Clovis (13-9, 3-0 District 4-5A)
at Hobbs (18-7, 1-2), 7 p.m. today
Radio: KCLV-AM 1240, KRMQ-FM 101.5, KTQM-FM 99.9. Broadcast also available at kclvsports.com (NMAA films webcast).
Last time out: Clovis clinched the 4-5A regular-season title on Tuesday by beating Carlsbad 73-57 at The Rock. Hobbs’ last outing was a week ago when the Eagles were beaten 67-58 at Carlsbad.
Last meeting: Clovis beat the Eagles 74-69 at home on Feb. 5.
Hobbs players to watch: Shelby Reeves, 6-1, Sr., G; Jordan Lee, 6-0, Sr., G.
Of note: Logan Turnbow, the Cats’ 6-foot-8 senior post, was recognized before Tuesday’s game as a McDonald’s High School All-American nominee. … Clovis’ relatively modest overall record is a reflection of the schedule, including games against two strong Phoenix-area teams and several from Texas. “Our record isn’t where we would like it, but I think (come postseason) we’ll be better for it,” Cats interim coach Scott Robinson said. … Their earlier win over Hobbs was the Cats’ third in a row at home against the Eagles. … Despite nothing being on the line district-wise tonight, Robinson doesn’t expect either team to approach tonight’s game differently. “We need to keep winning games to help our seeding (for state),” he said. “I don’t think anything’s going to change for either us or Hobbs.” … The Eagles have gone 7-7 since an 11-0 start. Their first six games were against Texas competition.
Hobbs (14-9, 1-2 District 4-5A)
at Clovis (20-4, 3-0), 7 p.m. today
Radio: KCLV-FM 99.1. Broadcast also available at kclvsports.com (Clovis webcast).
Last time out: The Lady Cats clinched the district title with a 55-30 win at Carlsbad, outscoring the Cavegirls 42-12 in the second half to obliterate a five-point deficit. The Lady Eagles beat Carlsbad at home 43-31 last Friday.
Last meeting: Clovis won at Hobbs 48-33 on Feb. 5.
Hobbs players to watch: Jayde Burrell, 5-10, Sr., P; Summer Patterson, 5-7, Jr., G.
Of note: CHS senior P Antiesha Brown is to be recognized before tonight’s game as a McDonald’s High School All-American nominee, and for breaking the school’s career scoring record last week previously held by Brittany Blackmon. … CHS coach Jeff Reed said he expects a typical Clovis-Hobbs game tonight. “It’s big because it’s Hobbs, first of all,” he said. “Second, we’re playing for a chance to go undefeated in district, and we want to guarantee that first-round (state) home game.” … Burrell and Patterson combined for all but five of Hobbs’ points (14 each) in the earlier meeting. Brown carried the Lady Cats with 32 points, her fourth game over 30 this season. … Hobbs has been an up-and-down team. The Lady Eagles have lost six of their last nine, but their signature win was a 49-47 verdict over Class 5A top-ranked Eldorado (24-1) in a holiday tournament at Las Cruces.
— Compiled by Dave Wagner