Kirtland girls advance to 5A semifinals

Shiprock girls roll past Cobre in quarterfinals

The Daily Times staff
  • Haile Gleason led the Lady Broncos with 21 points.
  • Kirtland faces top-seeded Los Lunas in the semifinals Thursday morning.
  • Lanae Billy led the Lady Chieftains with 22 points.

FARMINGTON — The fifth-seeded Kirtland Central girls basketball team did plenty of damage from 3-point range, topping fourth-seeded St. Pius 46-42 in today’s 5A state quarterfinals at DreamStyle Arena, commonly known as the Pit, in Albuquerque.

Haile Gleason opened the game with two big 3s off of turnovers, while Peanut Dryden drained a deep 3 at the buzzer to give KC at 21-20 halftime lead.

Kirtland’s offense initially struggled to withstand St. Pius’ tall, lengthy defenders going to the rim. The Lady Broncos were unable to get shots off in the paint, so they kept hitting 3s.

Despite trailing 33-26 entering the fourth quarter, Kirtland got some key points driving to the basket. The Lady Broncos also kept draining some key 3s attacking in transition.

Kirtland, which closed on a 20-9 run, hit eight of 18 shots from the 3-point line.

Gleason scored a game-high 21 points for the Broncos, while Dryden and Tiajhae Nez combined for 17 points.

Maya Trujillo led St. Pius with 13 points.

The Lady Broncos (18-10) will face top-seeded Los Lunas (27-2) in the 5A state semifinals at 9:45 a.m. Thursday at the Pit.

Shiprock girls take down Silver

The fourth-seeded Lady Chieftains continued their 4A state title defense with another strong performance on the defensive end, beating the fifth-seeded Fighting Colts 58-44 in today's 4A state quarterfinals at the Pit.

Shiprock, which has won nine straight games and 14 of its last 16 overall, is allowing just 39.2 points per game during the streak. Shiprock had five blocks and 13 steals today.

Shiprock's Lanae Billy had a game-high 22 points, while Evette Lansing had 12 points.

Silver's Aysia Salas had 15 points.

The Chieftains (20-9) will face top-seeded Portales (26-2) in the 4A state semifinals at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Pit.

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Girls basketball state quarterfinals scores

Kirtland Central 46, St. Pius 42

Shiprock 58, Silver 44

Rio Rancho 40, West Mesa 36

Las Cruces 40, Carlsbad 39

Los Lunas 51, Alamogordo 32

Pojoaque Valley 58, Robertson 52

Portales 58, West Las Vegas 41

Texico 54, Pecos 34

Tularosa 50, Eunice 31

Clayton 57, Tucumcari 47