Carlsbad (8-17, 0-1 District 4-5A)
at Clovis (19-2, 1-0)
When: 7 p.m. today
Radio: KCLV-AM 1240, KTQM-FM 99.9
Last time out: Clovis opened its District 4-5A scheduled Saturday with an 80-71 win at Hobbs. Carlsbad dropped a 70-55 decision against Artesia, also on Saturday.
Last meeting: February 2010, Clovis won at home over the Cavemen 73-57.
Common opponents: The Wildcats and Cavemen have each played Goddard, Alamogordo, Onate, Artesia and Hobbs. Carlsbad is 2-6 in those games, while Clovis is 4-1.
Carlsbad players to watch: Clovis coach J.D. Isler said, “It’s kind of hard to tell. We watched film on them, but don’t feel they really have a go-to person. It looks like to me they try to score collectively.”
Coming in: Due to a combination of a light week and weather-related postponements, the Wildcats went 11 days between games when they went to Hobbs. Isler is more comfortable with a four-day gap, and has scheduled Tuesday-Friday games until the playoffs.
“I think 11 days had an effect on us,” Isler said. “I’m glad we’re going to play quick. We need to get back into a groove.”
Health: Sophomore guard D.J. Blackmon was bothered by muscle cramps and had some soreness Monday in practice, but is expected to play. Lincoln Nora’s wrist is pretty close to recovered.
Clovis (16-6, 0-1 District 4-5A) at Carlsbad (16-7, 0-1)
When: 7 p.m. today
Radio: KCLV-FM 99.1
Last time out: In games pushed back from Friday to Saturday because of weather, both suffered one-point losses — Clovis at home to district rival Hobbs 45-44, and Carlsbad at Artesia 42-41.
Last meeting: Feb. 16, 2010, the Lady Wildcats cruised to a 55-30 victory at Carlsbad.
Common opponents: The teams have played seven similar foes, with Clovis going 4-3 in those games while the Cavegirls are 8-5. Carlsbad split against Lovington, took two of three from Artesia and two over Roswell Goddard and has three losses against Roswell High.
Cavegirls to watch: Taylor Edmondson, Sr., F, 5-11; Britni Jo Smith, 5-6, Jr., G; Susan Gomez, 6-2, Sr., P.
On Carlsbad: Although it’s probably been more than a decade since Carlsbad has beaten the Lady Cats, Clovis coach Jeff Reed is concerned. He said Edmondson is the Cavegirls’ key player, averaging between 15 and 20 points, and had 27 points in the loss to Artesia.
“They’re not going to get after us (defensively) like Hobbs did, but they play their matchup zone pretty good,” Reed said. “We’re going to have to take good shots and shoot the ball well against them.
“We know Edmondson is going to score, but we’re going to try to limit her and keep their other players from scoring a lot.”
Of note: Saturday’s loss to Artesia marked only the second time this season that Carlsbad has lost consecutive games.
— Compiled by Kevin Wilson
and Dave Wagner