FARMINGTON — The Kirtland Central girls basketball team put together a solid offensive performance to advance to the District 1-4A tournament final.
The Lady Broncos had four players score in double digits as they defeated Farmington High 62-48 on Thursday night at Scorpion Gym.
"We've just let them know that everybody is there to score," KCHS coach Rochelle Curry said.
FHS (13-14) opened the game on a 9-2 run, but KCHS took over from there, taking a 29-20 lead into halftime.
The KCHS defense forced 11 Lady Scorps turnovers in the first half, while the Lady Bronco offense ran as efficiently as it has all season, turning it over just twice in the opening two quarters.
"They played in a zone, so we just wanted to see where the openings were," Curry said. "The kids are playing good ball."
Deiondra Smith led the Lady Broncos (9-18) with a team-high 15 points. Smith was joined in double figures by Megan Silversmith (14), Krystal Sheka (11) and Keeshawna Ockerman (10).
Tanisha Beetso scored 17 points in the loss for FHS, but she was the only Lady Scorpion in double digits as the rest of the FHS squad struggled with its shots.
"I think they played pretty good defense," FHS head coach Danny Secrest said of Kirtland. "They read us a little better than normal. They did a good job and were prepared to play."
The Lady Broncos will continue the season in the tournament final on Saturday against Piedra Vista in Farmington. A KCHS victory will give the Lady Broncos an automatic bid into the 4A state tournament.
"We're not really looking at that," Curry said of going to the state tournament. "We're just looking at that next game. The kids are working hard."
FHS will have to wait until Sunday when the state tournament bracket is unveiled to find out if their season will continue.
"It's just kind of wait and see, but I'm hoping we get in," Secrest said.
Navajo Prep 66, Tohatchi 30
The Lady Eagles (21-6) advanced to the District 1-2A tournament title game with a dominant win against Tohatchi (15-11) at the Eagle's Nest.
"We started a little slow and picked it up in the second half," Prep head coach Rainy Crisp said. "We knew Tohatchi had a great team with a few guards that played well."
After the Lady Eagles opened a 22-13 lead in the first half, they held Tohatchi to two points in the third quarter, opening up a 20-point lead in the process.
Jasmine Coleman led Prep with 17 points, and Matheney Wilson chipped in 14 in the win.
The Lady Eagles will host No. 2 seed Ramah in the tournament final.
"Playing Ramah, it seems like it doesn't matter if we have home court or not," Crisp said. "We have to play great defense. We know it's always a good game."Joshua Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4577. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.