CARLSBAD — With his team down 18-13, Clovis coach Jeff Reed tore into his squad at halftime.
The Lady Wildcats responded with a 42-point second half en route to a 55-30 win Tuesday over Carlsbad that clinched the District 4-5A regular-season title for the Lady Wildcats.
Ashlee Pierson scored 19 points and Antiesha Brown added 15 for Clovis (20-4, 3-0), which is ranked sixth in Class 5A.
Taylor Edmondson led Carlsbad (14-12, 1-3) with nine points.
Reed said his team wasn’t ready to play early.
“I told them we can’t just come out and play like we did and expect to beat teams,” Reed said. “We thought we could step off the bus and just do what we wanted to do.
“We’ve got play better. We played well in spurts in the second half but we’ve got to put a whole game together if we’re going to expect to make a run at a state title.”
Clovis trailed 18-9 before grabbing a little momentum with a 4-0 run to close out the first half.
Reed said the Lady Wildcats didn’t respond well in the first half to a Carlsbad defense that packed defenders in the paint. Foul trouble also contributed to the Lady Wildcats’ struggles as Brown and Delaney Ware each picked up two early fouls and were regulated to the bench for the rest of the half.
Clovis outscored Carlsbad 15-2 in the third quarter to take 28-20 lead and poured it in the final eight minutes.
“In the second half we played like we should,” Reed said. “Then in the fourth quarter our press started to wear them down.”
Pierson and Brown combined for 34 points in the second half.