FARMINGTON — The Kirtland Central girls basketball team was nearly perfect tonight against Farmington.
Aside from a stretch in the second quarter, the Lady Broncos dominated all aspects in a 64-44 victory at Scorpion Gym.
“There’s not a whole lot for me to complain about,” KC coach John Zecca said. “Our defense was good, and that’s what we wanted to focus on. (Farmington) is a dangerous team. They’ve had their share of ups and downs like we have, but they’re still dangerous. And any time you can get a road win in our district, it’s a big plus.”
The Lady Bronco defense kept Farmington contained for the bulk of the game while the offense found production up and down the lineup with three players scoring in double figures.
Haile Gleason led the Lady Broncos with 19 points while Talia Ockerman and Avery Begay added 10 points each.
The Lady Broncos also got a boost from sophomore Peanut Dryden, who came off the bench to score 8.
“Early on, and even up until this point, Haile has been our scorer. We haven’t had a whole lot of girls getting into double figures. We were able to make that work, but anytime you can get balanced scoring like that, it makes you feel good,” Zecca said.
KC (7-7, 2-0 District 1-5A) started the game by getting open looks from outside in the first portion of the opening quarter, but couldn’t get a shot to fall and led just 2-1 with about 4:30 left in the quarter.
But Gleason knocked down a 3-pointer from the left side to open up a scoring spree that saw the Lady Broncos (7-7, 2-0 District 1-5A) build a 17-8 lead at the end of the quarter.
KC built its lead to 27-12 early in the second quarter, but Farmington (6-11, 0-2) slowly chipped away at the deficit and closed the quarter on a 13-3 run to go into halftime trailing 30-25.
After Farmington’s run to end the first half, KC came out in the third and held the Lady Scorps to 3 points in the quarter — all of which came from the free-throw line.
“We ran the offense well in the second quarter, but we didn’t run the offense well in the first, third or fourth quarters,” Farmington coach Brady Rivers said. “Zecca did a good job of mixing up defenses and showing different traps, and we couldn’t recognize it. And even when we did break the press, we were not disciplined.”
Behind solid defense from the Lady Bronco, and offensive struggles from Farmington, KC held a 47-28 lead heading to the fourth quarter.
KC maintained a large cushion the rest of the game and never let the Lady Scorps close enough to threaten the victory.
Lyla Denny led Farmington with 14 points. Jordan Vasquez added 11.
Farmington will be back at home on Tuesday, hosting longtime rival Aztec (10-7, 0-2).
The Lady Broncos will host Miyamura (6-12, 0-2) on Tuesday for just their second home game all season.
“It’s very strange to only have one home game at this point in the season," Zecca said. "We’re definitely glad to be home next week, but we can’t take Miyamura lightly. They gave Bloomfield all they could handle (Tuesday). I know they have some good guards and some shooters, so we can’t let the fact that we’re home be a reason to let up.”
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.