FARMINGTON  Navajo Prep opened the District 1-2A schedule by beating the defending state champions on Wednesday.

The Navajo Prep Lady Eagles (8-5) went on the road and earned a 54-41 win at Navajo Pine (4-6).

"It was a tough game. Coming in against the state champs in the first game of district, we wanted to start strong. Pine was ready to play and came out aggressive," said Navajo Prep head coach Rainy Crisp. "I know it will be another good matchup when they come to our house. Starting off district with this win will increase our confidence."

Jasmine Coleman led the Lady Eagles with 16 points and seven steals. Mathaney Wilson scored 10 more points for Prep while taking six steals.

"It was a close game, and we were only up by two points. We finally pulled away a bit in the third quarter," Crisp said. "We pressed and created easy points off steals."

Navajo Prep shot just 10-for-24 from the free-throw line in the game.

"It was a very bad free-throw night, and we missed a lot of box outs. I think after the win in overtime against Farmington on Tuesday night, we were a bit sluggish in this game," Crisp said.

Prep is back in action at Santa Fe Indian School on Friday night.