The Shiprock girls basketball team saw a familiar foe Saturday night in the Lady Chief Invitational final.

The Lady Chiefs defeated their junior varsity team 61-46 to capture the tournament title.

"That was the first time we've played against each other," said Shiprock head coach Larenson Henderson. "We don't usually have a game like that. When we scrimmage, it's our first five on varsity against our second five."

The Lady Chiefs varsity team had a balanced scoring attack, led by Courtney Steele with 10 points.

Taylor Henderson, Ashley John, Shania Harry and Geovonia Harry each added eight points.

Larenson Henderson said that balanced scoring is something he's looking for as the season progresses.

"One thing we're trying to implement is ball movement," he said. "We're trying to share the ball more and just be a what a team is supposed to be."

Nicole Keesewood led the Lady Chiefs JV team with 12 points and Shjantel Grey scored nine more.

Chiashonya Nelson was named the tourney MVP for the Shiprock varsity team.

John and Taylor Henderson received all-tourney honors for the varsity, while Lacey Howell was named to the all-tourney team for the JV.

The Lady Chiefs (4-1) will be back in action on Thursday at Navajo Prep.

"I'm really excited about where we are at," said Larenson Henderson. "We still got things to work on, but we're only going to get better."

Ignacio, Colo.


38, Farmington 28

The Lady Scorps fell to the Lady Bobcats in the third-place game of the Lady Chief Invite in Shiprock.

"We played well defensively, but just made too many turnovers, and they were able to capitalize," said FHS head coach Michael Switch. "We're very young. It's still a learning process for us. I think we're progressing. We're getting better, and by the end of the year, I think we'll make a lot of progress."

Shayna Carlowe led the Lady Scorps (1-3) with seven points.

Carlowe was named to the all-tournament team for the Lady Scorps.

Next up, Farmington will play at Navajo Prep on Tuesday.

Pojoaque Valley 46, Piedra Vista 44

A bad fourth quarter cost the Lady Panthers a win against the Elkettes on Saturday in Pojoaque.

PV was outscored 14-5 in the final quarter as Pojoaque escaped with the victory.

"We played an excellent first half and scored 19 points in the first quarter. It was by far our best quarter of the season," said PV head coach Mike Christie. "We just had a bad fourth quarter and tightened up as young teams tend to do."

The Lady Panthers (3-4) took a 33-25 lead into halftime, but scored just 11 points in the second half.

Kelseigh Simpson led PV with 17 points, and Jackie Smith tacked on seven more.

The Lady Panthers next contest will be at home against Cleveland on Tuesday.

"It will be tough on us. They are very physical," Christie said. "We'll have to play very smart and keep our turnovers down."

Wingate 51, Kirtland Central 49

The Lady Broncos tough start to the season continued with a close loss to the Lady Bears at the Gallup Invitational.

Trailing by a point, Wingate hit a 3-pointer with about three seconds left in the game to pull out the victory.

"We were up 10 most of the game," said Kirtland head coach Kevin Holman. "They hit some threes to get back in it, and we didn't handle the end of the game very well. With a 1 p.m. tip on a Saturday, our energy might not have been the best. We've got to try to get better and get ready for district. That's what matters most."

Taylor Billey led the Lady Broncos (2-6) with 16 points.

Kirtland will be off for a week before its next game against Window Rock, Ariz., at home.

"We need some practice time and having that time off will be good for the girls," Holman said.

Boys Basketball

Moriarty 58, Piedra Vista 55

The Panthers were unable to dig out of a fourth quarter hole as they fell to the Fighting Pintos in Moriarty.

"We played two good quarters and two below average quarters," PV head coach Adam Huff said. "We were down eight to start the fourth — tied it twice, but never could get over the hump."

Jacob Armijo led the Panthers (2-4) with 14 points and Ty Jaquez chipped in with 13 more.

PV will play next in the Farmington's invitational on Thursday with an opening-round matchup against Shiprock.

San Juan, Utah 60, Kirtland Central 57

The Broncos let a lead slip away late in the game as San Juan defeated them in Blanding, Utah.

"The effort was good," said Kirtland head coach John Zecca. "We just had some bad mistakes late — a bad foul when the score was tied. We played well and did some good things. They are a tough team with quick guards. Tonight, we took a step forward, but it was a small step. We've got to get better.

Christian Mackey was Kirtland's leading scorer with 17.

Bud Willie had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Broncos.

Kirtland (3-4) will play next at the Espanola tournament on Thursday.

Aztec 55, Mancos, Colo. 37

The Tigers opened their season with a second-straight win as they won the Mancos invite against the host Bluejays.

"It's hard to get a feel for where you are at until you start playing against some other competition," said Aztec head coach Jody Christman. "We think we are getting better."

Conner Gaskins led the Tigers (2-0) with 13 points and Jaime Lopez added 10 more.

Aztec will play next against Shiprock on Tuesday.

"I think we got a good feel for how they play," Christman said. "We'll see where we are compared to them."