Clovis High’s basketball teams are on the road for tournament action this weekend, beginning with quarterfinal contests today.
The boys (2-0) face Volcano Vista in a 10:30 a.m. contest in the Capital City Classic at Santa Fe, while the girls (2-2) take on Las Cruces High at 3 p.m. in the Mel Otero Invite, hosted by Rio Rancho High.
Clovis’ boys are coming off a 64-54 win on Tuesday over Plainview at Rock Staubus Gym. They’re hitting the road for the first time.
Wildcats coach J.D. Isler said he doesn’t know a lot about the Hawks, a fourth-year school based in Albuquerque.
“They’re off to a pretty good start,” he said. “This group of kids have been together for a while now. They’re kind of a seasoned team.”
Senior Lathan Lieb scored 27 points in Tuesday’s win over Plainview. Isler said the Cats have played well defensively, but aren’t clicking on all cylinders yet on offense.
“I’m probably more concerned with us getting better each game (than who the opponent is),” he said. “We’re trying to jell on offense, but I like how the kids are playing hard and rebounding well.”
The Cats will face either Valley or Capital, who meet at 4:30 p.m. today, in Friday’s semifinal round. The other side of the bracket has Santa Fe High against Moriarty and Pueblo (Colo.) Central against St. Michael’s.
“I think we’re on the tougher side of the bracket,” Isler said. “Capital’s a good 4A team; they’re always in the state tournament. And Valley was a 5A semifinalist last year.
“But that’s what you’ve got to do — play good people early.”
The Lady Wildcats, coming off a third-place finish in last weekend’s Gallup tournament, hope to do better this weekend, coach Jeff Reed said. Clovis won the tournament last year, beating Manzano 41-35 in the finals.
“It’ll be a tough game,” Reed said of today’s contest. “They lost a lot and we lost a lot (from last year), but they lost in the (Class 5A state) semis to Sandia.
“They’ll play tough; they’ll press and get after us.”
Reed said CHS has a decent chance to get to the finals.
“I was glad to get two wins out of (Gallup), but my expectations go up a little more now,” he said.