KC pulls away from Shiprock for 80-59 victory
FARMINGTON — The Kirtland Central boys basketball team has completed a season sweep of rival Shiprock.
KC held a 62-52 lead heading into the fourth quarter when the Broncos blitzed Shiprock, holding the Chieftains to 7 points while KC’s offense went on a tear to earn an 80-59 victory tonight at Bronco Arena in Kirtland.
“It was our pace, it was our tempo, it’s the way we like to play,” KC coach Brian Dowdy said. “We gave up a few too many points, but I told the guys I sound like a jerk if I complain about giving up 59 when we score 80. I can’t really complain about it.”
KC held a 45-36 lead at halftime, but in the third quarter, the Chieftains put together a run to put pressure on the Broncos.
Shiprock coach Chester Atcitty said the Chiefs had good ball movement and attacked the basket well to cut into the deficit.
Atcitty said the fourth-quarter offensive troubles for Shiprock were not the result of tired legs after making the run in the third, but KC’s ability to take its game to a higher level.
“I think Kirtland turned it up another notch,” Atcitty said. “All nine of their players played very well and moved the ball well. We did have an outstanding third quarter, but they just finished strong in the fourth quarter. They took care of business and did an outstanding job.”
Following injuries and discipline issues, KC was down to nine players for the game, and all nine players scored.
“I love to see that everyone scored,” Dowdy said. “Our offense isn’t tailored to anybody, it’s more whoever ends up with the ball in the right spot. So when everyone is able to score, that makes me really happy.”
Bryson Dowdy led KC with 23 points. Terrin Willie added 15, and Colby Mitchell and Jariah Setzer each scored 11.
Landon Henderson led Shiprock with 16 points. Lennard Hoskie added 12.
Atcitty said Shiprock got a big boost from Aaron Gould, who moved well without the ball to find opening and finished with 12 points.
Shiprock will travel to Albuquerque for Hope Christian’s tournament this weekend. The Chiefs will open the tourney against Hot Springs (6-9) Thursday.
The Broncos will be back at home Friday to host Piedra Vista (7-9).
Capital 80, Navajo Prep 16
The Eagles were simply no match for Capital (13-2) tonight, falling to the Jaguars 80-16 in Santa Fe.
“The game was like the movie 'The Perfect Storm,' and I felt like Mark Wahlberg,” Prep coach Rick Hoerner said. “(Capital’s) senior guards beat up on our guys, and they were merciless. They do everything better than we do. They’re quicker, stronger, faster.”
Capital’s size and speed played perfectly into the style of play for the game, which only saw nine fouls called between the two teams.
Anthony Pioche-Lee finished with 6 points to lead the Eagles.
Prep won’t have any time off to recover from the loss, hosting Zuni Wednesday night at the Eagles Nest. The game will be the sixth in seven days for the Eagles.
Navajo Prep 52, Capital 43
The Navajo Prep girls basketball team had a mixed showing tonight, but the Lady Eagles were still good enough to topple Capital 52-43 at the Eagles Nest.
“The girls came ready to play,” Prep coach Rainy Crisp said. “Capital is a good penetrating team, and we were able to slow them down a little bit, but at the same time they did a good job of pressuring us. I think we had 32 turnovers, which is our highest of the season. So we have to get better at handling the pressure.”
Despite the turnovers, Crisp said Prep had a good night offensively, spreading the ball around and getting three players in double-digit scoring.
Harlei Haceesa led Prep with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Martinique Larvingo finished with 10 points, five boards, four steals and two blocks. Taylor Woody rounded out the scoring with 10 points.
Crisp said the spread-out scoring is a big boost for the Lady Eagles' confidence moving forward.
“For our bench players to come out and have a great game, like Taylor Woody coming out and having 10 points, it takes a lot of pressure off of our starters,” Crisp said.
Prep will host Tohatchi on Thursday night.
Navajo Pine 41, Northwest 26
The Northwest girls basketball team couldn’t hang on in the fourth quarter and watched as a 6-point deficit turned into a 15-point loss as the Lady Falcons fell to Navajo Pine in their District 1-2A opener tonight in Navajo.
“We struggled from the 3-point line and had an overall bad shooting night,” Northwest coach Mike Christy said. “It was a close game throughout. We were down 6 at halftime and entering the fourth quarter, but the girls leaned they can play with (Navajo Pine).”
Naomi Begaye led Northwest with 8 points. Rayeisha Thomas added 7.
Northwest will play at Crownpoint on Thursday.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.