Bloomfield advances at Los Lunas tourney

Karl Schneider
Farmington Daily Times

FARMINGTON — The Bloomfield girls basketball team handed Los Lunas an opening-round loss at the Village of Los Lunas Holiday Basketball Tournament, dispatching of the hosts 49-38 tonightWednesday night.


It was the Lady Bobcats second victory over the Lady Tigers (4-6) in Los Lunas this season, and Bloomfield coach Tom Adair said the team looked back at the 47-45 win on Dec. 1 before tonight’s/ game.

“We were down 11 at half last time and didn’t want that to happen again,” Adair said. “We played really well tonight. I’m really proud of how the girls played tonight. The girls played really hard and played really good defense.”

Bloomfield (8-1) held a 24-21 lead at halftime before taking charge in the second half behind seniors Kara Watchman and Destiny Walther.

Watchman led the Lady Bobcats with 16 points and went five for five at the free-throw line. Walther scored 10 of her 11 points in the second half.

Adair also praised the play of point guard Brandi Alcantar, who finished with 12 points.

Bloomfield will face Miyamura (3-7) in the semifinals Thursdaytoday at 7:30 p.m.

Centennial, Nev., 68, Aztec 20

Dobson, Ariz., 43, Aztec 27

The Aztec girls basketball team got to see one of the best teams in the nation at the Las Vegas Holiday Classic todayWednesday in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Lady Tigers met Las Vegas’s Centennial High, ranked 12th in the Super 25 Computer girls basketball rankings, in their second game of the tournament and fell 68-20.

“They are phenomenal. They just play good ball,” Aztec coach Robert McCaskill said of Centennial. “The girls got to see what one of the best teams in the nation looks like. Their speed was phenomenal. They were really fast, really smart, aggressive, well coached. They’re a national team across the board.”

Despite the lopsided loss, McCaskill said the Lady Tigers played a great game, they just didn’t have the speed and conditioning to keep up with the powerful Lady Bulldogs.

McCaskill said the performance against Centennial was much better than Aztec’s first game of the tourney, a 43-27 loss to Dobson, out of Mesa, Ariz.

“We we’re sluggish, slow, tired. We had no energy whatsoever,” McCaskill said of the game against Dobson. “We should have played better than that.”

McCaskill added that had the Lady Tigers played as well against Dobson as they did against Centennial, he thinks they would have gotten a win.

Aztec will play Palo Verde, from Las Vegas, Nev., Thursdaythis morning, then face Salt Lake City’s Skyline in the evening.

Farmington 39, Caprock, Texas, 33

The Lady Scorps (5-5) turned it on in the second half, outscoring Caprock High (5-10), from Amarillo, Texas, 20-11 in the second half to earn a 39-33 victory in the first round of the Clovis Holiday Classic todayWednesday in Clovis.

“We were down 3 at the half, then kind of turned it on in the second half,” Farmington coach Brady Rivers said. “We’ve been working on some different presses and traps on defense, and showed those different defense. We lulled (Caprock) into some turnovers for easy points.”

Rivers added that Farmington’s offense did a good job in the second half.

Lyla Denny led Farmington with 13 points. Tamia Pete added 12.

Farmington will play the winner of host Clovis and Highland in the semifinals Thursdaytoday.

Lovington 44, Piedra Vista 40

The Lady Panthers had an up-and-down performance in the first round of the Clovis Holiday Classic, falling to Lovington (5-7) 44-40 todayWednesday in Clovis.

PV coach Joe Reed said the Lady Panthers took a bit to adjust to the physical style of play and committed multiple turnovers against Lovington’s zone defense.

“It was a close game throughout,” Reed said. “We were down 9 at one point in the third quarter and went on a 13-0 run to take a 4-point lead. There were a couple of bounces and a couple of calls that didn’t go our way, but really we made a couple of mistakes down the stretch that (Lovington) capitalized on.”

The Lady Panthers (6-4) had a good shooting day, hitting five 3-pointers and went 12 for 15 from the free-throw line.

Kristi Lee Bennie led PV with 10 points. Elli Wright added 8.

PV will play St. Pius X (8-1) at 9:30 a.m. Thursdaytoday.

Burges, Texas, 64, Shiprock 52

Shiprock 58, Belen 41

Shiprock (11-3) had a bit of a slow start and was hit by a barrage of 3-pointers during the first round of the Goddard Holiday Classic, losing to Burges (15-2), from El Paso, Texas, 64-52 thisWednesday morning.

“They had a stud on their team,” Shiprock coach Larenson Henderson said of Burges’ Natalie Sanchez. “She scored 34 points and probably missed two times. She was shooting 3s way off the 3-point line. She made six 3s that were just amazing.”

Henderson added that he thought the game was winnable for the Lady Chieftains, but the team made some uncharacteristic mistakes and missed shots that normally drop.

Paige Dale led Shiprock with 14 points in the loss.

After the loss, Shiprock had a little more than two hours to regroup for its game against Belen (4-8).

Henderson said the Lady Chiefs played a lot more relaxed and focused against the Lady Eagles, and rolled to a 58-41 victory.

Tanisha Begay led the Lady Chiefs with 18 points in the win over Belen.

Shiprock will play Franklin High (15-4), out of El Paso, Texas, in the fifth-place game at 10:30 Thursdaythis morning.

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