Lady Scorps hand Aztec 39-31 district loss

Kirtland Central stays hot, knocks off Miyamura 43-32 to stay perfect in District 1-5A

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON — The Farmington girls basketball team may have turned a corner this season.

Farmington's Chloe Finch scores around Aztec's Myra McCaskill on Wednesday at Scorpion Gym.

The Lady Scorps have struggled to find passion and intensity, resulting in inconsistent performances this season. But the team found the focus it had been missing and toppled Aztec 39-31 tonight at Scorpion Gym.

"I told the girls that they didn't win the game tonight, they won it two days ago in practice," Farmington coach Brady Rivers said. "They practiced very well a couple days ago, and I felt really good coming into this game. Another thing was the girls were diving for loose balls and going after the 50-50 balls. That's something we haven't been doing leading up to this week."

Both teams struggled to find an offensive rhythm in the first half, but Farmington (7-11, 1-2 District 1-5A) found its groove a little before the Lady Tigers (10-8, 0-3) and took a 19-11 lead into halftime.

The struggles by the Lady Tigers have been too common for Aztec coach Robert McCaskill.

"We're trying to figure the issue out right now," McCaskill said. "We played great ball a week and a half ago, then district hit, and we fall apart. We're trying to figure out how to win basketball games when we're supposed to."

Like they've done all season, the Lady Scorps struggled following halftime, allowing Aztec to cut into the deficit and tie the game at 27 early in the fourth quarter.

But the Lady Scorps pulled ahead, getting a layup on their next possession, then a defensive stop and a foul that led to two made free throws, pushing them back ahead 31-27 before holding on for the win.

Chloe Finch paced Farmington with 12 points.

Myra McCaskill led Aztec with 12 points.

Aztec will host Gallup (8-9, 1-1) on Friday.

Farmington will travel to Gallup to face Miyamura (7-12, 1-2) Friday night.

Kirtland Central 43, Miyamura 32

The Lady Broncos seem to have everything going for them since the district schedule started last week.

KC started the season 5-7 but has picked up wins in its first three district games, including tonight's 43-32 win over Miyamura (7-12, 1-2) at Bronco Arena in Kirtland.

"We struggled a little bit against their 2-3 zone. They make you work for your shot, but the third quarter was big for us. We hit three 3-pointers in the third," KC coach John Zecca said. "I don't think we played great, but we had some girls come off the bench and give us a spark."

Zecca said Peanut Dryden came off the bench and hit shots from outside and attacked the lane to draw fouls on her way to an 8-point performance.

Freshman guard Talia Ockerman led KC (8-5, 3-0) with 10 points.

Zecca added that Tiahjae Nez played a good all-around game for the Lady Broncos.

Kirtland Central will host Bloomfield (13-4, 2-0) on Friday.

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