Farmington girls, PV boys open the year with wins
Jarrett Graham's double-double sparks the Panthers in Gallup
FARMINGTON — In a battle of attrition, the Farmington girls basketball team made just a few more plays than Los Alamos today, and the Lady Scorpions came away with a 38-32 season-opening win on the road.
"Neither team could really click on offense," Farmington coach Brady Rivers said after the game. "(Los Alamos) likes to run a spread offense and do a lot of one-on-one's, and we had to make some adjustments."
Farmington led by 2 points after the first quarter and 6 by halftime, but regressed in the third and trailed by 1 point entering the fourth.
Rivers said that's when guards Philinda Nez and Ha'Teya Holloman shined brightest, continually making smart decisions with the ball to help the Lady Scorps surge to a 13-point lead.
"Los Alamos ran a full-court press pretty much the whole game, and Philinda and Ha'Teya did a great job getting the ball through that and up the court," Rivers said. "We were able to break them down off the dribble and start getting a lot of layups."
Farmington was victorious despite making just one 3-pointer. Both teams turned it over 23 times in a game that looked very much like both teams' season opener, according to Rivers.
Nez and Tamia Pete scored 9 points apiece to lead FHS.
Farmington will take its 1-0 record into Grants on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game.
Piedra Vista 57, Miyamura 51
The Piedra Vista boys basketball team had a rough start to its season-opening game, but battled back in the second half to edge Miyamura 57-51 tonight in Gallup.
PV couldn’t find the basket in the first half and trailed 23-16 at halftime.
“It looked ugly, but the fact is we missed six or seven shots from within 2 feet of the basket. So that 16 points could have easily turned into 30,” PV coach Devon Manning said. “We were our own worst enemy in the first half. We were still trying to get a feel for each other and the offense, but to keep it within 7 points was good.”
PV (1-0) implemented its press in the third quarter, trying to turn over the Patriots (0-1) and create easy chances.
In the second half, the Panthers found a spark in junior guard Christian Chavez, who scored 13 points in the half.
“Christian Chavez was our motor in the second half. I think he had three and-1s at big moments in the second half,” Manning said. “That second half, Chavez was really who got us going.”
Behind Chavez, PV cut the deficit to 39-36 at the end of the third quarter and took the lead with about three minutes remaining.
With PV leading, Miyamura was forced to foul to try to gain extra possession. But the Panthers connected on their free throws to seal the win.
Jarrett Graham led PV with 20 points and 13 rebounds.
PV will next play at Grants (0-0) on Nov. 29.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.
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