Farmington High opened its tournament with an opening-round loss to Bayfield, Colo., on Thursday night.

The Lady Scorps fell to the Wolverines 52-43.

Despite the loss, head coach Mike Switch was happy with the way his team fought back after trailing by as many as 17 points.

"We make a lot of mistakes and are inexperienced, but we never stop fighting," Switch said. "They have the desire to do well. They want to win, but right now, we're learning. We just need to have consistency for four quarters. There were bright spots, but also there were also times where we didn't box out and made crucial turnovers."

FHS (1-5) was led by Shayna Carlowe with 13 points.

Tishena Yazzie added another 11 points.

The Lady Scorps will continue their round robin tournament today versus Mead, Colo.

Shiprock 61,

Mead, Colo. 46

The Lady Chiefs used a strong second half to pull away from the Lady Mavericks in the first game of Farmington High's Webb-Toyota Invite.

After the game went into halftime tied at 23, Shiprock turned up the defensive pressure to force Mead into mistakes.

"We pressed and forced turnovers," said Lady Chiefs head coach Larenson Henderson. "We were able to get some easy layups and 2-on-1 breaks."

Geovonia Harry scored 19 points to lead Shiprock.

Taylor Henderson added 12 while Ashley John chipped in 10.

Shiprock (7-1) will continue in the round-robin tournament today against Bayfield, Colo.


Other scores: Grants 29, Kirtland Central 18.

Boys Basketball

Kirtland Central 54, Gallup 53

Reese Foutz scored with 15 seconds left in the game to give the Broncos the win over the Bengals.

Gallup had couple of chances in the final seconds to regain the lead but couldn't get a shot to fall.

Kirtland (6-6) dominated the opening half and took a 10-point lead into the lockerroom.

The Bengals rallied in the second half, taking a five-point lead with three minutes left in the game.

"We figured they'd make a run," said Kirtland head coach John Zecca. "They are a good team."

Christian Mackey led the Broncos with 17 points and 15 rebounds.

Bud Willie scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Zecca said free throw shooting played a key roll in his team's win as Kirtland hit 14-of-17 shots from the stripe.

The Broncos will play next at Bernalillo on Saturday.

Piedra Vista 65,

Bayfield, Colo. 39

The Panthers snapped a three-game losing skid with a blowout victory over the Wolverines at home.

"We came out and had better focus tonight, especially in the second half," said. PV head coach Adam Huff.

Ty Jaquez led PV (4-7) with 17 points.

Next up, the Panthers will play Belen in Roswell's tournament on Dec. 27.

"It will be good to have a week off and allow everyone to get healthy," Huff said. "This is a big tournament for us."

San Juan, Utah 66, Aztec 49

The Tigers dug a big hole in the second quarter as the Broncos ran away with the win Thursday night in Blanding, Utah.

Aztec (3-2) was outscored 22-5 in the second quarter thanks in large part to a strong defensive effort from San Juan.

"We just kept turing the ball over against their pressure," said head coach Jody Christman.

Wyatt Schlueter led Aztec with 17 points, and Eli King added another 13 points.

The Tigers will continue their season Dec. 27 against Los Lunas at the Valencia tournament.

"Well get to see where were at against some good 4A schools and get a good warmup before district," Christman said.

Shiprock 78, Bloomfield 39

The Chieftains opened up a 24-2 first- quarter lead and never looked back as they defeated the Bobcats (1-5) in a non-district matchup at the Chieftain Pit.

Even in the blowout, head coach Chester H. Atcitty Jr. is still seeing room for his team to improve.

"We want to keep our focus defense and work on the little things," Atcitty said.

Dominique Todacheenie scored a game-high 20 points for the Chieftains.

"He ran the floor well and scored in transition," Atcitty said. "He just kept getting open."

Justin Begay added 18 points and Hiram Gleason scored 10.

Shiprock (8-2) will play next on Thursday against Navajo Prep at the Chieftain Pit.