In a game that left Clovis girls coach Jeff Reed without complaints, four reached double figures — three Clovis players and the entire Carlsbad Cavegirls team.
The Lady Cats came out with purpose, holding Carlsbad to three second-quarter field goals in a 67-10 romp Tuesday night at Rock Staubus Gymnasium.
Danni Williams had 22 points for Clovis (24-1, 3-0 District 4-5A), which had little trouble winning its 18th straight.
“It was fantastic the way they came out tonight,” said Reed. “That’s something we stressed, to come out on fire. We just suffocated them in the first quarter with our defense. In the second half, we went to straight half-court man. We couldn’t come out to a better start. I was proud of the girls.”
The Lady Cats, who also got 16 from Brandi Gomez and 10 from Shelby Jones, blanked Carlsbad in the first and third quarters, and played the entire second half with a running clock after taking a 48-8 lead into the break.
Reed said the start was a welcome departure from Clovis’ previous three outings, which featured decent starts and third-quarter runs to put the games away.
Tuesday’s win kept Clovis’ streak intact, but had little other effect. The Lady Cats still need to beat Hobbs to win the regular season district title outright and host the District 4-5A title game March 1.
Shalei McAlister scored five points to lead Carlsbad (11-14, 0-4), which will face the district runnerup on the road next week in the 4-5A tournament.
“Hopefully, we do have that energy we had tonight for Hobbs,” Reed said. “One of the biggest things we’ve got to do is try to reserve some energy the next two days so we have the energy we need to go down to Hobbs. They play 20 points better at home.”