Carlsbad (8-19, 0-3 District 4-5A)
at Clovis (21-2, 2-0)
When: 7 p.m. today at The Rock
Radio: KCLV-AM 1240, KTQM-FM 99.9.
Last time out: Tonight’s clash is a rematch from Saturday’s District 4-5A tilt. Clovis took its sixth straight win with a 70-28 rout of the Cavemen.
Impacts: The game means little for next week’s district tournament. The Cavemen have already lost twice to Hobbs and are locked into the No. 3 spot. Friday night’s Hobbs-Clovis tilt will decide who hosts Carlsbad on Feb. 24, and who hosts the district championship on Feb. 26.
If Clovis beats Carlsbad, Hobbs would need to win by at least 10 to claim the No. 1 seed via tiebreaker. If Carlsbad wins, Hobbs would only need to win against the Wildcats to claim the top seed.
For Clovis, a loss to Carlsbad would deal a serious blow to hopes for Class 5A’s No. 1 seed, which coach J.D. Isler feels is within reach.
“We understand a lot of teams have gotten upset,” he said. “We’ve just got to make sure we’re focused every game and finish undefeated. We feel like if we win out (this week), we’re going to have a high seed no matter what happens in the district championship (game).”
A win against the Wildcats would be a big boost to Carlsbad’s slim state tournament hopes. Class 5A has 21 teams and 16 are seeded in the tournament, but Carlsbad is one of only three teams with fewer than 10 victories.
Carlsbad players to watch: Kris Franco and Sammy Porras scored six points each for the Cavemen in Saturday night’s game.
Carlsbad (16-9, 0-3 District 4-5A)
at Clovis (17-7, 1-1)
When: 5:30 p.m. today at The Rock
Radio: KCLV-FM 99.1.
Last time out: The teams met Saturday night in Carlsbad. The Lady Wildcats led by nine points late in the half, fell behind by four early in the final period and rallied to claim a 48-44 win.
Impact: The Cavegirls can only gain the No. 2 seed in next week’s district tournament if they beat Clovis by more than four points and Hobbs beats the Lady Cats in Friday’s regular-season finale at Hobbs. Clovis can win the district with a sweep this week, including a win by two or more points over Hobbs.
Otherwise, Carlsbad will play at the No. 2 seed on Feb. 24 in the district tournament, with the winner playing at the regular-season champion two nights later.
Of note: Junior F Taylor Edmondson, saddled with three fouls before halftime, scored 21 of her game-high 24 points in the final two stanzas for the Cavegirls on Saturday night. … Carlsbad had three more field goals in the game, but Clovis had a 6-2 margin in 3-pointers and hit 16-of-21 free throws to 10-of-20 for the Cavegirls. … Carlsbad is on a season-long four-game losing streak.
— Compiled by Kevin Wilson and Dave Wagner