Clovis claws Lady Rams
Published: Saturday, December 8th, 2007
Clovis’ Antiesha Brown scored 8 of her team-high 13 points in the fourth period, as the Lady Wildcats pulled away from Portales in the final quarter Saturday night at Clovis’ Rock Staubus gymnasium 47-38. Clovis head coach Miles Watters wasn’t pleased with his team’s offensive output, but his Cats did everything else right. “I’m just really proud that we kind of grinded,” Watters said. “We didn’t execute anything but we played hard and made some great defensive plays.” “I was proud of our kids,” first-year Portales head coach Clay Stout said. “They played hard, they never backed off.” The Clovis girls scored the first 8 points to take control, before Portales went on an 8-1 run. Portales junior Tara Johnson scored five of her game-high 17 points in the second quarter, and the Clovis lead was cut to 3 points at the half. 19-16. The Lady Rams took their first lead of the game in the third quarter after a Dallas Russell 3-point play gave Portales a 21-19 advantage. Foul trouble spelled doom for the Portales girls as three starters collected three fouls before the half. “It’s a concern for me,” Stout said. “I just think we have to play smart. That’s what we talked to the girls about a little bit is they have to adjust to the calls.” Clovis took advantage of the Lady Ram’s foul situation, as Brown hit three consecutive shots from the field, to give Clovis a 43-22 lead. The lead changed hands several times, but the Lady Rams couldn’t escape the foul trouble. “(The foul trouble) created some situations where we had some different personel on the floor that had to play positions they weren’t used to, but it’s a learning process. That’s why we play Clovis, to just learn and get better.” Behind Brown’s 13 points, Mariah Sena and Janea Eshleman added 10 points each for Clovis. Portales senior Bethany Self contributed 7 points and Shandi Walker added 5 points. “I thought they got in there and fought and scrapped for rebounds and for the most part we did a pretty good job of blocking out,” Stout said. “The kids competed and I was really proud of them.” The Clovis and Portales girls both travel to the annual Rio Rancho tournament Thursday.
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