FARMINGTON — After a tight first quarter, the Los Lunas defense completely locked down Piedra Vista.
The No. 5 Lady Tigers held PV scoreless for 13 minutes, including the entire second quarter, on their way to a 42-26 victory at the Jerry A. Connor Fieldhouse on Saturday.
"We've come into the bad habit of playing three quarters of basketball," PV head coach Joe Reed said. "They don't understand that against good basketball teams, you're going to have to play four quarters. We weren't running the offense and panicked a bit. We need to toughen up. We were soft tonight."
During the Lady Panther drought, the 4A defending champion Los Lunas (10-4) outscored PV 19-0 to open up a 25-7 lead.
"We made a slight adjustment with the press to not let the ball go to the middle (of the court)," Los Lunas head coach Marty Zeller said. "That was a great second quarter. We kept the composure on offense and spread them out."
The Lady Panthers hung tough through the opening quarter trailing 9-7, but the Lady Tigers used a 12-0 run during the second quarter to take a 21-7 lead into the locker room.
PV (11-8) was unable to cut into Los Lunas' lead and trailed by double figures the entire second half.
"They handled the ball well," Reed said. "We went to the press, but we were unable to get stops. We missed a lot of layups and free throws again, and we can't do that against upper echelon teams."
Cera Chavez scored a game-high 15 points in the win and Jordan Holland chipped in nine. All-state forward Teige Zeller battled foul trouble most of the game and finished with five points for Los Lunas.
"They knocked down open jump shots," Reed said of Los Lunas, who finished 5-of-12 from 3-point range in the win. "We weren't going to let Zeller hurt us, but credit to them. They're a good basketball team."
No Lady Panther finished with more than five points in the loss.
"You hold a top team to 42 points, you should win," Reed said. "It comes down to putting the ball in the basket."
PV will host Pojoaque Valley on Tuesday before beginning District 1-4A play at Aztec on Saturday.
"I want to see execution and four quarters of basketball," Reed said. "It's been a long time since we've played offensively for four quarters and defensively for four quarters."
Bloomfield 55, Dulce 28
The Lady Bobcats (4-15) snapped a 10-game losing skid with a blowout of Dulce (8-10).
"It was a great win for us. Dulce had beaten some teams we'd lost to, but we played really well," Bloomfield head coach Tom Adair said.
Shaelyn White scored a game-high 21 points in the Lady Bobcats' victory while Jasmine Sappington chipped in 13.
"All the girls did a good job," Adair said. "It's really good for their confidence to have a game like this. I think this is big to go play together for a full game."
The Lady Bobcats will be on the road Thursday against Cuba before opening District 1-3A play at home against Wingate on Saturday.
Tohatchi 80, Navajo Prep 61
The Lady Eagles (12-4, 5-1 District 1-2A) suffered their first district loss of the season at Tohatchi (9-6, 4-1), snapping their nine-game winning streak in the process.
"They came out on fire and hit some good shots," Navajo Prep head coach Rainy Crisp said. "We didn't play the defense we normally do. Everything they threw up was going in. They outscored us every quarter."
Jasmine Coleman led Prep with 19 points, and Jazmine Benally chipped in 10 more in the loss.
Crisp said the team will have to put the loss behind them as the team continues its district season on Wednesday against Navajo Pine.
"We know we didn't come out as strong as we should, but it's better to have it now than district tournament," Crisp said. "We just have to put this behind us."
St. Pius X 55, Kirtland Central 49 OT
Broncos' forward Christian Mackey scored 27 points, but it wasn't enough for Kirtland Central (13-5) to overcome St. Pius X.
After Mackey hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to push the game into overtime, the Sartans outscored KCHS 8-2 to emerge with a 55-49 win.
"We honestly didn't have the energy to beat a team like St. Pius. We needed to take that game once it went to overtime," KCHS head coach John Zecca said.
Mackey was the lone Bronco in double figures and Zecca said he's still waiting for the rest of the KCHS lineup to play consistently against stronger competition.
"They have to consistently be up for every game," he said. "The sky's the limit for us if we can do that."
After a tight first half in which the Sartans (11-5) took a 24-22 lead, St. Pius came out strong in the third quarter to open up a 37-28 lead before KCHS battled back in the fourth to force overtime.
St. Pius also defeated KCHS earlier in the season 47-45 at the Gallup Invite on Jan. 10.
The Broncos will be in action next against Farmington High on Friday to open up the District 1-4A schedule.
KCHS defeated Farmington High School 53-48 on Dec. 14 at the Marv Sanders Invitational, but Zecca isn't looking too much into that result going into the district opener.
"It's a fresh start," he said.