Things have gone along pretty well most of the season for the Clovis High girls basketball team, 24-1 and ranked No. 1 in Class 4-5A.
The one blip on the radar, though, came in a six-point loss to Hobbs in the semifinals of the Mel Otero Invite at Rio Rancho in December.
The teams meet at 7 p.m. today in Hobbs in the regular-season finale for both, with the Lady Eagles (21-4, 2-1 district) trying to force a playoff against CHS next week for the top seed in the district tournament.
“Even though we’ve been No. 1 all year, we still have to perform,” Clovis coach Jeff Reed said. “We have to keep that edge; hopefully, we haven’t peaked yet and we’re still peaking.”
Tonight’s game isn’t a “must” win for the Lady Cats — they’d still have another shot to nail down the regular-season title next week, if needed.
That’s not what Reed wants, though.
“Our goal is to win district, get that No. 1 seed (at state) and win a state championship,” he said. “I keep telling the girls we haven’t accomplished any of our goals yet.”
Junior forward Carrie Sharp realizes playing at Hobbs will be challenging.
“I hope we come out with a good start, because they’re a good team at Hobbs,” she said. “We’ll have to play better defense (than in a 45-25 win here two weeks ago).
“They’re 20 points better on their home court. It all comes down to who executes and who finishes shots.”
Reed echoed those sentiments.
“I expect Hobbs to score better in their own gym,” he said. “I just expect (it) to be a tough gam until it’s not. Hobbs has too much pride and (Lady Eagles coach Johnny) Casaus is too good a coach for them not to be ready.”
A playoff game, if needed, would be Monday or Tuesday, ostensibly in Roswell. Carlsbad will play at the No. 2 seed in Thursday’s semifinal, with the top seed hosting the championship game two nights later.
Clovis (24-1, 3-0 District
4-5A) at Hobbs (21-4, 2-1)
7 p.m. today
Radio: KCLV-FM 99.1
Last time out: The Lady Wildcats held Carlsbad to three field goals in a 67-10 romp on Tuesday night at The Rock. Meantime, the Lady Eagles’ last outing was a 39-30 win at Carlsbad last Friday.
Last meeting: The Lady Cats got off to a fast start en route to a 45-25 district win at The Rock on Feb. 9.
Of note: While the Lady Eagles are ranked third in Class 5A, they own a combined 3-2 record against No. 1 Clovis (1-1) and second-ranked Mayfield (2-1). Hobbs handed the Lady Cats their only loss, a 50-44 decision in mid-December in the semifinals of the Mel Otero Invite in Rio Rancho. The Lady Cats have won 18 in a row since then. … Danielle Patterson, a 5-foot-9 junior F, leads Hobbs in scoring (16.3 ppg), rebounding (8.7 rpg) and steals (2.7 spg).
— Compiled by Dave Wagner