Clovis Christian is still in the hunt for a District 4-1A boys title.
Senior guard Jordan Broome scored a personal-best 23 points Thursday night and the Eagles bounced back from their first district loss with a 62-53 win over Grady at the CCS gym.
CCS (7-13, 5-1 district) stayed on the heels of district leader Logan after losing Saturday night at Logan.
“We’ve still got every opportunity,” CCS coach Randy McBroom said of the district race. “If we can take care of business, we’ll be right where we need to be.
“Jordan played real well tonight, both offensively and defensively.”
Broome funneled in 16 first-half points to stake the Eagles to a 37-22 halftime lead. The Bronchos (9-12, 2-4), with only seven players in uniform, trailed by 16 early in the third quarter and again by 15 late in the period before closing to 53-51 with four minutes left.
But they scored only two points the rest of the way, going 0-for-4 from the foul line down the stretch.
“Foul trouble hurt, we had some crucial turnovers that hurt, we missed some big shots late and we couldn’t make our free throws,” Grady coach Jim Kneipp said. “But we came back and fought, and I couldn’t be any more proud. They laid it on the line.”
Senior post Nick Cody added 13 points for the Eagles, who host Logan in the regular-season finale on Feb. 19.
Senior forward Tanner Allen led Grady with 14 points. Senior forward Alex Sotelo and sophomore post Dustan Provencio added 12 apiece.
Grady girls 46, Clovis Christian 41 — The Lady Bronchos all but clinched the District 4-1A title, holding off CCS late for a two-game lead plus the tie-breaker over the Lady Eagles with four to play.
“We really didn’t do what we wanted to do on defense, but it’s a win,” Grady coach Alicia Rush said. “We turned the ball over (too much) and they made some shots, but we got some momentum in the fourth quarter. It was just a good team effort.”
Grady (12-9, 6-0) opened a 41-32 lead midway through the final period before CCS pulled to 43-41. The Lady Bronchos made three free throws in the final minute to seal it.
Mandy Rush led Grady with 15 points, including two 3-pointers, while senior post Jennifer Schaap led CCS (13-8, 4-2) with 22.
“We got outplayed,” CCS coach Max Kralicek said. “Grady gave us a chance to come back at the end of the game, but we just didn’t cash in.”
Clovis Christian 62, Grady 53
Grady 16 6 19 12 — 53
CCS 24 13 13 12 — 62
Leading scorers — Grady, Tanner Allen 14, Dustan Provencio 12, Alex Sotelo 12, Jarod Allen 9. Clovis Christian, Jordan Broome 23, Nick Cody 13, Ross Miller 9, Bret Burrus 8. 3-pointers — Grady, J. Allen 3. Clovis Christian, Broome 3, Burus 2, Miller.
Records — Grady 8-12 (2-4), Clovis Christian (7-13, 5-1).
Preliminary game — Clovis Christian JV 72, Portales ‘C’ 56.
Grady 46, Clovis Christian 41
Grady 11 11 13 11 — 46
CCS 11 11 6 13 — 41
Leading scorers — Grady, Mandy Rush 15, Skylar Starbuck 8. Clovis Christian Jennifer Schaap 22. 3-pointers — Grady, Rush 2. Clovis Christian, Schaap.
Records — Grady 12-9 (6-0), Clovis Christian 13-8 (4-2).