Shiprock secures District 1-4A title with win

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON — The Shiprock girls basketball team locked up another regular season district title with a 68-33 victory over Wingate tonight at the Chieftain Pit in Shiprock.

​Shiprock's Paige Dale drives past Wingate's Brittney Payton  for a layup in third quarter Tuesday at the Chieftain Pit in Shiprock.

"We're moving really well. I'm really surprised with the girls' speed," Shiprock coach Larenson Henderson said. "I think we're a lot quicker and the girls are making a lot of plays happen. They're just amazing me right now."

Henderson said the Lady Chieftains' defense was great throughout the night and shut down Wingate (16-7, 3-2 District 1-4A) in the third quarter to blow open the game.

Paige Dale led Shiprock (20-5, 5-0) with 17 points. Kylie McKinley and Chamika Begaye added 12 points apiece.

Shiprock will play at Thoreau (9-15, 0-5) on Friday.

Navajo Prep 53, Thoreau 50

Navajo Prep nearly blew a 19-point lead in the final few minutes against Thoreau, but the Lady Eagles (12-9, 2-3) avoided disaster and pulled out a 53-50 win tonight at the Eagles Nest.

"We were just really careless with the ball — we were the whole game," Prep coach Rainy Crisp said. "The last few minutes Thoreau put a quick press on us. They read the passes and stole the ball, and we gave up a lot of layups."

Thoreau (9-15, 0-5) got within 1 point at 51-50 with less than a minute remaining. But Prep's Harlei Haceesa broke through the defense for a layup to secure the win.

Haceesa led Prep with 15 points.

Prep will play at Wingate (16-7, 3-2) on Friday.

Farmington 44, Miyamura 42

Farmington overcame a 9-point fourth-quarter deficit to top Miyamura 44-42 tonight at Scorpion Gym.

In the final seconds of the fourth quarter, Farmington's Chloe Finch came up with a steal at near court and raced down for an uncontested layup to give the Lady Scorps the victory.

Farmington (10-14, 4-5 District 1-5A) held a 21-15 lead at halftime. But as has been the Lady Scorps' problem all season, they came out flat in the third quarter and watched their 6-point lead turn into a 3-point deficit going into the fourth.

Miyamura (8-17, 2-7) added to its lead in the fourth and got up by 9 with about three and a half minutes remaining.

Farmington rallied, getting a pair of 3-pointers from Philinda Nez to get back within 3 points.

"Her two 3s were probably the shots of the game," Farmington coach Brady Rivers said of Nez.

Farmington will host Bloomfield (17-6, 6-2) Friday.

Aztec 56, Gallup 47

Aztec got back to its style of basketball and knocked off Gallup 56-47 tonight in Gallup.

The Lady Bengals (11-12, 4-3) got out to an early 6-0 lead on Aztec (13-11, 3-6), but the Lady Tigers started attacking the basket, drew fouls and converted at the free-throw line to take the lead and pull out the win.

"We started off a little slow. They got up 6-0, then we started playing better defense and made our free throws this game," Aztec coach Robert McCaskill said. "We shot a really good free throw percentage."

Half of Aztec's points came from the stripe, where the Lady Tigers connected on 28 of 39 attempts.

Myra McCaskill led Aztec with 24 points. Grace Olson added 11.

Aztec will be back in Gallup Friday night to play Miyamura (8-17, 2-7).

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