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Prep locks down Santa Fe Indian School 50-40

Karl Schneider, and Jake Newby
Farmington Daily Times
  • PV, FHS and Northwest all picked up wins on the second day of the Jerry Richardson tourney.
  • Navajo Prep advanced to the final of the Santa Fe Indian School Invite by defeating the host.
  • A slow start did KC in against Nevada's Arbor View during the Lake Powell Holiday Classic.

FARMINGTON — The Navajo Prep girls basketball team made a statement tonight.

Basketball

The Lady Eagles (4-0) cruised past Santa Fe Indian School (2-2) — a class 4A semifinalist last season — 50-40 in Santa Fe to advance to the final of the Santa Fe Indian Invitational.

Prep coach Rainy Crisp said her team did it through defense.

"We were able to create some steals that led to easy points for us," Crisp said. "In the second half, we did a lot better job at being more aggressive, getting to loose balls and going up for rebounds."

Martinique Larvingo was one of those players who made a mark on the game with her defense. On top of leading the Lady Eagles in scoring with 15 points, Larvingo had five steals.

Prep squares off with Robertson (3-0) at 8:15 p.m. Saturday for the tournament title.

Farmington 64, Red Valley/Cove, Ariz., 38

The Farmington girls basketball team had little trouble with Arizona’s Red Valley/Cove (1-1) on the second day of the Jerry Richardson Memorial Tournament and rolled to a 64-38 victory at the Chieftain Pit in Shiprock.

The Lady Scorps (3-2) jumped to a 21-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and held a 20-point advantage at halftime.

In the second half, Farmington coach Brady Rivers went to his bench for minutes and production.

“They did a really good job and actually surprised me with how well they played one of the zone defenses that we have,” Rivers said of the reserves’ play in the second half. “They had a couple mishaps, but for the most part, they did a great job. And they got to play a lot — probably a lot more than they were expecting.”

Lyla Denny led the Lady Scorps with 11 points. Chloe Finch came off the bench to score 10.

Farmington will play Bloomfield (2-1) for its final game of the tourney.

Piedra Vista 63, Red Mesa, Ariz., 28

The Piedra Vista girls basketball team asserted its dominance over Arizona’s Red Mesa (1-3) early in the first half and cruised to a 63-28 win today at the Jerry Richardson Memorial Tournament at the Chieftain Pit in Shiprock.

PV coach Joe Reed said it took a couple of minutes for the Lady Panthers (4-0) to get going, but locked in on defense to create some easy scoring opportunities.

“We pressed the first three quarters, but what surprised me was when we went to a half-court defense, something we struggled with against Farmington (Thursday), was much better today,” Reed said. “Red Mesa played hard. They’re just a young team and very small. We just went out there and did what we had to do.”

PV played every player in the game, and all but one scored.

Kristi Lee Bennie led the Lady Panthers with 12 points.

PV will close out the tournament by playing Shiprock (2-1) Saturday at 2 p.m.

Northwest 48, Whitehorse, Utah 32

The Northwest girls basketball team picked up its first win of the season today, knocking off Whitehorse, Utah, 48-32 at the Jerry Richardson Memorial Tournament in Shiprock.

“I’m very proud of our defense,” Northwest coach Mike Christy said. “The girls protected the paint a lot better today. They’re starting to figure it out, and they hit five 3s, which always helps.”

The Lady Falcons (1-2) led 20-14 at halftime before pulling away from the Lady Raiders (0-1) in the second half.

Three players — Brianna Frank, Naomi Begaye and Kylee Denoyer — finished with 10 points for Northwest. Denoyer also pulled down 12 rebounds to record a double-double.

Northwest will close out play at the tourney against Arizona’s Red Mesa (1-3) with an early tip time of 8 a.m. Saturday.

Española Valley 50, Aztec 36

The Aztec girls basketball team came out flat and could never find the intensity needed to challenge Española Valley, falling to the Lady Sun Devils 50-36 in the semifinals of the Al Armendariz Tournament today in Santa Fe.

“We didn’t come to play. We had no energy whatsoever,” Aztec coach Robert McCaskill said. “It was rough going the whole way. We had no energy. I don’t know if it was the second day (of the tournament), and we didn’t wake up. We had a lot of shots we usually take and hit, we just didn’t hit them.”

Myra McCaskill led Aztec with 12 points. Reigan Weaver pulled down 12 rebounds.

The Lady Tigers will play Mesa Vista (3-2) in the third-place game Saturday at 2 p.m.

Arbor View, Nev., 66, Kirtland Central 55

A slow start doomed Kirtland Central on the second day of the Lake Powell Holiday Classic in Arizona tonight.

Arbor View's size and excellent point guard play slowed KC (1-2) down out of the gate, so much so that the Lady Broncos fell behind by 12 points and eventually lost 66-55.

They woke up later on, keeping the game to within 2 or 3 points for most of the night, but didn't have enough gas left in the tank to usurp Arbor View in the fourth quarter.

"They did a good job in their stall offense to close it out. We just started too slow," KC coach John Zecca said. "We used all our energy in trying to come back. It was kind of like the PV game."

KC closes out the Arizona tourney against Sunrise Mountain, out of Peoria, Ariz., Saturday at 2 p.m.

Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.

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