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PV holds off the Lady Chiefs, improves to 5-0

The Lady Panthers controlled the pace against the hosts and earned the Jerry Richardson Memorial Tournament championship

Jake Newby, and Karl Schneider
Farmington Daily Times
  • Bloomfield used a dominant first half to knock off Farmington 45-33.
  • Northwest couldn't keep up a high pace in the fourth quarter and fell to Arizona's Red Mesa 48-31.

SHIPROCK — The Piedra Vista girls basketball team continues to find ways to win in the early part of the season.

Farmington's Tamia Pete, right, attempts a shot over Bloomfield's Destiny Walther on Saturday at the Chieftain Pit in Shiprock.

PV (5-0) capped off a stellar run at the Jerry Richardson Memorial Tournament by holding off a second-half Lady Chieftains surge and taking the tournament title with a 37-36 victory today over the hosts.

“The press was effective from start to end,” PV coach Joe Reed said. “The girls never gave up. They showed a lot of guts and a lot of heart.”

The Lady Panthers, who never trailed in the game, went right at Shiprock (3-2) in the first quarter, getting to the free-throw line six times and making five shots.

PV went into the second quarter up by 5 points, where Reed used a full-court press to rattle Shiprock into numerous turnovers.

“I don’t know what was going on with our guards, but our passing needs to get a little stronger,” Shiprock coach Larenson Henderson said. “We need to put some speed behind our passes because we tend to lob too much.”

The Lady Panthers’ quickness on defense and balance on offense earned them a 26-17 halftime advantage.

The Chieftain Pit came alive in the third quarter when the Lady Chiefs used a press of their own to force PV into some turnovers and rushed possessions. Shiprock eventually cut PV’s lead to 2 points after three quarters.

Reed said he reminded his girls at halftime and in the third to weather Shiprock’s storm, and that message resonated with them.

“We said at halftime, ‘They’re going to make a run, it’s Shiprock, they’re good,’” Reed said. “What we wanted to do was shorten the game by not making it a track meet. We wanted to control the tempo, which, a game in the 30s, we definitely accomplished that.”

PV scored only 5 points in the fourth, but held Shiprock to 6. The Lady Panthers’ defenders played hard in the defensive post, repeatedly remaining vertical and forcing Shiprock to miss short layups.

Shiprock’s Tanisha Begay and Melanie Secody were named to the all-tournament team, as were PV’s Alexis Long and Kristi Lee-Bennie, who Reed praised after the win.

“Lexi’s the leader of our team right now,” Reed said. “The ball’s in her hands 70 percent of the time. For being so young, she does a good job of controlling tempo and doing things we ask. Kristi was just a force on the boards. She had a rough start the first couple games of the year, but man, she really came on this weekend.”

Kara Watchman represented Bloomfield on the all-tourney team, and Lyla Denny made it for FHS. Kylee Denoyer got the nod for Northwest.

Shiprock tries to shake off the loss in a home game versus Farmington (2-3) on Monday. Piedra Vista plays at Durango, Colo. (1-0), on Tuesday night.

Bloomfield 45, Farmington 32

The Bloomfield girls basketball team has only played four games this season, but the Lady Bobcats look like they’re in midseason form.

The Lady Bobcats closed out their week with a controlling win over Farmington 45-33 at the Jerry Richardson Memorial Tournament this morning.

Bloomfield's Brandi Alcantar takes a shot against Farmington on Saturday at the Chieftain Pit in Shiprock.

“Our girls have played together a lot,” Bloomfield coach Tom Adair said. “Our girls chemistry is good, and our bench is really good for us. That’s the key to going for a championship. Your bench has to be strong. We played well together, and I like our team chemistry.”

After a close first quarter that saw Bloomfield take a 10-7 lead, the Lady Bobcats’ full-court press took over. Forcing multiple turnovers that led to easy buckets, Bloomfield (3-1) dominated the second quarter, outscoring Farmington (2-3) 20-7 in the quarter.

“Bloomfield is the most disciplined team I’ve seen in years — at all levels. Defensively, whether it’s their 1-3-1 or 1-1-3 in the full or three-quarters court, to their offense, when you play at team like that, you have to be disciplined, and we weren’t early,” Farmington coach Brady Rivers said. “We were better later in the game and started to settle down. It just took us a while to get there.”

Coming out after halftime, Farmington began to hold off the Bloomfield attack, keeping the Lady Bobcats to 7 points in the third quarter and 8 in the fourth.

Brandi Alcantar led Bloomfield with 13 points, followed by Destiny Walther with 12.

Lyla Denny paced the Lady Scorps with 10 points.

Farmington will be back in action Monday night, traveling back to Shiprock to take on the Lady Chieftains (3-2).

Bloomfield will travel to Bayfield, Colo., to face the Lady Wolverines (0-0) on Tuesday.

Northwest's Audrey Sanchez attempts a shot against Arizona's Red Mesa on Saturday at the Chieftain Pit in Shiprock.

Red Mesa, Ariz., 48, Northwest 31

The Northwest girls basketball team couldn’t keep up with Arizona’s Red Mesa in the second half and fell 48-31 on the final day of the Jerry Richardson Memorial Tournament today at the Chieftain Pit.

“We played a pretty solid first half and were down by 5 at halftime," said Northwest coach Mike Christy. "Then we got down by 10 in the third, and we pressed them and they ran right through us.”

The game against the Lady Redskins (2-3) was the Lady Falcons’ (1-3) fourth this week, and Christy said the wear of the four games was evident today.

Kylee Denoyer led Northwest with 7 points. Bayeisha Thomas added 6 points.

Northwest will head to Mancos, Colo., on Tuesday to challenge the Lady Bluejays (0-0).

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.