MORIARTY — The rebuilding Clovis High girls basketball team got its season off on the right foot Tuesday night.
Senior guard Tori Northcutt hit a tie-breaking 3-pointer with about 1:15 left, and added a driving layup to help the Lady Wildcats seal a 53-49 win over Moriarty.
Northcutt posted a career-best 20 points for Clovis, and junior guard Ebony Bunton added 14. Northcutt played all 32 minutes, CHS girls coach Miles Watters said, while Bunton sat out less than two minutes.
They are the only returning starters from a year ago.
“Tori and Ebony really stepped up and provided leadership and some scoring punch when we needed it,” said Watters, who is having to replace five seniors off a team which went 57-3 over the past two years.
The game seesawed most of the way. Clovis opened a seven-point lead midway through the final period, but the Lady Pintos (0-1) tied it on a 3-pointer by Jackie Bailey with about 1 1/2 minutes left.
Northcutt gave the Lady Cats the lead for good on the next trip, then boosted the margin to five points with her layup.
“Those were two good teams playing,” Watters said. “It was a great first game for us. The execution wasn’t great, but I was pleased with the effort.
“We just kind of bowed up and did what we had to do to win.”
The Lady Cats won the game, in part, by sinking 13-of-19 free throws to 9-of-24 for Moriarty. Sophomore guard Kristin Valencia led the Lady Pintos with 15 points.