Navajo Prep finally puts Zuni away 57-45 on the road
FARMINGTON — A shorthanded Farmington girls basketball team was thrashed by Class 6A's West Mesa tonight 62-34 at Scorpion Gym.
The Lady Scorpions (6-8) were without two starters — leading scorer Lyla Denny, who was out with a nasal infection, and Philinda Nez, who turned her ankle in practice earlier this week.
Even at full strength, Farmington would have been hard pressed to topple the Lady Mustangs and their disciplined brand of basketball.
"They get done what they want to get done on offense and defense, doesn't matter if they're facing a man (defense) or a zone," FHS coach Brady Rivers said.
West Mesa (11-1) rarely gave Farmington any type of breathing room with its full-court presses and traps, and ran off on a 17-4 second-quarter rally.
Farmington is at home against St. Pius X (10-4) at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Sandia 65, Piedra Vista 50
Piedra Vista got its first taste of 6A competition tonight, and the results weren't good for the Lady Panthers.
Sandia (11-2) ambushed PV with five 3-pointers in the second quarter to create separation on its way to a 65-50 win over the hosts at the Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse in Farmington.
PV coach Joe Reed said the Lady Matadors presented a clear elevation in talent compared to PV's previous opponents.
"We've got to find some new weapons, because right now, it was hard to play (Sandia)," Reed said. "We're used to having two good players to guard on each team, now all of a sudden you've got four girls who can shoot lights out."
Sandia sank seven triples in the game, which Reed said he didn't prepare for properly.
"I have to take responsibility for the loss," he said. "We tried to switch some things up, and that turned out not to work out so well. I have to do a better job getting us ready for the teams we've got coming up."
In the scoring department, PV was led by Danni Russo's 15 points and Hannah Sayyeau's 12.
The Lady Panthers get another tough one on Saturday when they host West Mesa at 3 p.m.
Navajo Prep 57, Zuni 45
Physically and mentally fatigued from its 74-61 loss to rival Tohatchi on Thursday night, Navajo Prep (10-3) sneaked past Zuni 57-45 tonight on the road.
"We finally pulled it together in the second half," Prep coach Rainy Crisp said. "We were a little bit tired from yesterday's game. We limited our turnovers in the second half. That's kind of been our biggest issue, is taking care of the ball and making smart decisions."
The Lady Eagles got the ball into the low post more often after halftime, and Lemaira Romaine was one of the beneficiaries with 11 points and eight rebounds. Martinique Larvingo paced the team in scoring, just as she's done all season, by netting 13 points to go along with five steals.
Prep never trailed, but had to fend off Zuni (1-13) multiple times, as the Lady Thunderbirds seemingly always came up with a 3-pointer to keep the game in single digits before the Lady Eagles pulled away in the final quarter.
Prep doesn't play again until Tuesday, when it hosts 2A's Ramah (11-3).
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