Piedra Vista girls basketball’s Elaina Watson named the Daily Times athlete of the month

Matt Hollinshead, mhollinshead@daily-times.com
Piedra Vista's Elaina Watson looks to get a defensive stop against Kirtland Central's Aisha Ramone during a girls basketball game on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, at Bronco Arena in Kirtland.

FARMINGTON — Elaina Watson helped the Piedra Vista Lady Panthers open this season on a fast note, with plenty of fast plays on her end.

The PV point guard, who was named the Daily Times athlete of the month for December, has already done plenty of damage on the fast break and in setting up such chances.

She’s swiping at the ball, taking it down the floor for an easy layup. Other times, she’s slashing through lanes off-ball and scoring quick points from there.

Watson, who signed with Adams State University’s women’s basketball program back on Nov. 13, has scored in double figures in all but a few games this season.

She’s tallied at least several games with six-plus steals, including a seven-steal performance in the season opener on Dec. 3 at Kirtland Central.

Watson also concluded the month by bringing home Kiwanis Invitational tournament Most Valuable Player honors.

Honorable mentions

Aztec wrestlerBryson Valdez

Valdez was dominant in mid-December, winning back-to-back individual titles in the 106-pound division.

First came his title Dec. 14 at the Bloomfield Invitational, in which he pinned Miyamura’s Rhys Sellers with 15 seconds left in the first period of the 106-pound championship match.

Valdez then won an individual title via 7-0 decision Dec. 21 at the Desert Storm Classic in St. George, Utah.

Farmington girls basketball’s Kiiyani Anitielu

The Lady Scorpions point guard is now FHS’s go-to scorer in coach Larenson Henderson’s run-and-gun offense.

Anitielu is attacking the rim and getting quick shots off, concluding the holidays with a 35-point outburst against Canutillo, Texas this past weekend at the Hobbs Holiday Tournament.

Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 and on Twitter at @MattH_717.