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Las Cruces ousts Clovis girls


March 3, 2018

LAS CRUCES — For both of Friday’s teams in the 5 vs. 12 Class 6A matchup, it was the same story.

For host Las Cruces High, it was another easy home win, as the Bulldawgs moved to 14-2 in their friendly confines. For Clovis, it was another night of offensive struggles in a 66-41 defeat.

Clovis only trailed 28-23 at the half, but then the basket just seemed to have a lid for the Wildcats (17-13).

“There’s no other way to explain it. We went cold. We got just six points in that third period, and that’s when they pulled away. We just didn’t make baskets, and they did. Like I’ve said a million times, you can’t not score and expect them to not score with you. They’ve got some good scorers, and it’s hard to contain them all night.”

Las Cruces will move on to a 1:15 p.m. Tuesday quarterfinal at the Santa Ana Star Center against Carlsbad, which edged No. 13 Volcano Vista, 37-36

Teya Morris scored 22 pionts to lead Clovis, but nobody else had more than six.

Sarah Abney scored 19 points to lead three in double figures for the Bulldawgs (25-5).

Despite the loss, Reed felt the team made big leaps this season, especially with a series of injuries.

“I was proud of the girls,” Reed said. “We fought hard and made some strides. We were 9-17 two years ago, 10-18 last year and didn’t even make the playoffs. Hopefully, we turn the corner towards the right direction.”


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