Lady Eagles grounded by Robertson in Santa Fe

Kirtland Central boys and girls crush their opponents on the road

Karl Schneider, and Jake Newby
Farmington Daily Times

FARMINGTON — It was a nice run for the Navajo Prep girls basketball team at this weekend's Santa Fe Indian Invitational, but it came to an end when Robertson routed the Lady Eagles 65-31 in tonight's final.

Basketball

"They're a pretty tough team. They have a great shooter in Brianna Roybal," Prep coach Rainy Crisp said. "(Robertson) played some very good defense. I think we lost confidence after seeing how they clogged the paint so many times and swarmed our post players as soon as they got the ball."

Crisp said she thinks the Lady Eagles (4-1) committed more turnovers than they had field goal attempts.

"It was tough for us to even get a shot up," she said.

Chantel Wagner had a team-high 8 points for Prep in a game that Robertson (5-0) took complete control of soon after the opening tip.

Still, Crisp said that victories over Taos and Santa Fe Indian School made the tournament a valuable experience.

"The girls played great the whole tournament," Crisp said. "It's good to play Robertson and show us where we're at. That gave our girls that confidence and that boost to know, 'Of course we can play at this level.'"

Kirtland Central 68, Sunrise Mountain, Ariz., 26

The Lady Broncos weren’t about to let another slow start force them to play catch-up today in Arizona.

Kirtland Central (2-2) got off to a rough start against Arbor View, Nev., on Friday and lost by 11 points, but KC jumped all over Sunrise Mountain Ariz., early and often and bounced back to the tune of a 68-26 blowout win.

The third-place game victory in the Lake Powell Holiday Classic featured a team-high 14 points from Haile Gleason. KC coach John Zecca said his team was more mentally focused than it was on Friday.

“Last night, we had a bad start with 5 points in the first quarter,” Zecca said. “I think the players kept that in the back of their heads and knew they had to come out a little stronger."

Zecca said KC needs to be more consistent with its effort going forward. The Lady Broncos return to Arizona on Thursday to compete in the Chinle Tournament.

Mesa Vista 38, Aztec 34

The Aztec girls basketball team has struggled to play with energy and intensity through the first part of the season, and that lack of passion doomed the Lady Tigers (2-2) to a 38-34 loss to Mesa Vista (4-2) in the third-place game of the Al Armendariz Tournament today in Santa Fe.

“It was the same thing as from the beginning of the season. We didn’t have any energy and started off really, really slow,” Aztec coach Robert McCaskill said. “We lost two very good captains (from last year), and we’re just trying to find our way with this group.”

McCaskill said that during the tournament, the Lady Tigers displayed their individual talents, giving him high hopes for his players once they figure out those energy issues.

Myra McCaskill led Aztec with 12 points, and Reigan Weaver pulled down 10 rebounds.

Aztec will host Tohatchi (4-2) on Tuesday.

Boys basketball

Kirtland Central 69, Wingate 31

Everyone on the roster made it into the scoring column for Kirtland Central tonight, which slammed Wingate 69-31 on the road.

For the second straight night, KC did an extremely good job of moving the ball around. The Broncos also swarmed the Bears (1-1) defensively, regularly turning steals into transition baskets.

“They’re just sharing the ball so well right now,” KC coach Brian Dowdy said of his players. “They're really just a joy to watch, and I’m so proud of the way they’re playing.”

Like he did on Friday versus Pojoaque Valley, Jariah Setzer led the Broncos in scoring with 10 points.

The Broncos sped out to a 28-5 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Dowdy said he was able to give his bench ample playing time.

KC (2-1) journeys to the Chieftain Pit to play Shiprock (2-3) on Tuesday night.

Dulce 48, Navajo Prep 39

The Navajo Prep boys basketball team’s comeback effort hit a huge block with the loss of Thomas Montanez, leading to a 48-39 loss to Dulce in the fifth-place game of the Braves Invitational hosted by Santa Fe Indian School.

“We got off to a really slow start again, but we caught up," Prep coach Rick Hoerner said. "Then, Thomas, my point guard, went down with a concussion, and it was downhill from there.”

The Eagles (3-2) cut Ducle’s lead to 1 point before Montanez left the game. But following the injury, the Eagles struggled with turnovers, allowing the Hawks (3-1) to pull away for the win.

Anthony Pioche-Lee and Treston Yazzie each scored 9 points to lead Prep.

Prep will play at Newcomb (3-3) on Tuesday.

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.