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Lady Bobcats crumble late against Volcano Vista

Farmington places third in Clovis Tourney, PV settles for sixth

Jake Newby
Farmington Daily Times
  • Bloomfield was outscored 14-2 in the fourth quarter of its Los Lunas Tournament final loss to Volcano Vista.
  • Farmington's defense led the Lady Scorps to a third-place win over Lovington in Clovis.
  • A fast start helped Aztec edge Cimarron-Memorial, Nev., in Las Vegas.
  • Clovis topped Piedra Vista by 10 points in the consolation championship of the Clovis Holiday Tourney.

FARMINGTON — The Bloomfield girls basketball team had its chances against the defending 6A state champions, but a nightmare of a fourth quarter kept the Lady Bobcats from running down the Los Lunas Tournament championship trophy. 

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The Lady Bobcats (9-2) let a 5-point, late-third-quarter lead dissipate when Volcano Vista (7-3) outscored them 14-2 in the fourth and won the game 41-34 tonightFriday night

Bloomfield coach Tom Adair was suspended from coaching the final due to his Thursday-night ejection against Miyamura. After learning how the game played out, he said his team was too stagnant down the stretch. 

"What we preach all the time is make sure we're making layups, making free throws and taking care of the basketball and winning the turnover battle," Adair said. "And we did that for three quarters, and did it well. We were even up by 5. But you can't score 2 points in a quarter and expect to win against a team like that." 

Bloomfield was just four for eight from the free-throw line after halftime. The Lady Bobcats were paced by Kara Watchman and her 11 points. Both Watchman and Brandi Alcantar made the all-tournament team. 

Bloomfield gets Tohatchi (9-4) at home on Tuesday.

Farmington 49, Lovington 33

A great week of practice came to fruition in the form of a third-place finish for Farmington at the Clovis Holiday Tournament. 

The Lady Scorpions (6-6) mixed in some full-court traps and other forms of defensive pressure to trip up Lovington (5-8) 49-33 in today'sFriday's third-place game.

"We did a lot of practicing this week leading up to the tournament, and it showed today," Farmington coach Brady Rivers said. "We mixed up some defensive sets that we haven't really shown, and I think (Lovington) had a hard time kind of figuring out what we were disguising." 

Farmington's stout defensive game led to a lot of forced turnovers and easy scores for the offense. 

Lyla Denny piled up a team-high 14 points and earned all-tournament honors. Tamia Pete chipped in with 13. 

Farmington hosts Española Valley (7-4) on Friday.

Aztec 34, Cimarron-Memorial, Nev., 24

The Lady Tigers scored more than half their points in the first quarter todayFriday and that allowed them to edge Cimarron-Memorial, Nev., 34-24 during Nevada's Las Vegas Holiday Classic.

Aztec coach Robert McCaskill said his girls responded well in the face of Thursday's 47-point blowout loss to Skyline, Utah.

"(Cimarron-Memorial) did not have the size some of these other teams had, but all these teams out here come to play, and they can all shoot.," McCaskill said. "We did a good job adjusting to the speed and the physical style of play."

Kamrynn Phelps netted 7 of Aztec's 20 first-quarter points. The senior center also had eight rebounds.

The win earned Aztec (7-5) a semifinal berth in the tourney's gold bracket, but the Lady Tigers chose to head home after playing four games in three days. McCaskill said the move was made in order to avoid going over the limit of games set by the New Mexico Activities Association.

Aztec hosts the Lady Tiger Rumble beginning on Thursday.

Clovis 57, Piedra Vista 47

Piedra Vista let a small halftime lead slip away today in the consolation final of the Clovis Holiday Tournament and lost 57-47 to the host, Clovis (6-7). 

Ahead by 2 points at the half, the Lady Panthers (7-5) fell apart in the third quarter, turning the ball over numerous times and getting outscored 23-6. 

PV coach Joe Reed was ejected from the game early in the fourth after receiving a pair of technical fouls. 

"I got kicked out mostly because the rough play was so frustrating," Reed said. "Clovis shot 28 free throws, we shot eight. We were frustrated. We just weren't getting the calls." 

The Lady Panthers outscored the hosts 13-8 in the fourth quarter but still fell by 10.

Elli Wright put up a team-high 14 points.

The Lady Panthers play Montrose, Colo., on Thursday in the first round of the Aztec Lady Tiger Rumble.

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