Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Farmington High’s girls team remain undefeated after rampage over West Mesa

  • Crownpoint scores a convincing victory over Newcomb at the Battle of District 1-3A
  • The Miyamura High Boys basketball remains undefeated in District 1-4A with a narrow win over Gallup
  • Third-ranked boys basketball team La Cueva have won 10 of their last 11 games after a big win over PV

FARMINGTON — The Farmington Scorpions boys basketball team balanced their district campaign with a hard-fought home win over West Mesa Saturday night.

In District 1-4A competition, the Bloomfield Bobcats and Miyamura Patriots lead the standings after both teams clinched big wins over the weekend.

Meanwhile, the Lady Scorpions remain flawless and win their 18th straight game without a loss by putting the Lady Mustangs on the road.

Here’s a look at a busy Saturday full of prep basketball action.

Boys Basketball

FARMINGTON 47, West Mesa 45

Cody Vassar-Steen led the Farmington High School boys’ basketball team by 12 points and the Scorpions rebounded in District 2-5A competition with a 47-45 win at Scorpion Arena.

Trel Griego and Cayden Yazzie each had eight points for the Scorpions, who overcame some adversity to clinch the win.

“I thought West Mesa passed us and outplayed us,” said head coach Larry Don-Chitty. “I feel like we came out a little bit flat and they really chased us.”

The win improves Farmington’s record to 16-2 (1-1 district) as they recovered from an opening loss of the district season at home to Sandia earlier in the week.

The Scorpions will be out on Tuesday at 7 p.m. when they take on Eldorado (7-9, 1-1).

THE CAVE 74, Piedra Vista 17

The La Cueva Bears wasted little time against Piedra Vista, leading by more than 40 points in the third quarter and improving to 13-2 in the district with a 74-17 win over the Panthers on Saturday at the Jerry A Conner Fieldhouse.

The Bears were led by junior Exodus Ayers and sophomore Daniel Jacobsen, who at 6ft 10in tall had a distinct advantage over his competition.

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Coached by Brian Joyce, La Cueva ranks third overall in New Mexico State and third in Class 5A, according to MaxPreps, behind only Volcano Vista and Las Cruces. Saturday’s win was their fifth straight win and tenth of their last eleven games.

The Panthers (7-11, 0-2 District 2-5A) have lost six of their last seven games and will try to recover when they face West Mesa on Tuesday at 7 p.m. before taking on Sandia on Saturday at 2 p.m visit :30 p.m

KIRTLAND CENTRAL 68, Shiprock 36

The Kirtland Central High School boys’ basketball team went on a two-game losing streak and earned its first District 1-4A win by rolling over Shiprock 68-36 at home on Saturday night.

Led by Satchel Hogue, who had 31 points in the win, the Broncos trailed 15-10 after the first quarter, then surpassed the Chieftains by 58-21 to equal their district record this season 1-1.

“We were slow to get going,” said Kirtland Central head coach Brian Dowdy. “In the second half we came out much more aggressively at both ends of the floor.”

Dante Tso scored 10 points for the Broncos while Elijah Gray scored nine points as Kirtland Central (9-8, 1-1 District) had nine players to score in the win.

The Broncos needed that win after two heavy losses last week, first losing 74-49 to Espanola Valley before losing their district opener to Gallup 84-55.

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“We were a lot more confident in the second half,” said Dowdy. “It was an important win after two bad games in a row.”

The Broncos will take on Miyamura at home on Thursday at 7 p.m. while Shiprock (4-13) has lost eight straight and will take on Aztec at home on Thursday.

MIYAMURA 62, Gallup 60

The Miyamura High School boys’ basketball team has gone up 2-0 in District 1-4A after a 62-60 win over Gallup at Miyamura High School.

The Patriots (7-10 overall), who opened their district campaign earlier in the week with an away win over Aztec, will visit Kirtland Central Thursday night.

The Bengals (5-10 overall and 1-1 district) will host Bloomfield on Thursday at 7 p.m. before welcoming Shiprock on Saturday at 7 p.m

BLOOMFIELD 77, Aztec 43

The Bloomfield High School boys’ basketball team opened their District 1-4A season with a big win at home, beating Aztec 77-43, improving their district record to 2-0 and flattening their overall record to 9-9.

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The Bobcats opened the Tigers early and led the Tigers 42-21 at the half as they won for the third time in their last four games.

Bloomfield and Miyamura top the district standings. These two teams will face off at Miyamura High School on Saturday, with the Bobcats opening on the street for the first time Thursday at 7 p.m. when they visit Gallup.

Aztec (4-14 overall, 0-2 district) has lost four in a row and will look to get back in the Victory Column with a road trip to Shiprock on Thursday at 7pm

KRONSPUNKT 74, Newcomb 50

The Crownpoint High School boys’ basketball team kept up with the leaders in District 1-3A after beating Newcomb 74-50 at home on Saturday.

The Eagles (10-6 overall, 2-1 district) snagged Newcomb’s six-game winning streak while maintaining a one-game lead over the Skyhawks overall.

Crownpoint is gearing up for a busy week starting Monday night when they host Wingate. The Eagles will be back at home against Navajo Prep on Wednesday before taking on Thoreau on Thursday night.

Newcomb (11-7, 3-1) will be home Tuesday night to face Zuni before a road trip against Navajo Prep on Thursday.

Girls Basketball

FARMINGTON 80, West Mesa 41

Four players on the Farmington High School girls’ basketball team scored in double digits as they bowled down the street at West Mesa High School to an 80-41 victory.

The win perfectly holds Farmington’s record this season after winning 18 straight games, including two wins in Districts 2-5A. The Lady Scorpions and Volcano Vista are the only teams undefeated in Class 5A.

Farmington Girls Basketball Junior Kamalani Anitielu (3) trumps sophomore Keira Beall-Gleason of Kirtland Central for a rebound during their basketball game Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at the Scorpion Arena at Farmington High School.

Kapiolani Anitielu and Audrey Henderson each scored 16 points to lead Farmington, while Kamalani Anitielu scored 15 points and Tatum Thomas 13 points.

The Lady Scorpions will be home at 7pm on Tuesday to take on Eldorado.

THE CAVE 60, Piedra Vista 31

The La Cueva High School girls’ basketball team wasted little time breaking away from Piedra Vista on their way to a 60-31 home win.

Led by sophomore Eva Love and elder Rylie Ottoman, the Lady Bears held a 37-16 lead at halftime and drove to victory by earning their fourth straight win and seventh in their last eight games.

La Cueva is improving on the season to 12-4 (2-0 District 2-5A) while Piedra Vista (13-5) has lost both games to open the district campaign but will try to pick up at home against on Tuesday to recover West Mesa.

Steve Bortstein can be reached by email at [email protected], on Twitter @DTSBortstein, or by phone at (505) 635-2680.

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