Lovington (12-4) at Clovis (14-2)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Rock Staubus Gym
Radio: Last meeting: Clovis beat Lovington 59-43 Nov. 25 in the season-opener for both teams.
Lovington players to watch: Senior P Jesika Jameson is the go-to player inside while senior Gs
Notable: Clovis has won eight-straight games, including Tuesday’s 67-44 win over defending Class 3A champion Portales … Lovington returns four starters from last year’s team that finished second in the state to Portales … Lovington perimeter-oriented and likes to press, according to Clovis coach Miles Watters. He said both teams are much improved since they met in the season opener. Clovis junior G Roxanne Luera was scheduled to have a MRI on her injured knee Thursday. Watters said she is out for at least two weeks.
Quotable: “They’re small and they’re scrappy. I hope they press us the whole game. We did a pretty good job against (the press) last time. It’s good to get as many different looks as possible before district.” — Clovis coach Miles Watters.
Clovis at Alamogordo (8-6)
When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday
Radio: KKYC 102.3 FM
Notable: Fallon Thomas had 18 points, nine rebounds and six steals for the Lady Tigers in Tuesday’s 46-37 loss to El Paso Coronado.
Quotable: “The biggest thing is how we handle a five-hour bus trip and playing on back-to-back nights.” — Watters, adding he didn’t know much about the Lady Tigers.
Clovis (15-2) at Alamogordo (12-4)
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Radio: KICA FM 98.3, KCLV AM 1240
Last Meeting: Clovis beat Alamogordo 76-52 in 2002.
Alamogordo players to watch: High-flying senior G Darren Prentice is averaging 25 points a game and is one of the quickest players in the state. At 6-4, senior P Anthony Leon is the Tigers’ tallest player.
Notable: Prentice, who will shoot from anywhere, set the Alamogordo school record with 48 points earlier this season. The Tigers have won two tournaments this season. … Alamogordo is coming off back-to-back losses to top-ranked Cibola and La Cueva last week in Albuquerque. Hobbs beat Alamo by more than 40 points earlier this month. … Clovis was ranked sixth in this week’s Albuquerque Journal Coaches’ Poll.
Quotable: “We have to learn how to play with the lead. When we get the lead we kind of lose our focus.” — J.D. Isler, after the Wildcats played poorly in the second half their last two games after quick starts, including Tuesday’s 65-44 win over Portales in which Clovis was outscored in the second half.