After a relatively easy January schedule, almost all of it at home, Clovis High’s girls can now gear up for what coach Jeff Reed thinks will be a fairly competitive District 4-5A schedule.
The Lady Wildcats ran their winning streak to eight games on Saturday night by pummeling overmatched Roswell Goddard 78-26 at Rock Staubus Gym. So one-sided was it that Reed emptied his entire bench well before the end of the first quarter.
Reed acknowledged he’s begun thinking about district play, which begins at home on Friday against Hobbs.
“It was a good win, but we were looking at some things we need to improve on,” Reed said. “It’s hard to work on some things because you’re not being pushed that much.
“It’s fun because everybody gets to play and you win big, but we’ve got to get better every time we step on the court for district play.”
Senior Ashlee Pierson scored 23 points while sophomore guard Niki Cordova added three 3-pointers and 11 points. Both players also had three assists.
“Niki did a good job of stepping up and hitting 3s,” Reed said. “It was a good win, but now all our focus can go towards Hobbs and Carlsbad.”
The Lady Rockets (1-20) played hard but never were able to get anything going. If fact, they had only five field goals — on just 18 shots — and tuned the ball over 39 times, including 28 in the first half.
Goddard did not actually attempt a field goal until sophomore post Abby Blach, who scored 13 of her team’s points and had four of their field goals, was fouled in the act of shooting and made one free throw with 2:03 left in the opening quarter.
By that time, it was 17-1 and Goddard had 15 turnovers.
Midway through the second period, the Lady Rockets were 2-of-2 from the field but trailed 37-8.
The easy win gave Clovis’ bench players plenty of floor time and they contributed a total of 27 points to the cause, led by freshman Carrie Sharp with seven.
“I feel like I’m making progress, just being able to do what they need me to do coming off the bench,” Sharp said, adding that she started the year playing exclusively on the junior varsity but now generally plays only one quarter in the JV tilt.
“It’s good,” she said of moving up. “It makes you work harder. (Originally) I expected to play JV and suit up on the varsity just to see how it goes.”
All told, 11 of the 14 Lady Cats broke into the scoring column. Junior Marivel Garza was the team’s top rebounder with five coming off the bench.
Clovis went just 7-of-18 from the free throw line in the opening half, but improved to 17-of-23 over the final two stanzas.