PV keeps vow to remain unbeaten

Navajo Times | Donovan Quintero

Tiontai Woods, left, drives the ball against a closely guarding Lady Mustang on Saturday in Farmington.


Before meeting the top-seeded team in the state, the Piedra Vista High girls’ basketball team vowed to walk onto their home court unbeaten.

Piedra Vista head coach Joe Reed said that was key for his team to win against West Mesa on Saturday, 68-55, handing the Lady Mustangs their first and only loss this season.

“I told the girls they belong out there with them, to go out there and have fun,” Reed said. “They executed the game plan, did everything we worked on.”

Everything included a strong start to the District 2-5A game.

Piedra Vista made a quick 7-0 start before West Mesa tied the game at 9-9 and again at 11-11.

The two teams went back and fourth before West Mesa had an 18-15 lead in the first quarter.

West Mesa head coach Manny Otero said they did their homework but it only got them so far.

“We knew a lot about them, we prepared for them,” he said. “But this whole week we were off.”

In the second quarter, the Lady Panthers went on a 10-0 run before West Mesa scored.

Piedra Vista’s swarming defense held West Mesa to seven points in the second quarter, and they took a 36-25 lead at halftime.

Reed said his team was a spitting image of West Mesa but the game came down to a few things his team managed to do better, especially early on in the game.

“We’re a tough matchup with West Mesa,” he said. “It comes down to who shoots better. It’s like facing a mirror.”

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About The Author

Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi

Sunnie Clahchischiligi has been the sports writer for the Navajo Times since 2008. She has a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the University of New Mexico. Before joining the Times, she worked at the St. Cloud Times (Minn.), the Albuquerque Journal, the Santa Fe New Mexican, Sports Illustrated Magazine in New York City and the Salt Lake Tribune. She can be reached at sunnie@navajotimes.com or via cell at (505) 686-0769.