Clovis survives scare from Sandia

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Clovis’ Aimee Hilburn regains her dribble during the second half of their District 4-5A final against Sandia Saturday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Clovis held off Sandia 48-45. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Pfewwww. Sandia’s Melissa Hillebrand missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key with less than two seconds […]

Undisputed: Unbeaten Lady Cats finish regular season with win over Sandia

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Clovis’ Brittany Blackmon is fouled as she scores two of her 17 points in the first half of Friday’s game against Sandia at Rock Staubus Gym. Clovis defeated Sandia 63-52. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent A furious late rally the last time the teams met may have given Sandia some hope. […]

Lady Cats ground Hobbs

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Clovis junior Brittany Blackmon is double-teamed by Hobbs’ Ebony Ross (22) and Ashley Jackson. Blackmon finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. (Staff photo: Rick White) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis was out of step on offense most of the night. But it hardly mattered as the top-ranked Lady Wildcats played […]

Lady Cats cruise at Cibola

CNJ Staff ALBUQUERQUE — Brittany Blackmon and Aimee Hilburn took turns dominating the game and Tori Quintana continued her torrid 3-point shooting as unbeaten Clovis rolled to a 70-45 win over Cibola on Tuesday in a District 4-5A girls basketball game. After squandering a double-digit lead in the second quarter, the Lady Wildcats (23-0, 5-0 […]

Lady Cats clobber Cavegirls

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Clovis’ Brittany Blackmon tries to make a move to the basket as Carlsbad defenders Kayla Jarnagin, ( No. 20) and Kelly Egan (No. 24) hold on during the second half of their game Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gym. Clovis won 67-35. (CNJ staff Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Two weeks ago, as […]

Unblemished Clovis shuts down Hobbs

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Clovis’ Melissa Roberts drives past Hobbs’ Samantha Cruz during their game at Ralph Tasker Arena on Tuesday in Hobbs. (Hobbs News Sun: Daniel Howell) CNJ Staff HOBBS — The Clovis Lady Wildcats showed why they are undefeated on the season and one of the top teams in New Mexico, shutting down Hobbs on Tuesday night […]

Lady Cats pound Lovington again

CNJ staff LOVINGTON _ The Clovis girls continued their unbeaten ways, past Lovington for the second time this season. Clovis junior post Brittany Blackmon scored a game-high 25 points and fellow junior post Aimee Hilburn added 13 points in Clovis’ 64-42 win that was decided before halftime. Clovis coach Miles Watters said Blackmon and Hilburn […]

Lady Cats conquer Canyon

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent CANYON, Texas — Clovis girls basketball coach Miles Watters kept talk of Monday’s game against Canyon, Texas, to a minimum. Watters didn’t want his team dwelling on the fact that Canyon is one of the top programs in the state of Texas and finished the 2003 season as the top-ranked […]

Lady Wildcats crunch Rio Rancho for Plateau title

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Clovis coach Miles Watters prods his team to keep playing hard during Wednesday’s championship game of the Plateau Holiday Classic. (Staff photo: Rick White) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent They tried to front the Clovis post players. They tried to play behind them. They tried to lay off the outside shooters. In the end, Rio […]

Prep notes: Fort Sumner survives game of 1A powers

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The top-ranked Fort Sumner Vixens rattled off eight unanswered points in the final three minutes to beat Cimarron 40-37 this weekend in a battle of unbeaten Class 1A teams. Tobea Patterson had a season-high 15 points to lead the Vixens. “Things did not go right and still we beat […]

Clovis holds off Coronado

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Clovis’ Aimee Hilburn battles Lubbock Coronado’s Lynsey Thompson, left, and Jordan Sarten for a loose ball during the second half of Friday’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. Clovis defeated Coronado 71-62. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) John Eisel Another game, another career scoring effort for Clovis junior Brittany Blackmon.   Four days after scoring a career-high […]

Lady Cats post win on Dawgs

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent RIO RANCHO — Clovis traveled to Rio Rancho on Thursday for the opening round of the 5th annual Mel Otero Invitational. While the beginning of the girls basketball game wasn’t ideal for the Wildcats, the end turned out fine thanks to a versatile performance from junior Aimee Hilburn. In a […]

Lady Cats pound Hereford

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Clovis senior Melissa Roberts tips the ball away from Hereford junior Betsy Jimenez during the second half of their game Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis has been working extensively in practice on defense and the results showed. Taking advantage of their quickness and […]

Clovis pounds Lovington

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Clovis junior Brittany Blackmon releases a shot over Lovington’s Crystal Marquez during the first half of their game Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent You’d expect some rustiness in the opening game of the year, but Clovis junior Brittany Blackmon played the Wildcats’ lidlifter Tuesday night as […]

Lady Cats hungry after runnerup finish

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Clovis junior Vanessa O’Neal is fouled by the Cannon Falcons’ Natalie Howell during a scrimmage Friday at the high school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer he Clovis Lady Wildcats are older, deeper and think they’re better than the team that ended up one win short of the state title last […]

Clovis AAU squad reaches bracket play

CNJ STAFF WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — After four close games, the Clovis Lady Wildcats closed out pool play in the AAU national girls 15-and-under tournament on Monday with a 66-36 rout of the Florida Green Wave. The Lady Wildcats finished in a three-way tie for first place in their pool at 4-1. They advanced to bracket […]

Lady Cats clip Eagles

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Clovis freshman Tori Northcutt drives past Eldorado’s Kristen Johnson during Saturday’s District 4-5A tournament title game. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner Sophomore post Brittany Blackmon was unstoppable Saturday night. Blackmon poured in a season-best 30 points on 13-of-15 field goal shooting as Clovis High’s girls claimed the District 4-5A girls tournament championship […]

Lady Cats ride big second half

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — Cold shooting. Hostile road crowd. Foul trouble. A trio of obstacles the Clovis Lady Wildcats haven’t faced in a while. Regrouping at halftime, Clovis scored the first 22 points of the second half en route to a 53-28 win over Carlsbad on Tuesday in a District 4-5A game. Brittany Blackmon scored […]

Lady Cats outgun Eldorado

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Clovis senior Tyisha Brown, driving to the basket against Eldorado’s Megan Hines, finished with a season-high 10 points off the bench. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Rick White Aimee Hilburn did a little bit of everything on the court, including helping a teammate reinsert a loose contact lens. Fouled on the play that jarred her […]

Lady Cats complete sweep of Portales

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Clovis’ Jessica Hohn rips the ball away from Portales’ Roni Gomez during the second half of Tuesday’s game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Photo by Eric Kluth By Kevin Wilson In a matchup between the Portales guards and the Clovis posts, it was a Clovis guard that helped make Tuesday’s game not much of a contest. […]