 points apiece.
The short night for the Lady Bronco starters will come in handy today when the team finishes the second half of a back-to-back set against Montrose, Colo. (8-4). That game is scheduled to tip off at 3 p.m.
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.