Amarillo High (15-5) at Clovis (10-1)
7 p.m. today, Rock Staubus Gym
Coaches: Amarillo High, Jason Pillion, fifth season, 56-64. Clovis, J.D. Isler, 10th season, 193-68.
Radio: KCLV-AM 1240, KTQM-FM 99.9.
Last time out: The Sandies defeated Odessa High 61-49 on Dec. 28 to win the championship of a tournament at Aledo, Texas. Clovis won its Southwest Dairy Farmers Classic at The Rock on Thursday with a 58-43 win over Amarillo Tascosa.
Last meeting: January 2008. Clovis won two games over the Sandies that season, the latter by a 65-47 margin.
Sandies players to watch: Senior post James Castleman leads the Sandies at 14.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Junior guard Luke Gossett averages 2.5 assists per game.
“He spends a lot of time on the left block,” Isler said of Castleman. “If he catches it on the block, there’s nothing you can do. We’ve really got to play preventive defense, not let him catch it.
“(Gossett) makes them go. You just can’t give him very many open looks. ”
Go figure: The Sandies have already matched their win total of 15 from last season.
“They’re a pretty solid team,” Isler said. “They’ve got a good inside, good outside.”
Amarillo High (15-8) at Clovis (8-4)
5:30 p.m. today, Rock Staubus Gym
Coaches: Amarillo High, Jeff Williams. Clovis, Jeff Reed, 3rd season, 56-14.
Radio: KCLV-FM 99.1.
Last time out: The Sandies lost to North Crowley, Texas, 60-51 on Wednesday to finish sixth in a tournament at Mansfield, Texas. CHS beat El Paso Coronado 58-47 to take the title in the Plateau Wireless Classic at The Rock.
Last meeting: December 2006. The Sandies beat the Lady Wildcats 64-36 at Rock Staubus Gym.
Sandies players to watch: Juniors Alexious Dawn and Krista Strange and sophomore Elizabeth McDaniel each scored 11 points in the loss to North Crowley.
Of note: Clovis, which has won three in a row, plays eight of its next 10 games at home through early February. … Amarillo High dropped a 59-58 overtime decision at Hobbs on Dec. 20.
Outlook: Reed is hoping to speed the Sandies up. “I hope we can come out and use the momemtum from our tournament,” he said. “I think the girls are excited about (the possibility of) going on a winning streak and playing at home.”
— Compiled by Kevin Wilson
and Dave Wagner
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