CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Cats set to face Canyon

CNJ staff

The Clovis High girls have done something few teams have done against Canyon and longtime coach Joe Lombard over the years — post a winning streak.

The Lady Wildcats beat Canyon 48-38 on the road two years ago, then edged the Lady Eagles 49-45 last season at Rock Staubus Gym. They’ll try to make it three in a row tonight when they travel to Canyon for a 5 p.m. (MST) tipoff.

CHS girls coach Miles Watters got a first-hand look at the Lady Eagles, who captured three consecutive Texas Class 3A championships from 2003-05, on Friday at Hobbs. Canyon (19-2) won that game 40-25, surviving a Hobbs stall that resulted in only one point being scored during the entire second period.

Cherilyn McMenamy, a 5-foot-11 senior post who tallied 15 points in the loss here last season, led Canyon with 11 points at Hobbs.

Lombard has won more than 900 games in 29 seasons as a coach, the last 22 with the Lady Eagles.

“They’re a typical Canyon team,” Watters said. “They don’t make many mistakes and they have great shooters.

“I think we may have a little bit of quickness on them, but they play so smooth it’s hard to tell.”

The Lady Cats have been off since losing at Mayfield 59-46 a week ago. They struggled in the first quarter, falling behind 16-6, and were never able to recover.

“We had plenty of good looks,” Watters said of his team’s shooting woes against the Lady Trojans. “We just dug ourselves an early hole.”

He said they’ll have to be ready to bounce back against the Lady Eagles.

“We’re just going to have to bring a lot of energy to the game and see if we can make some good hustle plays,” Watters said. “We look forward to playing this quality of teams. I think it helps us in the long run.”

Watters said losses to Mayfield and Sandia have shown him the Lady Cats can play with some of the better Class 5A teams in New Mexico.

“We’re not that far away,” he said. “We’ve got six or seven weeks to narrow the gap (before postseason play begins).”