CARLSBAD — Clovis High’s girls expected a tough time from Carlsbad Saturday night. They were just happy to get away with a win.
Sophomore guard Niki Cordova scored 11 of her career-best 19 points in the final quarter, and the Lady Wildcats overcame a four-point deficit early in the period to post a 48-44 District 4-5A victory over the Cavegirls.
Clovis (17-7, 1-1 district) snapped a two-game losing streak, outscoring Carlsbad 18-10 down the stretch after the Cavegirls (16-9, 0-3) took a 34-30 lead early in the final period.
The teams meet again on Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gym.
The 5-foot-4 Cordova hit a go-ahead 3-pointer for a 35-34 lead early in the period. She went 8-of-9 from the free throw line, including 6-of-7 in the final stanza.
“She had a heck of a game,” Lady Cats coach Jeff Reed said. “If she does (something like) that every night and we can get somebody else to step up with here, we can have a heck of a ballclub.”
Junior post Paige Gardner added 12 points for the Lady Cats, including 4-of-4 from the foul line. Clovis shot 16-of-21 at the line for the game, compared to 10-of-20 for Carlsbad.
Junior forward Taylor Edmondson scored a game-high 24 points for the Cavegirls.
“I told the girls, ‘We’ll take this win and get out of her,’” Reed said. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to regroup and get focused again on Carlsbad.”
Clovis opened an eight-point halftime lead, but the Cavegirls pulled ahead 28-27 late in the third period. Senior Ashlee Pierson’s free throw made it 28-28 after three.
“We had a chance early to put them away, but we missed a ton of easy shots,” Reed said.
Junior Kirsti Shough’s third 3-pointer of the night midway through the final period gave the Lady Cats a 40-36 lead, and they were able to seal it with free throws.
Clovis can lock up second place in the district with a win on Tuesday. The Lady Cats finish the regular season at district-leading Hobbs on Friday night.