Clovis High’s girls should be pretty well rested tonight for the second half of a back-to-back games.
Quickly overwhelming Alamogordo with pressure defense, the Lady Wildcats went 7-for-7 from the field in the first three minutes and crushed the Lady Tigers 81-42 on Friday night at Rock Staubus Gym.
The game wasn’t even that close. Sophomore guard Niki Cordova hit a 35-foot, 3-point shot as time expired to give the Lady Cats (10-5) a 55-23 halftime lead, and most of the remainder of the game was played with a running clock.
Clovis takes on Rio Rancho Cleveland (8-7) at 7 p.m. today at The Rock, a game which Lady Cats coach Jeff Reed assures will be much closer.
Adding to that possibility was a hand injury sustained by junior guard Kirsti Shough in the first half. Shough was to have X-rays this morning to determine whether or not there is a fracture.
Reed said, worst-case scenario, Shough could miss three to four weeks. At the same time, it’s possible she could be back tonight.
Senior Ashlee Pierson and junior post Paige Gardner scored 16 points each for the Lady Cats, and Gardner added 12 rebounds. Meantime, senior guard Khira Loera added 13 points.
“Our goal was to play the way we want to play,” Loera said. “We just wanted to take it to them, get a lead and then be rested for (tonight).”
Playing at a breakneck speed, Clovis shot 59 percent (23-of-39) in the first half, and finished the game at 51 percent on 33-of-65, including 7-of-16 from 3-point range.
“I thought our shooting was great tonight,” Reed said. “The big thing is we need to play with the same intensity (against Cleveland).”
The Lady Tigers (4-13) shot just under 40 percent for the game, but were done in by 23 turnovers — all but one coming in the first three quarters.
Loera said that as fast as they played, the Lady Cats took fairly good care of the ball. They had eight turnovers for the game.
“I think we’ve learned to handle the ball better and not make the mistakes that hurt us against good teams,” she said. “Coach Reed has been on us about that all week.”
Veva Rodriguez scored 14 points for Alamogordo.