Carlsbad (12-11, 0-1)
at Clovis (13-9, 0-1)
What: District 4-5A game
When: 7 p.m. today at Rock Staubus Gym
Radio: KCLV-AM 1240, KICA-FM 98.3.
Last meeting: Clovis beat Carlsbad 93-45 last February at Rock Staubus Gym.
Carlsbad players to watch: Robbey Arrington, 5-10, Jr., PG; Chris Cerny 6-5, Jr., F.
Notes: Wildcats coach J.D. Isler will be back on the sideline after sitting out a one-game suspension in Friday’s 84-62 loss at Hobbs following an ejection from a game at Lubbock Trinity Christian three nights earlier. … Isler, in his eighth season as the Cats’ coach, has never lost to the Cavemen (19-0). … Carlsbad, enjoying its best season in some time, is coming off a 62-51 win on Friday at Artesia, ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, to take the season series from the Bulldogs 2-1. “They’re going to be coming in on kind of a mental high,” Isler said. “I told our players, ‘We have to put the Hobbs game behind us.’” … Isler scouted the Cavemen on Friday, and said he was impressed by how hard they played and how well they played together.
Quotable: “We still have an opportunity to finish strong. We have to take everything one game at a time.” — Isler, on trying to get back on track after the loss at Hobbs.
Clovis (18-4, 1-0)
at Carlsbad (12-11, 0-1)
What: District 4-5A game
When: 7 p.m. today
Radio: KCLV-FM 99.1.
Last meeting: Clovis beat Carlsbad 52-29 last February at Carlsbad.
Carlsbad players to watch: Jordan Neatherlin, 6-0, Sr., F; Vianca Villegas, 5-10, Sr., F; Tabree Welch, 5-9, Jr., G.
Notes: The Cavegirls don’t normally have a winning record at this point in the season, but they are struggling. Friday’s 46-42 loss at Artesia was their fifth consecutive setback. … The Cavegirls had only one true road game through the end of December, but since beating Lovington at home on Jan. 3, they’ve played eight of 10 away from home (3-7). … The Lady Wildcats have won nine in a row and 14 of their last 15. … Clovis coach Jeff Reed noted that among Carlsbad’s losses at home was a 46-42 decision to Class 5A No. 1 Rio Rancho. … Reed, who said the Lady Cats lost in overtime to Carlsbad during a summer game, expects a contrast of styles — his squad’s up-tempo, pressure approach against the Cavegirls’ halfcourt style. “We just have to take them out of their game and not let them post us up all night,” he said.
Quotable: “Carlsbad gives us some matchup problems. It’s going to be a tough, tough game at Carlsbad.” — Reed.
— Compiled by Dave Wagner
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