Clovis High senior Jasmine McDonald makes a move past Portales senior Bethany Self during Saturday night’s girls matchup at Rock Staubus Gym.
Clovis’ Antiesha Brown scored eight of her team-high 13 points in the fourth period as the Lady Wildcats pulled away from Portales for a 47-38 win on Saturday night at Rock Staubus Gym.
Behind Brown’s 13 points, Mariah Sena and Janea Eshleman added 10 points each for Clovis (3-2).
Clovis coach Miles Watters wasn’t pleased with his team’s offensive output, but his Lady Cats did everything else right.
“I’m just really proud that we kind of grinded,” Watters said. “We didn’t execute anything but we played hard and made some great defensive plays.”
Clovis scored the first eight points to take control, before Portales went on an 8-1 run.
“I was proud of our kids,” first-year Portales coach Clay Stout said. “They played hard, they never backed off.”
Junior guard Tara Johnson scored five of her game-high 17 points in the second quarter to help Portales pull within 19-16 at the break.
The Lady Rams (1-1) took their first lead of the game in the third quarter at 21-19 after a Dallas Russell 3-point play.
Foul trouble spelled doom for Portales, as three starters collected three fouls before the half.
“It’s a concern for me,” Stout said. “I just think we have to play smart. That’s what we talked to the girls about a little bit is they have to adjust to the calls.”
Clovis took advantage of the Lady Rams’ foul situation, and Brown hit three consecutive shots from the field to give Clovis a 43-22 lead.
The lead changed hands several times, but the Lady Rams couldn’t escape the foul trouble.
“(The foul trouble) created some situations where we had some different personel on the floor that had to play positions they weren’t used to, but it’s a learning process,” Stout said. “That’s why we play Clovis, to just learn and get better.”
Senior Bethany Self contributed seven points and Shandi Walker added five for the Lady Rams.
“I thought they got in there and fought and scrapped for rebounds and for the most part we did a pretty good job of blocking out,” Stout said. “The kids competed and I was really proud of them.”
Both teams will play in the Mel Otero Invitational at Rio Rancho starting on Thursday.