Roswell Goddard’s girls played Clovis High close, but only for about three minutes.
The Lady Wildcats went on an 18-0 run to break a 6-6 tie and cruised to their 14th consecutive victory, a n 86-32 decision on Saturday night at Rock Staubus Gym.
Four Lady Cats scored in double figures, led by guards Danni Williams with 23 and Brandi Gomez with 21, as CHS tuned up for its District 4-5A opener at home on Friday against Hobbs.
The Lady Eagles (18-3), ranked second behind CHS in Class 5A, lost their second game of the weekend on Saturday, a 69-66 decision to Class 3A No. 1 Hope Christian in Albuquerque.
“It’s going to be huge, although they’re coming off two losses,” CHS coach Jeff Reed said. “Hobbs will be ready for us.”
Gomez adknowledged that the Lady Cats (20-1) were having a hard time not peaking ahead a bit.
“I know coach Reed wanted us to blow (Goddard) out and send a message to Hobbs,” she said. “We just had to go out and play hard and not give them any hope.”
Gomez said the Lady Cats will have their hands full with their rivals next week.
“It’s going to be a tough game, and hopefully we can come out on top,” she said.
Goddard (9-12) scored first and was tied 6-6 three minutes in before Gomez hit the first of her four 3-pointers to start the long run. The game was well out of hand by halftime and the teams were playing with a running clock from about the final two minutes of the third quarter.
Senior guards Niki Cordova and Aubree Turner added 13 and 11 points, respectively, while senior Jenna Sievers fell just short of double figures with eight.
“It was a good offensive night for us,” Reed said. “We almost had five people in double figures. I wish we could do that every night.”
The Lady Cats played Goddard man-to-man early, but eventually went to their trapping defense and harried the Lady Rockets into 29 turnovers, including 14 in the second quarter alone and 21 in the half.
“I was pleased with our defensive effort,” Reed said. “We produced a lot of points off our defense.
“I told the girls, ‘It was a good win, but don’t be satisfied.’”
Senior post Abbie Blach scored 13 points for the Lady Rockets.