FARMINGTON — The Bloomfield girls basketball team tasted defeat in District 1-5A play for the first time this season.
The Lady Bobcats (17-5, 6-1) held a 74-72 lead on Gallup (11-11, 4-3) late in the fourth quarter, but a pair of Bloomfield fouls and four made free throws from the Lady Bengals lifted Gallup to a 76-74 victory tonight at Bobcat Gym in Bloomfield.
"Gallup doesn't miss free throws. They were 10 of 11 in the fourth quarter," Bloomfield coach Tom Adair said. "(An official) called a foul with five seconds left, and we were up 74-72. Gallup tied it on free throws, then they got the ball back on a loose ball, and we fouled them again, and they made the free throws to win the game."
Gallup's Kalisha Kinsel was a terror for Bloomfield's defense to deal with. The senior guard hit six 3-pointers and finished with 25 points to lead the Lady Bengals.
Bloomfield's Kara Watchman led the Lady Bobcats with 19 points. Destiny Walther added 16, and Alyssa Quintana came off the bench to score 12.
Bloomfield will host Kirtland Central (11-9, 6-2) on Tuesday.
Kirtland Central 49, Miyamura 41
The Lady Broncos shot the ball better tonight than they did during Tuesday’s loss to Farmington, and that was a driving force in Kirtland Central’s bounce-back win over Miyamura.
KC (11-9, 6-2 District 1-5A) got 16 points out of its season-leading scorer, Haile Gleason, and did enough to stave off a couple of post-halftime runs by the Lady Patriots in coming away with a 49-41 road victory.
“We didn’t shoot the ball very well against Farmington, and our defense (tonight) was a lot better, as well,” KC coach John Zecca said.
Zecca credited Miyamura (8-16, 2-6) for shrinking a 20-point, second-half lead to single digits, adding that his team had some “goofy moments” down the stretch.
But Zecca said he’ll take the win.
“It’s a good win for us, Miyamura’s a good team,” he said. “When you can beat them on the road, you can’t complain about that.”
KC heads to Bloomfield (17-5, 6-1) for its second-to-last game of the season on Tuesday evening.
Cleveland 51, Piedra Vista 42
An early 10-0 deficit was the doom of the Lady Panthers, who could never come back to tie or take the lead and fell to Cleveland (8-17, 2-5 District 1-6A) 51-42 tonight in Rio Rancho.
"They started the game on a 10-0 run, and we were able to cut it to 3 a couple of times, but then it would stretch back to 10," PV coach Joe Reed said. "We had some streaky shooting tonight to keep us in the game, but we couldn't capitalize around the rim. It was team wide. We couldn't finish within 5 feet of the basket."
Junior Hannah Sayyeau, who was coming off of a knee injury, led PV with 14 points after hitting four 3-pointers in the game.
Sophomore Kaelijah Sligar came off the bench and notched six blocks to provide a defensive spark for the Lady Panthers (11-13, 1-5).
PV will play at Rio Rancho (14-10, 5-1) Feb. 17.
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