FARMINGTON – San Juan County’s girls basketball scene left a strong impression on the state, and a handful of the area teams will begin the state playoffs in the friendly confines of home.
Piedra Vista, Bloomfield, Kirtland Central and Shiprock will host first-round games on Friday. All the brackets were announced tonight via kob.com.
Bloomfield (23-5) earned 5A’s No. 2 seed and will entertain No. 15 seed Lovington (11-16). BHS’ key wins include PV, Los Lunas, West Las Vegas, Kirtland (twice), Gallup (twice) and Shiprock (twice).
“We were all confident were going to get it. It’s very to hard to argue against our strength of schedule,” Lady Bobcats coach Tom Adair said, adding that beating Los Lunas especially helped solidify getting the No. 2 seed. “They’re going to be ready. We know what we’re capable of doing.”
PV (22-6) will be 6A’s No. 8 seed and will host No. 9 Highland (20-6).
Lady Panthers coach Joe Reed said beating district foes Rio Rancho and Volcano Vista at the end of the regular season ultimately got his team a home game. Reed also believes the experience behind those wins will help PV be better prepared mentally facing Highland.
“We knew we had to protect (our) home court. (Those district wins) put us in a pretty good place,” Reed said. “We’re excited for the girls.”
Despite its recent struggles the last couple weeks, Kirtland Central (16-10) did enough to get the No. 5 spot in 5A and will host No. 12 seed Farmington (11-16).
Shiprock (18-9) looks to defend its state title as 4A’s No. 4 seed, hosting No. 13 St. Michael’s (10-17).
Navajo Prep (12-13) secured 4A's No. 12 seed and will play at No. 5 Silver (23-4).
Newcomb (13-14) earned 3A’s No. 14 seed and will play at No. 3 seed Eunice (19-6).
“I feel like we play (against) some of the best basketball in this area,” Reed said of the area's girls teams as a whole.
Kirtland, Shiprock and Newcomb boys will also host
The Broncos (19-10) got the No. 7 seed in 5A and will face No. 10 Alamogordo (15-12).
The Chieftains (18-9) will be the No. 7 seed in 4A and will take on No. 10 Ruidoso (14-13).
The Skyhawks (20-7) will be 3A's No. 5 seed and will host No. 12 Clayton (12-14).
Piedra Vista (13-14) snagged the No. 16 seed in 6A and will play at top-seeded Eldorado (23-2).
Navajo Prep (18-10) will be the No. 11 seed in 4A and will play at No. 6 Portales (16-12).
First-round boys playoff games will be on Saturday.
Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.