Lady Tigers hold off Tohatchi 64-61

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON — The Aztec girls basketball team was given a very tough test in Tohatchi, but the Lady Tigers held off the Lady Cougars (4-3) for a 64-61 victory tonight at Lillywhite Gym.

Piedar Vista's Keylie Kemple dribbles around a screen from teammate Elli Wright on Tuesday at Durango High School in Durango, Colo.

“It was up and down. We were down 7 in the first quarter, then went up by 10. They cut it to 2, we’d get back up to 7, they’d tie it up, it was a good game,” Aztec coach Robert McCaskill said. “They have a good team and a really special player. (Kalain Mitchell) is special.”

The Lady Tigers (3-1) got a breakout performance from sophomore Reigan Weaver, who finished with 20 points.

“Reigan just knocked down her shots,” McCaskill said. “She got to the hole when they pressed up on her, and she just played better tonight.”

Myra McCaskill had 12 points in the win, and Makayla McCaskill added 10 for Aztec.

Aztec will have more than a week off before it gets back on the court, travelling to Thoreau on Dec. 16 to take on the Lady Hawks (3-1).

Durango, Colo., 45, Piedra Vista 34

Trailing 28-26 after the third quarter, the Piedra Vista girls basketball team went ice cold in the fourth quarter and fell to Durango, Colo., (3-0) 45-34 tonight in Durango.

“We executed and got every shot we wanted. We just couldn’t make a shot from within 5 feet of the basket,” PV coach Joe Reed said. “It wasn’t one person, it was like it was an epidemic. Every kid missed a shot from inside of 5 feet, and that was the difference in the game.”

Reed said the Lady Panthers (5-1) executed 90 percent of what they tried in the game, but there was no overcoming the cold shooting.

Kristi Lee Bennie and Naomi Smith scored 8 points each to lead the Lady Panthers.

PV will play at Bloomfield (4-1) on Dec. 15.

Bloomfield 68, Bayfield, Colo., 29

The Bloomfield girls basketball team had little trouble during its road trip to Bayfield, Colo., crushing the Lady Wolverine’s 68-29 tonight.

Bloomfield (4-1) kept Bayfield (1-1) to no more than 10 points in any of the four quarters.

“I played all 12 players, a lot. So everyone got some good game experience and everyone scored,” Bloomfield coach Tom Adair said. “It was a good game for us.”

Freshman Halle Payne led Bloomfield with 16 points and made 10 of 11 free throws.

Bloomfield will be off until Dec. 15 when the Lady Bobcats host Piedra Vista (5-1).

Navajo Prep 60, Rehoboth Christian 39

The Navajo Prep girls basketball team didn’t have its best performance, but the Lady Eagles still picked up a lopsided win, beating Rehoboth Christian (0-2) 60-39 tonight in Rehoboth.

“It was a little sloppy, but we still got the win,” Prep coach Rainy Crisp said. “After the first quarter we pulled away with it. But Rehoboth had some good shooters and penetration that didn’t let us get too far ahead.”

Aisaha Chavez led Prep (5-1) with 13 points. Harlei Haceesa and Sequoia Wilson added 10 points apiece.

Prep will travel to Crownpoint on Dec. 15 to face the Lady Eagles (0-2)

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