HOBBS — Clovis High’s girls came up just a whisker short again on Friday night.
Senior Ashlee Pierson’s driving left-handed layup came up short as time expired and the Lady Wildcats dropped a 49-47 District 4-5A decision to Hobbs in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Clovis (18-8, 2-2 district) will be the No. 2 seed in the district tournament and host Carlsbad (16-10) at 7 p.m. Thursday. The winner of that game plays at second-ranked Hobbs (19-7, 4-0) at 7 p.m. Saturday.
A rough third quarter did in the Lady Cats, who are ranked fifth in Class 5A.
With Clovis leading 24-20, Pierson picked up her third foul with under a minute left in the half and sat out the entire third quarter. Hobbs outscored the Lady Cats 15-6 in the period to take a 37-30 lead.
“That’s when they made their run,” Clovis coach Jeff Reed said. “We brought Ashlee back in the fourth quarter, and that’s when we made our run.”
Pierson was fouled under the basket with nine seconds left and Clovis trailing 48-46. She made the first shot but missed the second, and Hobbs’ Mackenzie Latimer converted the second of two shots with five seconds to go.
Clovis inbounded to midcourt, got a timeout and set up a play for Pierson trying to force overtime.
The Lady Cats lost to Hobbs 45-44 at Rock Staubus Gym on Feb. 4.
“We’ve got to keep the girls focused and take care of Carlsbad, to get back here next Saturday,” Reed said. “We had a chance to win both games (against Hobbs), so we know we can do it.”
Senior Shalyn Payne finished with 11 points for the Lady Eagles. Pierson took game honors with 13 points for the Lady Cats.