After trailing by 14 at halftime, the Lady Chieftains stormed back to outscore Miyamura 17-6 in the third quarter to get back into the game. The two teams were tied at 55 at the end of regulation, and Shiprock outscored the Patriots 10-3 in the overtime period to take a 65-58 win against the No. 8-ranked team in 4A.
"The fans were great tonight. The fun thing I love about Shiprock is the support we have from the fans, and they were so loud tonight. It was awesome," said Shiprock head coach Larenson Henderson. "The girls love that atmosphere and respond to it."
Shiprock scored just seven points in the first quarter and went just 4-of-17 at the free-throw line in the game, but the Lady Chiefs found a way to get it done.
"We started off terrible. Everything went bad from the start," Henderson said. "Again, our perseverance came through. The girls battled through it and got the win."
Henderson credited the team's defense for forcing turnovers that led to easy layups.
"Our defense is our key right now," he said.
Ashley John led Shiprock with 25 points. Shania Harry had 15 more, and Courtney Stelle contributed 13 in the win.
"Our girls read each other well. They hustle and play well together," Henderson said. "Our hustle points are where we are getting everything."
Henderson is confident in his team at this point in the season. He expects the team to only continue improving through the district season as it builds for a state tournament run.
"We can shoot from outside and drive the land. We are versatile," he said. "We are also tough."
Shiprock is off until Wednesday when it faces Tuba City, Ariz.
Navajo Pine 37, Navajo Prep 36
Navajo Prep and Navajo Pine games have a tendency to come down to the last few possessions, and Friday's game was no difference.
Prep battled to a 54-52 win on Dec. 28 this year, but Pine got revenge Friday with a 37-36 home win.
Navajo Prep tied the game at 36 with 15 seconds to play.
But Pine's star guard Demetria Clichee took the ball down the floor and drew a foul with just 2.2 seconds remaining to go to the free-throw line.
Clichee hit 1-of-2 free throws to give the Warriors the one-point win.
Danielle Coleman had a stellar night for the Lady Eagles with 16 points, 14 rebounds and seven steals.
Prep dropped to 1-1 in District 1-2A and 6-7 overall with the loss.
Pine is now 8-4 overall and 2-0 in district.
Del Norte 45, Farmington 36
The Lady Scorpions lost what head coach Michael Switch called "another tough game," Friday.
Farmington (3-12) lost to Del Norte 45-36 at home despite improved play across the board, Switch said.
"I was very pleased with the team effort. We played well," he said. "Our point guard, Meeya Yazzie, played well executing the offense."
Marisa Kakos led the Lady Scorps with 15 points in the loss. Shayna Carlowe scored another 10.
"Even though we didn't come out with the win, we showed great effort and we have learned things from our previous games against Bloomfield where we lost close ones."
Farmington plays No. 5 St. Pius X at home today at 2 p.m.
Del Norte 47, Farmington 44
Farmington head coach Paul Corley hoped his team would gain some momentum Friday before a matchup against 4A’s No. 3-ranked team today, but missed opportunities cost his team a win.
The Scorpions (7-10) fell to Del Norte 47-44 Friday night. Farmington had multiple chances to tie the game or take the lead late, but it wasn’t to be.
“We had great opportunities. We were down five with two minutes to go and we got it to two points with a minute to go. We fouled Del Norte three consecutive times and they missed one-and-one free throws,” Corley said. “But we missed two layups and turned it over once. They gave us an opportunity to win, but we didn’t capitalize.”
Friday’s loss was Farmington’s seventh in games decided by six points or less.
“We didn’t make the plays at the end, bottom line. These young men have to step up when they get opportunities at the end of these games,” Corley said. “The young men didn’t make the plays.”
Matt Huffhines scored 17 points despite drawing double teams most of the night, Corley said.
Ethan Graf added another eight.
Farmington will face No. 3 St. Pius X today at noon in Albuquerque.
“We will be refocused. It is not every day you get a chance to play the No. 3 team in the state. We will be fired up and ready to play,” Corley said. “We will take tonight’s loss and continue to learn from it. I do know that these close games will make a difference for us come district time.”