First-year Clovis High girls coach Jeff Reed doesn’t want to take anybody for granted.
The Lady Wildcats have been on a roll, winning seven of their last eight games capped by Saturday’s 65-50 thumping of Alamogordo at Rock Staubus Gym.
Clovis (11-4) will try to keep it going tonight when the Lady Cats host Portales (8-7) in a 5 p.m. tipoff at The Rock.
The Lady Cats got past Portales 40-32 in the season opener for both teams in late November at Portales. The Class 3A Lady Rams (8-7) have struggled of late, in part because they play up prior to the start of district play — nine of their games have been against Class 4A or 5A competition.
“They’ve had some problems (lately), but they’ve been playing good competition,” Reed said. “Hopefully, we can get off to a good start like we did against Alamo.”
The Lady Rams have scored 50 or more points only twice this season, but also haven’t allowed more than 49 in any game.
Portales struggled in its most recent outing, a 48-27 loss to Roswell High on Thursday.
“That’s probably the only game in my two years here where the wheels just came off,” Lady Rams coach Clay Stout said. “But Roswell had an outstanding game; they shot the ball really well.
“It still comes down to taking care of the basketball, executing on offense and rebounding. All of us at this point are just trying to get better, with (district play) coming up real soon.”
Junior post Antiesha Brown scored a career-high 29 points for the Lady Cats in Saturday’s win. She got into foul trouble, though, in the first meeting against Portales and finished with only seven points.
“W expect to see zone (from Portales), so we’ll have to hit some outside shots,” Reed said. “Portales is always up for us. It doesn’t matter if we’re horrible and they’re horrible or we’re great and they’re great.
“Portales would love nothing more than to beat us.”