Piedra Vista girls rout Grants 69-32

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON – After holding only a 16-15 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Piedra Vista girls basketball team locked down and dominated Grants (7-13) for a 69-32 win Friday night at the Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse.

“We didn’t shoot the ball very well tonight, but everyone stepped up,” PV head coach Joe Reed said.

Four players scored in double figures for PV (12-6). Nykki Benally led the way with 15, Monique Russell finished with 12, Autumn Begay added 11 and Elli Wright chipped in 10.

“That’s a pretty balanced attack,” Reed said. “It really came down to defensive pressure, and we really wore them out at the end.”

PV will wrap up its third game in three days today, hosting St. Pius X (3-15) in a nondistrict game today at noon.

“We talked about peaking at the right time,” Reed said. “We used the second half against Gallup as a stepping stone, and we’ve played very well defensively since then. The girls are getting to the right spots, the fouls have been way down and we’re getting contributions from other girls.”

Bloomfield 63, Zuni 23

Bloomfield (13-6, 3-1 District 1-4A) started strong and never faltered against Zuni (3-15, 0-4), rolling past the Lady Thunderbirds 63-23 Friday night in Zuni.

“We played well,” Bloomfield head coach Tom Adair said. “We pulled off the press in the second quarter, and we played all of the kids and everyone got to play a lot.”

Brandi Alcantar led the Lady Bobcats with 16 points. Kara Watchman finished with 14 points, and Destiny Walther added 11 in the win.

Bloomfield will be back on the road today, taking on Navajo Prep (7-12) in a nondistrict game at 4 p.m.

Navajo Prep 50, Crownpoint 40

Navajo Prep is starting to find its stride as its district schedule starts to heat up.

The Lady Eagles (7-12, 2-1 District 1-3A) executed well and maintained their lead in the second half to knock off Crownpoint (6-8, 0-3) 50-40 Friday night at the Eagles Nest.

“We maintained a nice cushion starting in the second half,” Prep head coach Rainy Crisp said. “Harlei Haceesa did a great job in the middle for us, and Lameria Romaine grabbed some big rebounds. We’re definitely getting better as a team, and we’re starting to come together more.”

Haceesa led the Lady Eagles with 19 points while Lameria Romaine and Martinique Larvingo dominated the boards, pulling down 13 and 10 rebounds, respectively.

Prep will host Bloomfield (13-6) today at 4 p.m.

“We want to be playing our best basketball when the second half of the district schedule comes around, and with Bloomfield, it’s great for us to help keep that competitiveness with us,” Crisp said. “It’s definitely going to be a tough game.”

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