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Christopher “CJ” Begay (24) of Shiprock soars up for a bucket as Artesia’s Adrian Hall (21) defends. Despite a rallying effort, the Chieftains lost with a score of 57-52 (Photo by Anton Wero/NHO).

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Shiprock falls to Artesia in NM state championships

SHIPROCK, N.M. - The road to the University of New Mexico Pit ended at the Shiprock Pit when the No. 11 seeded Shiprock Chieftains (16-13) hosted the No. 6 ranked Artesia Bulldogs (20-9), during an elimination round of the New Mexico State high school championships. Despite a rallying effort, the Chieftains lost with a final score of 57 -52.