Farmington fights off Pirates for 58-53 victory

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON — The Farmington boys basketball team got off to a good start in the 2016-17 season, holding off Grants 58-53 tonight at Scorpion Gym.

Farmington's Keaton Christy draws a foul on the way to the basket against Grants on Tuesday at Scorpion Gym.

“I’m really proud of the boys’ effort tonight,” Farmington coach Paul Corley said. “They showed good composure at the end of the game to get a win over a good Grants team.”

The Scorps (1-0) started the game well, building a 31-24 lead at halftime.

But in the third quarter, Grants (0-1) started hitting shots while Farmington’s offense stalled.

“We went cold, and they caught fire. I think we got comfortable with the lead and had some first-game nerves,” Corley said. “But what hurt us the most was we were nine for 25 from the free throw line tonight.”

The two teams were tied at 49 with less than four minutes remaining when the Scorps began converting on big plays, including senior Sherlock Stoner connecting on three of four free throws late in the fourth quarter.

Nick Granger led Farmington with 14 points, and Sol Rascon added 10.

Farmington's Nick Granger goes up for a shot against Grants on Tuesday at Scorpion Gym.

Farmington will be off until Dec. 2 when the Scorps host Valencia (0-1).

San Juan, Utah, 71, Shiprock 65

A slow start created too big a hole for the Shiprock boys basketball team, which saw its comeback effort in the fourth quarter fall short in a 71-65 loss to Blanding, Utah’s, San Juan tonight at the Chieftain Pit in Shiprock.

Down 59-41 to start the fourth quarter, Shiprock went on a 16-0 run to cut its deficit to 59-57, but couldn’t find a way to tie the game.

“We got within 2 in the fourth quarter and couldn’t capitalize on a couple opportunities to tie or take the lead,” Shiprock coach Chester Atcitty said. “But for being down 20 points at one point, we fought back to get to just 2 points.”

Atcitty said the Chieftains (0-1) struggled to execute their offense early in the game and had trouble matching up with San Juan’s size in the paint, which led to the big deficit.

Landon Henderson led Shiprock with 24 points.

Shiprock will next play Bloomfield, hosting the Bobcats (0-0) on Tuesday.

Girls basketball

Farmington 55, Grants 44

The Farmington girls basketball team had little trouble in its second game of the season, getting a hot start and rolling to a 55-44 win over Grants (0-1) on the road.

Farmington coach Brady Rivers said the Lady Scorps (2-0) were in control the whole game, building a 12-point lead at the end of the first quarter and maintaining it until the end.

“We broke their press. (Grants) came out in a 2-2-1 press, and the girls were really patient,” Rivers said of the first half. “I know if we turned it over more than a couple of times throughout the night against the press. As we broke the press, we attacked the basket and got some pretty good shots.”

Ha’Teya Holloman led Farmington with 11 points. Lyla Denny added 10, and Brianna Charley and Tamia Pete finished with 9 each.

“The girls did a great job of playing the matchups. They were able to recognize the matchups and spread the floor,” Rivers said. “When (Grants) went into a zone, our girls shot the ball really well. I think we made four 3s in a row.”

Farmington will host Cleveland (0-0) on Saturday.

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