Lady Eagles hold off Rehoboth Christian 40-37
FARMINGTON — The Navajo Prep girls basketball team saw a big lead disappear, but the Lady Eagles did just enough to pick up a 40-37 win over Rehoboth Christian Friday night in Rehoboth.
“We blew a 15-point lead. We were lucky enough that they (the Lady Lynx) missed a few crucial free throws that would could have let them tie or win it, but the girls played hard.”
Crisp said that despite the late mishaps that allowed the Lady Lynx (8-13, 2-3 District 1-3A) back into the game, she was proud of how her team pulled together to hang on for the win.
“I was really proud of how they finished. We had a few girls injured at the end of the game. You never want to see your girls play with injuries or through injuries, but they were able to do that tonight,” Crisp said. “It’s good that we play in games like this where we’re not whole. We played mentally strong and didn’t let anything take us out of our game. They were able to come together and pull of the win, and that’s what I’m most proud of.”
Lemaria Romaine led the Lady Eagles (8-13, 3-1) with 12 points, 20 rebounds and four blocked shots.
Prep will host Tohatchi (19-3, 4-0) on Tuesday.
Shiprock 79, Thoreau 41
The Lady Chieftains started a season-ending five-game road trip on a high note by torching Thoreau 79-41 on Friday night.
Shontai Grey netted a game-high 19 points, and Tia Woods followed with 15 as Shiprock (19-3, 5-1 District 1-4A) outplayed the hosts in every facet.
"We played a really good game on both sides," Shiprock coach Larenson Henderson said. "On offense, we moved the ball and found each other. Our percentages were really high."
With Thoreau (6-15, 1-5) now behind them, the Lady Chieftains will turn their attention to Tuesday's road game against Bloomfield (15-7, 4-2) and a Lady Bobcats team that will no doubt be hungry to avenge a 72-40 thrashing on Jan. 22.
Henderson said he thinks his girls will be ready to face an inspired effort.
"It's gonna be a tough one, especially on the road," he said. "But then again, I have girls who can play the inside game they like to play. I think we can control the boards. It's gonna be a battle."
Bloomfield 64, Wingate 41
Bloomfield tuned up for the Shiprock rematch by destroying Wingate 64-41 on the road.
The visitors led Wingate (10-11, 2-4) from wire to wire on Friday, using their superior size to dictate the pace of the game.
Destiny Walther gave the Bears fits with her game-high 23 points. Brandi Alcantar and Kimmy Morgan added 8 apiece.
"We controlled the whole game," Bloomfield coach Tom Adair said. "We got some good looks, some easy layups. I wish we had gotten to the (free-throw) line more, but that's something to work on, I guess."
Adair said he's looking forward to putting forth a better effort against Shiprock on Tuesday.
"We'll be ready to play," he said. "And as long as we get out on their shooters, box out well and grab rebounds, we'll be OK."
Kirtland Central 76, Zuni 23
The top team in District 1-4A beat Zuni by more than 50 points for the second time this season.
Kirtland Central (17-5, 7-0) had no problem with the Lady Thunderbirds (3-19, 0-7) on Friday, coming away with the 76-23 road victory.
The Lady Broncos worked on a slower pace against Zuni, playing in the half court on both offense and defense for much of the game. The results were good for KC coach John Zecca, who said his team can't afford to get complacent with four games left in the regular season.
"Teams are going to be giving us their best effort from her on out, so even though it's sometimes natural, we can't get too comfortable," he said. "We haven't been great lately. I still don't know how we beat Bloomfield, because they outplayed us. But this was a good outing."
Just like she did the last time KC played Zuni, Mishaila Tso led the team in scoring with 15 points.
The Lady Broncos host Thoreau on Tuesday.
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