Lady Scorps knock off Piedra Vista 60-50

Karl Schneider

RIO RANCHO – The Farmington girls basketball team picked up a big win Saturday night, knocking off crosstown rival Piedra Vista 60-50 at Scorpion Gym in Farmington.

It was senior night for Farmington, but the star of the game was junior Lyla Denny, who scored 13 points in the win.

“It was great, and she has such a great personality. She was smiling the entire game. It’s a wonderful thing to have her on our team,” Farmington head coach Danny Secrest said. “It was fun to watch her tonight. She attacked the basket, made a two 3s, was fist pumping. It was one of those nights that she came out and had a great night.”

Farmington (11-12, 3-5 District 1-5A) jumped out to a 14-7 lead after the first quarter and extended its lead to 31-20 at halftime.

“They (the Lady Scorpions) basically controlled the game from the beginning," PV coach Joe Reed said. "They came out on senior night with nothing to lose, and we came out and played tight with a lot on the table. We came out flat and Farmington took it to us tonight.”

Farmington's Meeya Yazzie shoots during Saturday's game against Piedra Vista on at Scorpion Gym.

With the loss, PV (16-8, 4-4) fell from second to third in the district standings.

PV cut Farmington’s lead to 43-35 heading to the fourth quarter, but Secrest said the FHS crowd helped the Lady Scorps stay in control.

Meeya Yazzie led Farmington with 14 points.

Nykki Benally led PV with 18 points and Elli Wright added 17.

Piedra Vista's Nykki Benally attempts a shot during Saturday's game against Farmington at Scorpion Gym.

The win for the Lady Scorps is their second in their last three games.

“I think the momentum is with us, and sometimes it stays with you until the end (of the season),” Secrest said. “And our attitude is wonderful. We had a little bit of a sinking feeling about a week ago, and now I think the girls are a little rejuvenated.”

Farmington will host Miyamura (8-17, 0-8) in the first round of the district tournament on Monday. The Lady Scorps beat Miyamura in their two meetings this season by an average of 14 points.

“It’s hard to beat teams three times in a year, and it’s a different season now,” Secrest said. “(Miyamura is) going to come in with nothing to lose. We’re going to have to come out and play hard and give it everything we’ve got, because any underdog can beat you.”

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