ROSWELL — Clovis High’s girls didn’t waste any time taking control of Tuesday’s District 4-5A seeding tiebreaker.
The Lady Wildcats scored the game’s first 10 points, led by as many as 14, and weathered Hobbs comeback attempts down the stretch for a 52-40 victory at Roswell High.
Hobbs (22-5) will now host third-seeded Carlsbad on Thursday, with the winner playing the top-ranked Lady Cats (25-2) at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Rock Staubus Gym as part of a doubleheader. The top-seeded Clovis boys face Thursday’s Carlsbad-Hobbs winner in a game scheduled for 8 p.m.
Hobbs, ranked second in 5A, forced the playoff game by beating the Lady Cats 53-43 on Friday night at Hobbs. The teams have now split four games this season.
“It was good for us to be able to come back from the loss,” CHS coach Jeff Reed said. “I’m glad we’re playing in Clovis — and I’m glad we’re not getting ready for Carlsbad.”
Sophomore guard Danni Williams scored 18 points, hitting 9-of-9 free throws, while sophomore post Shelby Jones added 11 points — 10 in the first half — and went 5-of-6 from the line. Both teams were solid at the free-throw line, with Clovis going 19-for-23 and Hobbs finishing 14-of-17.
Williams had nine points in the opening quarter, which ended with the Lady Cats on top 20-8.
“Getting ahead like that put pressure on them right from the start,” Reed said. “It was a great way to start the game.”
Hobbs chipped away, closing to within eight points at halftime and 36-30 at the end of three quarters. Then early in the fourth, Jones saved a missed Clovis shot from going over the baseline and flipped the ball to Williams, who converted a three-point play to extend the margin to nine.
Williams scored seven points in the final period, including five free throws.
“Hobbs got a little bit of momentum in the middle two quarters, but we took over again in the fourth quarter,” Reed said.
Junior forward Danielle Patterson scored 17 points for the Lady Eagles, and senior guard Mackenzie Latimer added 13.