Lady Chiefs take 5th at Goddard Holiday Classic

Lady Bobcats oust Miyamura 40-34, advance to Los Lunas tournament final

Jake Newby
Farmington Daily Times

FARMINGTON — The Shiprock girls basketball team earned fifth place at the Goddard Holiday Classic by handling an athletic Franklin, Texas, team this morningThursday morning 44-35. 

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"Franklin is just a flat-out tough team," Lady Chieftains coach Larenson Henderson said. "But we held our composure, controlled the ball and executed plays." 

After a shaky first quarter in which they trailed 11-9, the Lady Chiefs (12-3) regrouped and controlled the game throughout by a small margin, before pulling away a bit at the end. A seven-for-nine team clip from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter helped Shiprock seal the deal.

Tanisha Begay led her team in scoring for the second straight game with 15 points. Melanie Secody added 10.

Shiprock gets back to work after the new year by paying Kirtland Central a visit on Tuesday.

Bloomfield 40, Miyamura 34

Bloomfield (9-1) overcame the ejection of its coach to slide past Miyamura (3-8) by a final score of 40-34 tonightThursday and earn a place in the final of the Los Lunas Tournament. 

Lady Bobcats coach Tom Adair said his assistant coach was assessed a technical foul late in the fourth quarter, and when Adair asked an official what his assistant did wrong, he was given one, as well. Adair said he'll quickly try to appeal, or else he'll be in danger of being suspended for Friday'stonight's final. 

Adair said the game got tight toward the end.

"Miyamura executed a good game plan tonight and was able to lead us 12-7 in the fourth," Adair said. "We missed a few shots there and (Miyamura) went to the free-throw line a lot but we still won, and we'll be playing in the final."

Brandi Alcantar, who Adair said is his team MVP so far in the tournament, scored a team-high 12 points.

The Lady Bobcats play Volcano Vista at 6 p.m. Fridaytonight for the tourney title.

Piedra Vista 47, St. Pius X 38

Even without sophomore starting point guard Alexis Long, Piedra Vista handed St. Pius X its first loss of the season todayThursday at the Clovis Holiday Tournament, winning 47-38. 

Long left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury and never returned. PV coach Joe Reed said Long suffered a minor PCL sprain, and he doesn't anticipate her missing much time. 

The Lady Panthers (7-4) did a good job of persevering without their floor general against the Lady Sartans (8-1).

"The shots fell today, and the defensive energy was good," Reed said. "Our freshman Hallie (Blackie) came in and played well for Alexis."

PV received a balancing scoring effort from its roster, led by Kristi Lee Bennie's 11 points.

PV faces Clovis at 5:45 p.m. in Friday'stoday's consolation final.

Highland 42, Farmington 37

The Lady Scorpions were outmatched in the first quarter todayThursday and couldn't quite recover, losing 42-37 to Highland (5-3) in the Clovis Holiday Tournament. 

"Their size, they got two girls at (6-foot-2)," FHS coach Brady Rivers said of Highland. "They were getting to every offensive rebound, and we didn't block out. But that's something we emphasized, and the girls blocked out better from the second quarter on."

Farmington (5-6) came out of the first period down 19-12, but led by a renewed focus on the glass and Tamia Pete's 18 points, the Lady Scorps were able to keep the Lady Hornets' lead to within 5 all game.

Highland hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the fourth to stretch a 3-point lead out to 5 for the final score.

The loss pits Farmington in Friday'stoday's third-place game against Lovington (5-7) at 11:20 a.m.

Aztec 41, Palo Verde, Nev., 29

Skyline, Utah, 58, Aztec 11

Aztec started the day strong, but was humbled in a major way this eveningThursday night on the second day of the Las Vegas Holiday Classic in Nevada. 

The Lady Tigers first defeated Palo Verde, Nev., 41-29 before being blasted 58-11 by Skyline, Utah, less than eight hours later. 

Myra McCaskill paced Aztec (6-5) with 11 points during its win, which coach Robert McCaskill said was a product of energy.

"We've kind of adjusted to the speed of the game out here," McCaskill said. "We jumped on them a little bit early."

But the height of Skyline shocked the Lady Tigers in the nightcap, and the Lady Tigers weren't able to form a semblance of offense. McCaskill said the mismatch against Skyline is part of the reason why he brought his team to Nevada over the holidays. 

"When these girls see girls who are (6-foot-2), they can't move. But with this team, the guards are 6-2," he said. "We don't see size like this in New Mexico. They just had a lot of size and speed, and played very good defense."

Now in the gold bracket, Aztec clashes with Cimarron-Memorial, Nev., at 9:20 a.m. on Fridaytoday.

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