Shiprock opened the Lady Chief Invitational with a dominant performance against Shiprock Northwest.

The Lady Chiefs defeated the Lady Falcons 107-39 in the first-round matchup Thursday night at the Chieftain Pit.

Shiprock's depth and pace of play were too much for Shiprock Northwest to handle.

"We were moving up and down the floor faster, and they just couldn't keep up," said Shiprock head coach Larenson Henderson. "We have 10 to 12 good players and just burned them out. They kept playing though so you have to give them credit."

Henderson used this game as a chance to get his bench players some more playing time.

"We're still trying to get the second-string players in sync," he said. "We want them to get up and down the floor more and play with more confidence."

Taylor Henderson led the Lady Chiefs (2-1) with 22 points. Shania Harry added 15 points and Geovonia Harry contributed 13 more.

Shiprock will play Ignacio, Colo., today for a spot in the title game after Ignacio defeated Aztec in its first round game.

"They are aggressive and have a couple of quick girls, but I think our defense can stay with them and force turnovers," Larenson Henderson said of Ignacio.

Farmington 41, Whitehorse 39

The Lady Scorps won their first game of the season with a first-round victory against the Lady Raiders at the Lady Chiefs Invitational.

"Everybody played really well," said FHS head coach Michael Switch. "It was a team effort."

Farmington (1-1) was led by senior Marisa Kakos with nine points.


Tishena Yazzie scored eight points, and Mia Yazzie added seven for the Lady Scorps.

Farmington will play today in the second round against the Shiprock junior varsity.

Clovis 61, Kirtland Central 16

The Lady Broncos opened the the Gallup Invite with a blowout loss to Clovis.

Kirtland had trouble getting any offense going against last year's 5A semifinalist.

"They're just a better team. They manhandled us, and we couldn't score against their defense," said Lady Broncos' head coach Kevin Holman. "We knew they were good, but we've got to get better every day."

Holman said he is trying to keep the girls' spirits up after struggling to start the year.

"They are down. We have to figure out something as coaches to get some better shots," he said. "We're trying to keep the girls upbeat, but when you get beat that bad, you feel whipped."

Kirtland (2-4) will play today against St. Pius X in a consolation game in Gallup.

"They are a decent 4A team, and hopefully we'll go out and compete," Holman said.

Cuba 52, Bloomfield 49

The Lady Bobcats lost a close game to the Lady Rams on Thursday night in Bloomfield.

"It was pretty tight the whole game," said Bloomfield head coach Dan Larabee. "They got up about eight points in the first quarter, but we came back to go up one at the half. They had a one-point lead going into the fourth quarter, and we just came up short. We had too many turnovers. If we clean that up, we'd win that game."

Haili Bekes led the Lady Bobcats (0-4) with 17 points.

Bloomfield will be at home today against Crownpoint.

Piedra Vista 46, Bayfield, Colo. 41

The Lady Panthers picked up a close victory at home over the Lady Wolverines.

"We were able to hit some free throws and protect the ball in key spots," said PV head coach Mike Christie. "It's still a learning process for us, because we haven't been in these close-game situations much. We were able to have success tonight."

Kelseigh Simpson led the Lady Panthers with 16 points, and Kaleigh Graham recorded a double-double for PV with 15 points and 18 rebounds.

The Lady Panthers next game will be Saturday on the road against Pojoaque.

Boys Basketball

Kirtland Central 51, Bloomfield 43

The Broncos defeated the Bobcats for the second time this season.

Despite the win, Kirtland head coach John Zecca wasn't satisfied with his team's performance.

"I wasn't happy with our effort, consistently," Zecca said. "They need to pick it up and start playing more consistently. I told them that if they want to get to The Pit then things need to change."

Bloomfield head coach Devon Manning saw dramatic improvement in his team compared to the first time these two teams squared off on Nov 30.

"We progressed big time tonight. This is the most proud of them that I have been," Manning said. "We set some challenges for the kids, and tonight, they met most of them. There were a lot of times in the second half where they could have folded up, but they kept fighting until the final whistle."

Christian Mackey led Kirtland (3-3) with 14 points and nine rebounds in the win.

The Broncos will play next against San Juan in Blanding, Utah.

The Bobcats (1-4) next game will be Tuesday against Navajo Prep.