Piedra Vista’s Sterlin Begaye (23) drives past Kirtland Central’s defense for the basket on Friday at Piedra Vista High School in Farmington.
Piedra Vista's Sterlin Begaye (23) drives past Kirtland Central's defense for the basket on Friday at Piedra Vista High School in Farmington. (Jon Austria — The Daily Times)

RIO RANCHO — Kirtland Central's defense came up big on the road to secure the top seed for the District 1-4A tournament.

The Broncos knocked off Piedra Vista 41-37 on Friday night in Farmington.

KCHS (18-6, 5-1 District 1-4A) needed a strong defensive effort to make up for a poor performance from the free-throw line, where the Broncos hit just 9-of-30 attempts.

"We were horrendous from the free-throw line, but we still pulled out a win somehow," KCHS head coach John Zecca said. "Our defense is what I have to give credit to."

PV (14-11, 3-3) had its own offensive troubles throughout the game.

"I'd say we shot about 20 percent," PV head coach Adam Huff said. "Nothing was going down."

Christian Mackey and Reese Foutz led KCHS with 12 points.

Troy Dixon scored seven to lead the Panthers.

On Monday, PV will host Aztec in the first round of the district tournament. KCHS is off until Friday when it will host the championship game.

Farmington 40, Aztec 31

The Scorpions earned an important road win at Aztec to earn a bye in the district tournament.

FHS (14-12, 4-2 District 1-4A) jumped out to a 16-6 lead in the first quarter and led the rest of the way.

"It's a good feeling. We started at 1-8 this year and battled back to this point," FHS head coach Paul Corley said. "I'm so proud of these guys."

Max Piñon led the Scorps with 12 points, and Alex Whiteley added 10.

The Scorps host the winner of the first-round game between Aztec (8-17, 0-6) and PV on Wednesday.

Shiprock 46, Wingate 42

Shiprock (17-9, 5-1 District 1-3A) defeated the Bears (15-10, 5-1) at home on Friday to set up rematch for the right to host the District 1-3A tournament title game.

With both teams finishing the district season at 5-1, they'll meet again Monday at Kirtland Central High School and the winner will earn the right to host the title game on Friday.

The loser will host either Thoreau or Bloomfield on Wednesday.

Thoreau 56, Bloomfield 53

Bloomfield (4-21, 0-6 District 1-3A) had its losing streak pushed to nine games as they fell to the Hawks (15-8, 2-4) on the road.

Malachi Pablo led the Bobcats with 20 points and Tyler Barker added 12 in the loss.

The two teams will meet again Monday in the first round of the District 1-3A tournament with the winner traveling to either Wingate or Shiprock.

"We've got to take it one game at a time from here on out," Bloomfield head coach Devon Manning said. "If we want any chance at state, we have to make noise in the district tournament."

Joshua Perry can be reached at jperry@daily-times.com; 505-564-4577. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.