Roswell High (19-3) at Clovis (19-2)
When: 7 p.m. today at The Rock
Radio: KCLV-AM 1240, KTQM-FM 99.9
Last time out: Clovis has been idle since opening its District 4-5A schedule Friday with an 80-71 win at Hobbs. The back-to-back 4A champion Coyotes won their seventh-straight, beating Artesia 66-61.
Last meeting: February 2010, the Coyotes routed the Cats 72-46 at Roswell.
Switching schedules: The Cats were originally scheduled to play Carlsbad at The Rock on Tuesday, but due to inclement weather the teams will play as part of a varsity doubleheader on Saturday. The teams will then move to Clovis for games on Tuesday.
Clovis coach J.D. Isler didn’t want a back-to-back games, but weather forced the school’s hand.
“We’re running out of days, and you sure don’t want to put yourself in a situation where you’re playing back-to-back district games,” Isler said. “We didn’t have a lot of options.”
Common opponents: The Wildcats and Coyotes have faced Hobbs, Goddard, Artesia and Portales. Clovis is 4-0, while Roswell High is 8-1 with a 57-55 loss to Portales in December.
Roswell High players to watch: “I think they’re not nearly as big as they’ve been the last three years,” Isler said. “They have a really good guard in (senior Deyton) De La Cerda. They run a lot of stuff through him. They’ll set some double screens for him when he’s got the ball. We’ve got to do a decent job on him.”
Roswell High (19-3) at Clovis (16-6)
When: 5:30 p.m. today at The Rock
Radio: KCLV-FM 99.1
Last time out: Both are coming off district losses — Clovis at home on Saturday to Hobbs 45-44 in District 4-5A, and Roswell High at Artesia on Tuesday 53-48 in District 4-4A.
Last meeting: The teams met in the championship game of the Mel Otero Invite at Rio Rancho on Dec. 11, with the Lady Coyotes winning 43-31.
Common opponents: The teams have played eight common opponents, with Clovis going 8-2 (3-0 against Portales, losses to Hobbs and Lovington) and Roswell High 7-2 (split with Hobbs and lost to Artesia).
Lady Coyotes to watch: Shanice Steenholdt, 6-0, Sr., P; Marika Trujillo, 5-11, Jr., F; Natalie Mendoza, 5-3, Sr., PG.
On Roswell High: The Lady Coyotes rode 16 points from Steenholdt to victory in the earlier matchup against the Lady Wildcats. Steenholdt was the tournament’s MVP.
Roswell High held Clovis to just eight first-half points. The Lady Cats got as close as 30-25 late in the third quarter.
“We just need to step up and play good,” CHS girls coach Jeff Reed said. “I always tell the girls, ‘We don’t get revenge, we get redemption.’ We need to redeem ourselves.”
Of note: Before losing their last games, Roswell High had won five in a row and Clovis six in a row. … The Lady Coyotes’ other losses this season were at Onate (50-47) and to Hobbs at home (44-39). … The Lady Coyotes have been ranked No. 1 in Class 4A virtually all season. Clovis is ranked fifth in Class 5A.
— Compiled by Kevin Wilson
and Dave Wagner
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