Clovis Christian junior Jordan Broome makes a move to get around two Fort Sumner defenders in Friday night’s game at the CCS gym. The Foxes defeated the host Eagles 74-51.
In a turnover-filled game, Fort Sumner’s physical dominance earned the Foxes a win.
Fort Sumner survived 27 turnovers, scoring the game’s first six points and never looking back in a 74-51 win over Clovis Christian at the CCS gym.
Senior Cass Dimitroff scored a season-best 17 points and junior Berry Stinnett added 16 for the Foxes (7-5), who dominated the smaller Eagles on the glass and harassed them into 35 turnovers.
Clovis Christian (4-10) was held to just eight field goals in the first three quarters.
“We played a little sloppy, but we got it done,” Dimitroff said. “The last couple of games, we didn’t hustle like we did tonight. We wanted to pick the pace up.”
The Eagles were able to stay within some striking distance for most of the first three quarters, but Fort Sumner pulled away for good early in the fourth.
“They had us on the boards; they’re a football school,” CCS coach Randy McBroom said of the Foxes, two-time Class 1A state football champions. “It was one of those nights. We didn’t take care of it, and we struggled to rebound.”
Six-foot-5 senior Jacob West added 10 points for the Foxes. High scorers for CCS were Keeson Bell with 14, Nick Cody with 11 and Travis Ashley with 10, including a couple of first-half 3-pointers.
With another road trip to Tucumcari on tap tonight, Foxes coach John Wootton was happy to see his team put together a strong defensive effort.
“That’s our whole deal,” Wootton said. “We want to play pressure defense to give us some opportunities for points.”
The Foxes are also looking ahead to a challenging District 3-1A schedule, which features the likes of Elida and Dora.
“We want to get some momentum before district,” he said. “We were ragged at times tonight. We’ll have to cut down our turnovers.”