Lady Bobcats cruise past Thoreau 69-35

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON – The Bloomfield girls basketball team jumped on Thoreau early and rolled to a 69-35 win Tuesday night at Bobcat Gym in Bloomfield.

Bloomfield's Halle Payne shoots over Thoreau's Katelin Plummer on Tuesday at Bobcat Gym in Bloomfield.

“We played good defense, and we were up 35 or more for most of the second half,” Bloomfield head coach Tom Adair said. “We had eight players score tonight. We were able to get some points off of our press, and on offense we moved the ball around well and made open shots.”

All 15 of Bloomfield’s players saw action in the win, and four scored double-digits points.

Kara Watchman led the Lady Bobcats with 17 points. Brandi Alcantar finished with 13, Destiney Walther scored 11 and Alissa Brown added 10.

Bloomfield will play at Zuni (3-14, 0-3) on Friday, then at Navajo Prep (5-12) on Saturday.

“We need to be ready for every opponent we face, no matter who we play or where we play,” Adair said. “We’re still young and learning, and we need to keep getting better.”

Bloomfield's Destiny Walther fights for the ball during a game against Thoreau on Tuesday at Bobcat Gym in Bloomfield.

Kirtland Central 56, Wingate 24

“We started kind of slow and really didn’t have our best game by any means,” KC head coach John Zecca said. “You can’t tell by the score, but we seemed a little flat and somehow were able to get a convincing win.”

Haile Gleason led the Lady Broncos with 19 points, and Megan Silversmith added 8.

KC will play at Shiprock on Friday in a matchup of the only two unbeaten teams left in the district.

“We certainly don’t need to get them up for that one, we just need to keep them level. No matter how you look at it, it’s a rivalry game and a big game,” Zecca said. “We need to refocus. We had a long week last week and I don’t think we were at our best tonight. Luckily, we have a couple days to refocus and hopefully we come out and play like were capable of playing.”

Shiprock 87, Zuni 25

Shiprock (16-2, 3-0) had little trouble with Zuni (3-14, 0-3) Tuesday night, rolling past the Lady Thunderbirds 87-25 at the Chieftain Pit in Shiprock.

The win makes it 48 straight for the Lady Chieftains against district opponents, including district tournament games, with their last loss coming to Kirtland Central in February 2010.

Shiprock will host rival Kirtland Central (13-5, 3-0) on Friday.

Shiprock head coach Larenson Henderson could not be reached for comment.

Boys basketball

Miyamura 56, Piedra Vista

Piedra Vista’s hopes for a district title took a major blow Tuesday night when the Panthers (11-8, 1-2) fell to Miyamura (7-11, 1-1) 56-48 Tuesday night at the Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse.

“We had no pride in what we were doing tonight, and it showed in the outcome,” PV head coach Adam Huff said.

Keegan Acosta and Jarrett Graham scored 11 points each for the Panthers.

PV will look to bounce back from the loss when the Panthers travel to Albuquerque to take on St. Pius X (10-7) in a nondistrict game Friday night.

Gallup 79, Aztec 35

Aztec is still searching for any kind of momentum after being crushed by Gallup 79-35 Tuesday night at Lillywhite Gym in Aztec.

The loss to the Bengals (16-4, 3-0) brings Aztec’s current losing streak up to 10 games. During the skid, Aztec (1-17, 0-3) has been outscored by 38.2 points per game.

Aztec will host Miyamura (7-11, 1-1) on Friday.

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