Prep comes up short against Cuba

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON – The Navajo Prep girls basketball team couldn’t find its shooting touch, and the Lady Eagles saw their season come to an end with a 56-46 loss to Cuba in the first round of the 3A state basketball tournament Friday night in Cuba.

“Shots weren’t falling for us, and that really took the momentum from us,” Prep head coach Rainy Crisp said. “I think we just got really frustrated with ourselves, and frustrated in general, because our shots weren’t falling.”

Crisp said the Lady Eagles (13-16) found open shots on the perimeter all night, but hardly anything made it through the rim. She also said Cuba (24-6) did a good job of keeping Prep off the offensive glass for second-chance opportunities.

“We had sparks of a run and good plays with good defensive stops, but we always ended up with a turnover or a missed basket, and we couldn’t get ourselves going offensively because of it,” Crisp said.

Crisp said Cuba did a good job of limiting Prep’s top scorers of Harlei Haceesa and Martinique Larvingo.

Even with the loss, Crisp said the experience of playing in the state tournament will be beneficial to the Lady Eagles, who will return all but two players from this year’s squad.

“They have come a long way,” Crisp said of the Lady Eagles. “This group of girls we have right now, they’re definitely going to be tough next year and the year after that. This was a great learning experience, and now they understand what to expect.”

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