Lady Broncos hold off Bloomfield 40-37
FARMINGTON — The Kirtland Central girls basketball team stayed perfect in District 1-4A, narrowly escaping Bloomfield 40-37 on Tuesday night at Bronco Arena in Kirtland.
Bloomfield trailed 36-35 with about one minute remaining in the game, but KC senior guard Deiondra Smith knocked down a jumper to make it 38-35.
Bloomfield came up empty on its next possession and was forced to foul Smith in the hopes of gaining extra possessions, but the senior connected on both free throws to secure the win.
“We did a lot of really good things,” Bloomfield head coach Tom Adair said. “We got off to a good start and played really good defense. I’m really proud of our defense. We had some turnovers at crucial times that we have to fix, and we missed some shots that we should have made. But I’m really proud of how we competed, and we came ready to play.”
Destiny Walther led Bloomfield with 11 points. Kara Watchman and Halle Payne added 10 points each for the Lady Bobcats.
KC head coach John Zecca could not be reached for comment.
Bloomfield will play at Wingate on Friday. KC will play at Zuni on Friday.
Shiprock 74, Wingate 44
Shiprock picked up another one-sided victory in district play, cruising past Wingate 74-44 on Tuesday night at the Chieftain Pit in Shiprock.
Despite the 30-point victory, Shiprock head coach Larenson Henderson said the Lady Chieftains struggled shooting the ball.
“Right now, I think we’re in a little bit of a slump,” Henderson said. “I don’t know if it’s too many games we’ve played or what it is. We just have to keep going and keep practicing, and hopefully we’ll get going when matters most.”
Shontai Grey led Shiprock with 14 points. Tia Woods added 13, and Cassandra Peters and Tanisha Begay finished with 10 points each.
Shiprock will play at Thoreau on Friday.
Navajo Prep 50, Rehoboth Christian 46
Navajo Prep made just five field goals in the entire second half, but the Eagles held on to top Rehoboth Christian 50-46 on Tuesday night at the Eagles Nest.
“We blew an 18-point lead down to nothing,” Prep head coach Rick Hoerner said. “We had about six minutes of as good of basketball as we’ve played all year, then the law of averages caught up with us. We couldn’t throw it in the ocean if we were in a boat the second half.”
Hoerner said that along with Prep’s offensive struggles, Rehoboth Christian made some good second-half adjustments to get its offense going.
Nachae Nez led the Eagles with 18 points. Isaiah Chavez and Tyler Pete finished with 11 points each.
Prep will host Tohatchi on Friday.
“We finished the first round of district games 4-0, and now we have to play probably the second best team in the district," Hoerner said. "We can put a lot of distance between us and them if we can win on Friday, but we have to play a lot better than we did the last couple nights.”
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.