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Trinity tops Clovis girls


January 12, 2020

CLOVIS — Clovis High’s girls played their best offensive game of the season Friday night. The Lady Wildcats simply couldn’t come up with enough stops.

Sophomore guard Bonnee Busby scored 20 points, including three of Lubbock Trinity Christian’s seven 3-point field goals, and the Lady Lions eked out a 59-54 victory over CHS at Rock Staubus Gym.

Sophomore guard Adlee Blacklock added 19 points and two 3s for Trinity Christian (12-13), which broke out of a halftime tie with a 20-13 third-quarter surge fueled by all three of Busby’s trifectas.

Clovis was without head coach Jeff Reed, who on Friday afternoon underwent an appendectomy. Reed was hopeful to be released from the hospital on Saturday, but he also missed Saturday night’s game at Amarillo Caprock and his status for next Friday’s contest at Volcano Vista is uncertain.

Lead assistant Candace Jordan filled in for Reed on the sidelines and helped direct Clovis to a season high in points.

Jordan said Reed started to feel ill on Wednesday. He saw the school nurse the following day and she recommended he be checked out by a doctor.

Junior Hanna Nussbaumer scored 17 points and seniors Annabelle Martinez and Aydan Everett chipped in 15 each for the Lady Cats (5-10). The totals for Nussbaumer and Everett were personal bests.

“I was pretty happy with them,” Jordan said. “The only thing I told them was to be confident, and they were. But we just came up short.”

She added that, in the end, 3-point shooting — the Lady Cats had only one trey in the contest — turned out to be the major difference.

“We had some breakdowns on defense,” Jordan said. “We’d score and then couldn’t get a stop on them, or we’d get a stop and turn the ball back over to them.”

The Lady Cats, who trailed by nine points in the third period, rallied in the final quarter to pull even at one point but were unable to get over the top.

Lovington 48, CHS 38 (Tuesday) — Suffice it to say, Lovington’s girls were happy to finally play at home.

A 15-8 second-quarter spurt gave Lovington control en route to a 48-38 victory over the Lady Cats on Tuesday night.

Seniors Riley Mapes and Hayley Marquez did most of the damage with 17 points apiece for Lovington (6-5), including four 3-pointers by the 5-foot-1-inch Marquez.

“We had opportunities,” Reed said. “We just didn’t finish shots and we turned the ball over too much.

“We’ve got to figure out how to score. We had opportunity after opportunity after opportunity.”

Leading by six points, Lovington put the game away in the final quarter, outscoring CHS 15-11 with the help of a 13-for-15 effort from the foul line. Reed said the margin never got under six points in the second half.

“We just couldn’t get anything going,” he said.

Martinez led the Lady Cats (5-9) with 13 points, including both of the team’s 3-point baskets. Nussbaumer and Everett each finished with nine points.


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