FARMINGTON — The Aztec girls basketball team did just enough to pick up a win tonight, getting a number of big plays from its defense to help the Lady Tigers slip past Miyamura 38-36 at Lillywhite Gym in Aztec.
Up 38-36 in the final minute of the game, Aztec coach Robert McCaskill said the Lady Tigers missed the front end of one-and-one free throw opportunities on three occasions. But each time Aztec (12-8, 2-3 District 1-5A) came up with a big play to keep the Lady Patriots (8-13, 2-3) down.
"We're starting to get our stride back on the defensive end," McCaskill said. "We played solid for two games right before district, then we fell apart, but we're starting to get that back and play more consistently. We played with more consistency in the second half. We did a good enough job to come back from down 8 or 10 by playing good defense to get the win."
Grace Olson led the Lady Tigers with 11 points while four other players finished with 6 to 8 points to give Aztec a balanced scoring attack.
Aztec will play at Kirtland Central (9-8, 4-1) on Friday.
Kirtland Central 67, Gallup 60
The young Lady Broncos, who list only one senior on the roster, went into one of the toughest environments in the state and controlled nearly every aspect in a 67-60 win over Gallup on the road tonight.
"They handled (the environment) really well. I'm super happy with the win and how the girls played. We played well overall and shot the ball well," KC coach John Zecca said. "It's a good win for us, especially coming off of a loss against Bloomfield. We were able to get through (Gallup's) pressure and find some people wide open."
Haile Gleason and Talia Ockerman were an unstoppable duo for the Lady Broncos (9-8, 4-1) as both knocked down shot after shot to keep the Lady Bengals (8-11, 1-3) from focusing its defense on stopping one player. Gleason led the way with 19 points while Ockerman added 18.
KC will host Aztec (12-8, 2-3) on Friday.
Shiprock 88, Wingate 49
The Shiprock girls basketball team dominated the boards, pushed the tempo on offense and ran past Wingate for an 88-49 victory tonight in Fort Wingate.
"We came out pretty tough. We controlled the boards and kept them from shooting and driving, and we just played good basketball tonight," Shiprock coach Larenson Henderson said.
Henderson said the Lady Chieftains (17-5, 2-0 District 1-4A) guarded the perimeter well, where Wingate (14-6, 1-1) does a lot of its damage, and Tanisha Begay, Chamika Begaye and Tierra Clichee pulled down rebound after rebound and got the ball out to Shiprock's guards to run the fast break for easy layups.
Melanie Secody led the Lady Chieftains with 19 points. Paige Dale added 15 and Begay finished with 13.
Shiprock will host Thoreau (9-10, 0-1) on Friday.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.