PV, Farmington girls set to clash in 5A quarterfinals

The Daily Times staff
Piedra Vista's Hallie Blackie attacks the basket against Eldorado during Friday's 5A playoff opener at Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse in Farmington.

FARMINGTON — Piedra Vista and Farmington will go head-to-head once more after winning their respective 5A playoff openers tonight.

PV created plenty of separation by draining some big 3s early and late en route to a 62-47 win over Eldorado, while FHS withstood a late Cleveland rally to win 63-55.

PV (25-3) and Farmington (22-8) will do battle in the 5A state quarterfinals at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday at Dreamstyle Arena, commonly known as The Pit, in Albuquerque.

Although Eldorado made it a two-possession game about midway through the third quarter by hitting some quick jumpers PV tacked on a few extra transition layups and daggers from downtown to pull ahead for good.

PV’s Elaina Watson and Tai Tai Woods combined for 25 points, while Eldorado’s Breanne Edgar had 19 points.

Elsewhere, FHS opened the game on an 18-6 run with some good looks attacking on the fast break.

Cleveland made things interesting in the second half getting some key stops near half-court, including intercepting at least one outlet pass down the left side.

However, FHS stayed the course and put the game away with a few breakaway layups.

Farmington’s Kiiyani Anitielu scored 27 points, while Cleveland’s Skyla Lillard scored 20 points.

PV took two of the three matchups versus Farmington during the regular season.

Farmington's Kiiyani Anitielu drives toward the basket against Cleveland during Friday's 5A playoff opener at Scorpion Arena in Farmington.

Kirtland girls, Prep girls also win playoff openers

KC (25-3) crushed Shiprock 65-28 in tonight's 4A playoff opener at Bronco Arena, while Prep (20-9) topped St. Michael's 69-49 in tonight's 3A playoff opener at the Eagles Nest.

Kirtland quickly jumped ahead starting on a 36-9 run and didn't look back. KC, which has won 22 of its last 23 games, will face defending 4A state champion Portales at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Albuquerque.

Prep, which has won 13 of its last 15 games overall, will face Hatch Valley in the 3A quarterfinals at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

Newcomb girls fall at Dulce

The Skyhawks again lost a tight battle to their District 1-2A foe, 56-55 in tonight's 2A playoff opener.

Newcomb's season ended at 15-15.