Lady Cats get a look at 5A competition
Published: Thursday, July 3rd, 2003
LAS CRUCES — In the two-day Las Cruces Mayfield team basketball camp which ended Wednesday, the Clovis High girls basketball team got a pretty good look at some of the competition it will face in Class 5A next season in Class 5A. The Lady Wildcats ended their summer schedule by going 6-2. The lone blemishes were narrow losses to probably 5A powers Sandia and Mayfield. “It was really a great experience for us,” third-year CHS girls coach Miles Watters said. “We got to play some of the best 5A schools in the state. You can’t put a whole lot into summer ball, but we saw kind of what we’ve got. I was just real pleased with how hard the girls played. We’re just trying to build a little chemistry right now.” Senior posts Monique Walker and Jessica Hohn did not make the trip this week. Watters’ squad at Cruces included six sophomores, junior guard Roxanne Luera, senior guard Susan Shelley and junior guard Melissa Roberts, a transfer from Texico. Watters said Clovis managed to beat 5A schools Gallup and Gadsden. He said the Lady Cats led Mayfield most of the way before falling by three points, and added that the Sandia game — a six-point setback — “was back-and-forth all night.” “I think they’re probably two of the best teams in the state,” he said. “It was exciting to know that we can play with them.” Clovis went 8-0 in team camps during June at Roswell and at Texas Tech in Lubbock. The Lady Cats beat Lubbock Estacado in the finals of the latter event, played at Tech’s United Spirit Arena. “It was a great experience for the kids to stay on campus and visit with the Tech players,” Watters said. “They were all presented with signature basketballs for winning the tournament.” Most of the sophomores are back in action this week, preparing for a trip to the AAU 14-and-under nationals beginning next Friday in Clarksville, Tenn. Attempts to reach Clovis players and Mayfield coach George Maya on Thursday night were unsuccessful.
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