By Greg Price and Thomas Garcia
CLOVIS — Clovis Christian has had trouble playing all four quarters throughout the regular season, but Tuesday night the Eagles pushed past their struggles with diligent play, coach Randy McBroom said.
Clovis Christian (14-11, 4-4) survived a late fourth quarter burst by House en route to a 67-55 victory in the District 4-1A tournament and earned the right to play No. 2-seeded San Jon Thursday night.
House kept pace with the Eagles in the first quarter, with strong dribble penetration, but Clovis Christian shifted to a 2-3 zone and forced the Cowboys to live and die by the jumpshot.
“It gets hard when you get up, but the kids go t together and stayed strong,” McBroom said. “They’re a scrappy team, and scrappy teams will always give themselves opportunities.”
Senior Will Genitski led the Eagles with 18 points, 14 in the first half, while freshman Ryan Boatman came off the bench for 15 points.
House senior Lee Griggs scorched the net for 28 points, and junior Ronnie Eldridge added 10 points, including two 3-pointers.
The Eagles pulled away in the second quarter as Genitski outscored House 8-1 in the first four minutes of the period for a 27-16 lead.
Clovis Christian stretched its lead to 55-34 with under five minutes remaining in the contest, but the Cowboys (8-17, 2-8) slowly chipped it away and then exploded with four consecutive treys from Griggs and Eldridge over the final three minutes for a 64-55 deficit.
“We just went to a five-outside offense to get some outside looks,” House coach Wesley Weems said. “It’s probably something we should’ve done earlier.”
Lady Longhorns advance
The Lady Longhorns beat the Mosquero Lady Pirates 35-25 Tuesday night at Logan.
The Lady Longhorns’ next game is at 6 p.m. on Thursday against the Clovis Christian Lady Eagles at Clovis.
The Lady Pirates controlled the game for the first minutes of the first period taking a 5-0 lead with a three pointer and field goal from sophmore Talya Jeffery.
But the Lady Longhorns quickly rebounded and went on to a six-point run and once they had the lead they did not look back. They kept their opponents to only four points in the third period, with a free throw from the Pirates’ Mary Bost and another 3-pointer from Jeffery, who led Mosquero with 14.
Logan kept the lead the rest of the way. Brittany Cox scored 10 and Delani Hazen added eight.
“The Mosquero girls are a great team to play,” said coach Russell Feerer.”They never quit and will play hard all the way through. We will play Clovis Christan next and we have split wins with them. I have told them that we have to take it one game at a time and not take any game for granted.”
In other action on Tuesday night, the Rattlers boys lost to the Clayton Yellowjackets at Clayton, 65-47.
Clovis Christian 67, House 55
House (8-17, 2-8) — Jonas Moya 2 0-1 4, Lee Griggs 12 2-7 28, Ronnie Eldridge 2 4-6 10, Roy Lee 0 0-0 0, Bobby Lee 0 0-0 0, Chris Woolridge 2 3-4 7, P.J. Romo 0 0-0 0, Herson Corcio 2 1-4 6, Colt Prather 0 0-0 0, Mark Allen 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 10-22 55.
Clovis Christian (14-11, 4-4) — Jonny White 1 0-0 2, Ross Miller 1 2-2 4, Keeson Bell 4 1-1 9, Tyler Shipman 1 1-2 3, Dylan Otero 2 0-0 5, Scott Steeleman 0 0-0 0, Larry Vongsa 2 0-0 4, Ryan Boatman 3 0-0 7, Kyle Boatman 6 1-3 15, Ryan Schaap 0 0-0 0, Travis Ashley 0 0-1 0, Will Genitski 8 1-2 18. Totals 28 6-11 67.
House 15 6 10 24 — 55
C.C. 19 13 16 19 — 67
House, Griggs 2, Eldridge 2, Corcio.
Clovis Christian, Boatman 2, Genitski, R. Boatman, Otero.