CARLSBAD — For a half, it looked like Carlsbad might give Clovis High’s girls a decent run for their money.
Once halftime ended, though, so did the Cavegirls’ party.
The Lady Wildcats opened the second half with a 31-0 blitz that carried three minutes into the fourth quarter and rolled to a 65-29 District 4-5A victory.
Sophomore Danni Williams scored 20 points for the top-ranked Lady Cats (22-1, 2-0 district), while junior Brandi Gomez added all 10 of her points in the second half after getting two quick fouls and spending most of the first two quarters on the bench.
CHS coach Jeff Reed said the Cavegirls (11-12, 0-2) did what they needed to do to stay in the game early, but simply ran out of steam.
“They were doing a good job passing the ball and getting shots, but we didn’t have the energy coming off the bus,” Reed said. “We had a much better second half; our trapping and pressing just killed them.”
Clovis led only 18-15 late in the half before going on a brief run keyed by a couple of pressure forced turnovers. Still, two free throws with less than a second left pulled Carlsbad to 27-20 at the break, but it was a long time before the Cavegirls scored again.
Clovis dominated the third quarter 20-0, then added 11 more to start the final period.
“A lot of the third quarter was played in our (offensive) end of the court,” Reed said. “I never felt like we weren’t in control of the game, even though Carlsbad was playing good. I felt like we were going to (eventually) make that run.”
CHS, winning its 16th in a row, put the game away with the help of the free-throw line, going 23-of-29 compared to 6-of-13 for the Cavegirls. Williams went 10-for-12 from the charity stripe while sophomore post Shelby Jones added 5-for-6.
Shelby Welch had three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points for the Cavegirls.