Navajo Prep (3-2) used its press defense to create 18 steals on the way to a 46-18 win.
“We worked on defense all day (Monday) in practice because we knew we had two tough games this week — one being Farmington and the other Shiprock,” said Navajo Prep head coach Rainy Crisp. “Our main goal was to come out and play good defense.”
Jasmine Jishie led the Lady Eagles with 11 points.
Earning a win against a 4A school goes a long way toward preparing Navajo Prep for big games down the road, Crisp said.
“Every year we play against tough competition with FHS, Shiprock and Kirtland. It is excellent for us because it prepares us for the state tournament and our tough district,” Crisp said.
Farmington's young guards struggled to handle Prep's press, said Lady Scorps head coach Mike Switch.
“Navajo Prep is very athletic. Our girls played hard, but we are in a growing process and we are still inexperienced,” Switch said. “Their defense took us out of the game. The coach over there does a great job and she has things going with her team.”
Switch said the focus this week in practice will be on learning to beat the press and slowing down to focus on executing.
The Lady Scorps are off until they play Bayfield, Colo., on Dec. 20 in the first round of Farmington's tournament.
Navajo Prep hosts Shiprock on Thursday at
Aztec 52, Cortez, Colo. 22
The Lady Tigers got back to .500 with a dominant win Tuesday night.
Aztec (4-4) beat Cortez, Colo., 52-22 behind Jessica Kresl's game-high 15 points.
“The kids are doing well and making some adjustments at the free-throw line where they had been struggling,” said Aztec head coach Ben Tensay. “We are taking it one day at a time and learning all we can.”
Mikayla Paxton scored 10 more points for Aztec while Morgan Smith score nine.
The Lady Tigers head to Artesia later today where they will begin tournament play Thursday.
Cleveland 52, Piedra Vista 45
Piedra Vista was able to hang with Cleveland after going down 18-5 in the first quarter Tuesday night.
The Lady Panthers (3-5) still fell short of the Storm in a 52-45 contest.
“It was a battle. We are mentally weak from our inexperience, but Cleveland is a tough 5A school who has beaten some good teams,” said PV head coach Mike Christie. “We had a lot of unforced errors tonight. Tonight the girls are in trouble for turning the ball over too much, but tomorrow as we build for the rest of the season it is something we will look back on and build from.”
Kaleigh Graham led PV with 11 points. Precious Frank added another eight.
PV plays again Friday night against Shiprock.
Shiprock 66, Aztec 43
Three players scored in double figures Tuesday as Shiprock recorded another win
The Chieftains (4-1) beat Aztec (2-1) 66-43 behind Patdric Toehe's team-high 18 points. Kevin Aspaas also scored 16 while Darryle Nelson added 12.
“There are some things we can do better, but offensively I think we are doing OK,” said Shiprock head coach Chester H. Atcitty Jr. “Defensively, we could do better. Ultimately our goal is to get better on defense.”
The Chieftains led 32-16 at halftime before cruising to a win in the second half.
Aztec was led by Conner Gaskins' 10 points.
“Shiprock exposed some holes, but sometimes it takes having those mistakes happen on the court to see where you need to get better,” said Aztec head coach Jody Christman.
Shiprock plays again Thursday in the first round of the Farmington High tournament. The Chieftains face Piedra Vista, and are hoping for a chance to play Montwood, Texas in the second round with a win.
“We can't look past PV. It would be exciting to play Montwood. It would be an honor to play against a team from another state since we are all up here in this little area playing the same teams a lot. We just can't afford to look past PV,” Atcitty said. “Blanding, Utah could do well against Montwood, too.”
Bloomfield 59, Navajo Prep 35
Michael Crockett scored 19 points for Bloomfield on Tuesday to power the Bobcats past Navajo Prep.
Bloomfield head coach Devon Manning was unsatisfied with the team's turnovers and free-throw shooting, but he was pleased with the effort the Bobcats (2-4) played with.
“We have a lot to work on, but the effort is good. Our turnovers are way too high and we only shot 3-10 at the line in the fourth quarter, and we can't have that if we want to compete with the good teams.”
Navajo Prep head coach Dustin Moore said the team needs to work on its defense and spacing on the floor.
“We couldn't get the ball in the bucket and had a hard time beating Bloomfield 2-3 zone,” Moore said of the game.
Navajo Prep (0-3) plays at Aztec Friday night.
Bloomfield is off until Dec. 21 when it begins play in its own round-robin tournament