Jeff Reed felt like his team put forth an indefensible effort Friday night. Defending Hobbs, however, was never a problem.
The Lady Wildcats forced more than a dozen turnovers in the first half and stopped Hobbs rallies in the second half to collect a 44-33 win at Rock Staubus Gym in Clovis to finish the District 4-5A regular season unbeaten.
Clovis (21-4, 4-0 district) never got into a rhythm offensively, but didn’t need to as Hobbs had just 13 points against 16 turnovers at halftime, then went scoreless for the first five minutes of the fourth quarter after whittling a 13-point Clovis lead to eight after three quarters.
“The second quarter was four points, and seven in the fourth,” Hobbs coach Johnny Casuas said. “That did us in. We were eight down. We got three stops on defense, then came away empty.”
Antiesha Brown, Friday’s only double-figure scorer with 15 points, scored six during an 8-0 Clovis run. By the time Hobbs answered with a Jayde Burnell basket with 3:04 to play, Clovis had a comfortable 42-28 lead.
Clovis never trailed and started the game on a 10-2 run, but 18 turnovers and 16-of-43 shooting kept the game from being comfortable in Reed’s mind.
“We couldn’t handle the ball,” said Reed, who was hoping for a win margin in the 20- to 30-point range. “A lot of it was just us making sloppy plays. We weren’t disciplined on offense.”
Burnell, who got a putback at the buzzer, tied Shailyn Payne for a team-high nine points for Hobbs.
The Eagles host Carlsbad Thursday night to open the 4-5A tournament, with the winner playing Saturday at Clovis.
Whoever they play, Reed is hoping the Lady Wildcats can put forth a better effort.
“We play in spurts where we’re playing to our potential,” he said. “We’re just not consistent with it.”