Clovis High girls basketball coach Jeff Reed figured his team might dominate a youthful Albuquerque High squad on Thursday in the Plateau Wireless Holiday Classic at Rock Staubus Gym.
Even he couldn't anticipate what happened.
The Lady Wildcats (9-1), coming off the high of a 52-48 win over Texas Class 4A top-ranked Canyon last Friday, held the overmatched Bulldogs to two first-half points, then shut them out over the final 12 minutes with primarily subs in the game en route to a 77-9 victory.
Sophomore guard Danni Williams scored 20 points — her seventh game of at least 20 this season — while backups Aubree Turner and Kyleigh Guthals each posted career highs with 10 points apiece.
"It was good for us coming off the break to get back in the flow a little bit," said Reed, whose team took three days off before returning to practice on Wednesday. "At least we'll be rested for the next two days."
To say the game was never in doubt would be a colossal understatement.
Sophomore Jada Douglas' short bank shot with just over a minute left in the first quarter was all the Bulldogs (2-4) could manage in the first half. Albuquerque High had its best stretch of basketball early in the third period, only outscored 9-7 through the first four minutes, before CHS ran off an astonishing 32-point run to finish the game.
Turner, who is averaging around five points off the bench and has scored in every game this season, said the Lady Cats weren't about to have a letdown after the Canyon win.
"We just came out ready to play," she said. "Canyon was a big win for us, and we were ready to get another win.
"Our bench came through for us tonight. They were ready to play."
Guthals, whose only scoring this year came on a 3-pointer against Kirtland Central during the Gallup tournament in early December, poured in all of her points in this one over the final 10 minutes.
All told, the CHS bench produced 36 points as 11 of 14 players contributed to the scoring column.
"We need them to be able to get in the flow and do some things for us as we go along," Reed said of his bench players.
Turner admitted she prefers more competitive contests.
"It's fun to have competitiveness (in games)," she said. "Close games make us better, for sure."
The Lady Cats take on Texico (5-3), a 50-23 loser on Thursday to Gallup, in a 6 p.m. matchup today. A win would put them in Saturday's 6 p.m. championship game of the six-team event, probably against either the Lady Bengals (8-1), who suffered their only loss to Clovis in their tourney earlier this month, or Amarillo Caprock (12-7).
Douglas' four points led the Bulldogs, who are slated to play Andrews (Texas) in a 10 a.m. tipoff today.
Plateau Wireless Holiday Classic
Gallup 50, Texico 23
Amarillo Caprock 62, Andrews (Texas) 42
Clovis 77, Albuquerque High 9
Andrews vs. Albuquerque High, 10 a.m.
Caprock vs. Gallup, 2:45 p.m.
Texico vs. Clovis, 6 p.m.
5th place, 10 a.m.
3rd place, 2:45 p.m.
Championship, 6 p.m.
Note: Records will determine final-day matchups. Scores will be used to break ties.