Bloomfield knocks off Navajo Prep 72-60

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON – The Bloomfield girls basketball team’s offense caught fire and cleaned up on the offensive glass to knock off Navajo Prep 72-60 in a nondistrict game Saturday afternoon at the Eagles Nest.

Bloomfield's Kara Watchman attacks the basket against Navajo Prep on Saturday at the Eagles Nest in Farmington.

“We played really well on offense, but we need to work on some things on defense,” Bloomfield head coach Tom Adair said. “Our bench stepped up and scored for us, and we were pretty balanced.”

Adair said the Lady Bobcats (14-6) struggled at boxing out and keeping Prep (7-13) off of the offensive boards, but the defense did enough good things to get the win.

Brandi Alcantar led Bloomfield with 18 points.

Prep head coach Rainy Crisp said her team played well but made a few errors that killed its momentum.

The Lady Eagles have been working on playing tougher in the post, and Harlei Haceesa has taken that to heart.

“She has been doing really well and coming out strong for us with aggressive play on the inside,” Crisp said of Haceesa, who finished with 21 points and 18 rebounds.

Lemaira Romaine added 11 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks for Prep.

Bloomfield's Destiny Walther attemtps a layup while defended by Navajo Prep's Martinique Larvingo (11),  Harlei Haceesa (21) and Janelle Buffalo (33) on Saturday at the Eagle's Nest in Farmington.

“It has really become an all-around team with everyone getting involved,” Crisp said. “We’re coming together at the right time, and I think we’ll be able to hold our own in our district.”

Prep (2-1 in District 1-3A) will play at Rehoboth Christian (8-11, 2-1) on Friday.

Bloomfield (3-1 in District 1-4A) will play at Kirtland Central (14-5, 4-0) on Tuesday.

“I don’t want them (the Lady Bobcats) overhyped. They just need to go play,” Adair said. “We’re going to have to play good defense and get out on their 3-point shooters, and they don’t just have one or two, they have four or five really good shooters.”

Shiprock 57, Albuquerque Academy 24

Shiprock bounced back from Friday night’s loss to Kirtland Central with a 57-24 thrashing of Albuquerque Academy (10-7) in a nondistrict game Saturday afternoon at the Chieftain Pit in Shiprock.

The Lady Chieftains (17-3) jumped out to an 18-4 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.

Shiprock (3-1 District 1-4A) will host Wingate (10-9, 2-2) on Tuesday.

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

Aztec 50, Miyamura 38

Aztec picked up a key road win Saturday night, dispatching of Miyamura 50-38 in Gallup.

“It was a very slow game. Miyamura is deliberate team with their offense,” Aztec head coach Robert McCaskill said.

McCaskill said the entire game was played in the half court, and even through the Patriots (8-12, 0-3 District 1-5A) were held to 38 points, he thought his team’s defense was just average.

Aztec (17-5, 3-1) was well balanced in its scoring. Elana Kresl and Reigan Weaver finished with 12 points each, Myra McCaskill added 9, and Adrianna Sanders and Makayla McCaskill chipped in 8 each.

Aztec will be off until Saturday when it travels to Farmington to face Piedra Vista (13-6, 1-2).

“We’re going to get ready for their defense, and try to get ready for their crowd and the atmosphere,” McCaskill said. “We need to do a better job on defense than the last time we played PV.”

Aztec beat the Lady Panthers 58-50 on Jan. 18 in Aztec.

Gallup 71, Farmington 55

Farmington couldn’t sustain its strong start against unbeaten Gallup and fell 71-55 Saturday night at Scorpion Gym.

The Lady Scorps (8-9, 1-2) jumped out to a quick 11-4 lead, but surrendered the lead midway through the second quarter and went into halftime trailing 34-31.

“In the first half, the girls played great. I thought their intensity and execution was great,” Farmington head coach Danny Secrest said. “On defense, we extended our zone and forced them to try to penetrate, because we didn’t want to give up any 3-pointers. Offensively, we attacked the basket.”

Gallup (20-0, 3-0) dominated the third quarter, outscoring Farmington 23-9 to blow the game open.

Secrest said the Lady Scorps lacked the intensity they exhibited in the first half and quit executing the game plan, which led to Gallup pulling away.

Tanisha Beetso and Meeya Yazzie led Farmington with 13 points each.

Farmington will play at Thoreau (4-14) in a nondistrict game on Monday.

Piedra Vista 56, St. Pius X 52

Piedra Vista entered the fourth quarter facing an 8-point deficit, but the Lady Panthers rallied in the final quarter to edge St. Pius X 56-52 Saturday afternoon at the Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse.

Despite playing their third game in as many days, the Lady Panthers (13-6) had enough left in their legs to wear down Pius (3-16) with their full-court press.

“We kind of wore them down a little bit,” PV head coach Joe Reed said. “They didn’t play many girls or go deep into their bench, and we did and wore them down in the end.”

After PV struggled with its shooting through the first three quarters, seniors Monique Russell and Nykki Benally made two 3-pointers each to help spark PV’s offense.

Benally scored 18 of her team-high 22 points in the second half. Autumn Begay added 14 points for PV.

PV (1-2 District 1-5A) will host Farmington (8-9, 1-2) on Thursday.

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