First-half struggles doom Chiefs in 56-40 loss

Karl Schneider,

FARMINGTON — The Shiprock boys basketball team couldn’t get anything going in the first half and was rocked by Durango, Colo., 56-40 tonight in Durango.

Shiprock's Kevin Begay dribbles around the Durango defense on Tuesday at Durango High School in Durango, Colo.

The Chieftains (6-11) managed to score 5 points against the Demons (10-1) in the first half, getting knocked out of the game mentally in the opening minutes.

“We had some good looks, but (Durango) covered ground really well with their long wingspans. They got four blocks right off the bat, and it intimidated us,” Shiprock coach Chester Atcitty said. “We (the coaches) just tried to encourage the boys at halftime to keep working hard and stay positive.”

The Chieftains did just that, and came out in the third quarter with a 20-point explosion. But the damage of the first half was too great to overcome.

Landon Henderson led Shiprock with 10 points. Keion Harvey added 9 in the loss.

Shiprock will host Crownpoint (3-9) Thursday.

Navajo Prep 76, Ramah 42

Navajo Prep got off to a slow start and trailed for most of the first quarter, but quickly turned things around for a 76-42 victory over Ramah (4-13) tonight at the Eagles Nest.

“They (Ramah) were actually ahead 7-0. We had a tough time getting going,” Prep coach Rick Hoerner said. “We were a little lethargic. We weren’t taking care of ball and just had a tough time getting it going.”  

Prep (12-5) took a 30-25 lead into halftime, then dominated the second half to get the lopsided victory.

Four Eagles finished in double figures.

Dylan Begay led the way with 15 points. Lance Morris added 11, and Thomas Montanez and Anthony Pioche-Lee finished with 10 each.

Prep will be back in action Thursday, travelling to Dulce for a meeting with the Hawks (10-6).

Dulce beat the Eagles 48-39 at the Santa Fe Indian School tourney on Dec. 3.

Girls basketball

Ramah 73, Navajo Prep 57

The Navajo Prep girls basketball team wasn’t ready to play, and Ramah (12-3) took advantage, crushing the Lady Eagles 73-57 tonight in Ramah.

“They (Ramah) showed up to play, and I don’t know where we were tonight,” Prep coach Rainy Crisp said. “We had a lack of focus and communication the whole game. We couldn’t get our legs going from the very beginning of the game. It was like we were playing tired the whole game.”

Prep’s lack of communication showed on the defensive side of the ball as the Lady Eagles (10-5) allowed Ramah’s Cauy DuBoise to score 26 points, and Kourtney Lewis to score 25.

Harlei Haceesa led Prep with 20 points. Tiana Sandoval added 13.

Prep will get a week off to prepare for its next game, hosting a District 1-4A matchup with Shiprock (15-5) on Jan. 24.

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