FARMINGTON — The Navajo Prep Eagles countered Tohatchi’s bigs by delivering quick passes into the paint, pulling away for a 55-39 win in Thursday’s District 1-3A semifinals at the Eagles Nest.

Prep initially struggled to move the ball inward in the second half, as Tohatchi clogged much of the low post left and right.

But as the Cougars started closing up space out toward the perimeter, Prep’s post players created just enough distance in the paint to receive the ball quickly for easy scoring chances.

Prep (19-7) will host Thoreau at 6 p.m. Saturday in the District 1-3A tournament championship game.

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Navajo Prep pulls ahead with quick passes into the post for easy points in 55-39 District 1-3A semifinals victory Thursday at the Eagles Nest. Wochit

Newcomb boys crush Dulce

The Skyhawks closed out Thursday’s District 1-2A semifinals on a 25-2 run en route to a 93-48 victory at NHS.

Newcomb (25-2) will host Rehoboth Christian in the district title game at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Area teams fall on road

The Farmington boys lost 83-51 at Eldorado in Thursday’s District 2-5A semifinals, while the Farmington girls lost 61-51 at West Mesa in Thursday’s district semis.

The Bloomfield boys dropped a close District 1-4A semifinals battle, losing 58-53 Thursday at Miyamura.

Elsewhere, Gallup crushed the Kirtland Central boys 90-51 in the other District 1-4A semifinals matchup on Thursday.