Clovis High girls basketball coach Jeff Reed and his players are going into this weekend’s Gallup tournament with little or no knowledge of the competition.
As far as Reed’s concerned, that’s OK.
The Lady Wildcats face an unknown foe in Window Rock — one of two Arizona teams in the eight-team field — in a 6 p.m. quarterfinal matchup today.
“I don’t know anything about them,” Reed said. “We’re trying to take care of ourselves at this point.”
Winslow, Ariz., and Los Lunas play opposite Clovis and Window Rock. The opposite bracket matches Santa Fe Indian against Kirtland Central and Silver against Gallup.
Clovis won its only outing so far, a 40-32 victory at Portales on Nov. 25. Reed said after watching film, he felt better about his team’s overall performance against the Lady Rams.
“I felt like we could’ve played better against Portales, but after looking at the film it was better than I thought it was,” he said.
In the interim, the Lady Cats have been able to use their practice time to hone different areas of their game. Reed, in his first season at the helm, said it’s much too early to project how the season will go.
“It’s nice to have a chance to be able to fix some things (in practice),” he said. “It’s hard to judge anything off one game.”
After this weekend’s event, the Lady Cats are back in action in the Mel Otero Invite at Rio Rancho Dec. 11-13.
Reed said they’re ready to be tested.
“We need to play games; we’re tired of just practicing,” he said. “Now we’ll be able to play games in bunches, which will help us evaluate everything.
“Our goal is to go 3-0 this weekend and have a (tournament) championship under our belt.”