BUSHLAND, Texas — Clovis High had a battle on its hands Saturday against Class 2A Bushland, but the Wildcats made enough plays down the stretch to get by.
Clovis took the lead during an 18-10 run in the third quarter and fought off the pesky Falcons down the stretch for a 59-56 victory, improving to 7-4 for the season.
Senior post Logan Turnbow scored seven of his team-high 17 points in the fourth quarter, while senior guard Landyn Snipes added a season-best 13 points for the Cats. Junior guard Deven Crockett, not expected to play due to a turf toe injury, filled in with guard Alex Flores in foul trouble at halftime and scored 10 second-half points.
“We tried to hold Deven out, but Alex got four fouls in the first half,” CHS coach J.D. Isler said. “I felt like if we were going to have a chance to win, we were going to have to play Deven some.”
Michael Matthews, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, poured in 26 points for the Falcons (1-3), who lost in the state Class 2A Division II football championship on Dec. 19. The Cats, though, held Matthews scoreless during the third quarter when they were gaining control.
“Landyn Snipes did a great job on him,” Isler said. “We held him scoreless in the third quarter, and that was a big deal.”
The teams went back-and-fourth in the first half, but with Matthews scoring 16 points the Falcons emerged with a 31-28 halftime lead.
Clovis entered the final period with 46-41 advantage and built the margin to eight at one point. Trailing 58-52 with under two minutes left, consecutive baskets allowed the Falcons to pull within two.
Turnbow then hit 1-of-2 frree throws with 25 seconds to go. Matthews had two 3-point tries in the remaining time, but both were off the mark.
“They were hard to defend, and they were big,” Isler said. “Other than Logan (6-foot-8), they were bigger than us.”
Mason Harris also reached double figures for the Falcons, finishing with 13 points.