Lady Cats tough out win over Goddard


Last updated 2/15/2022 at 4:21pm

ROSWELL — After a lopsided loss at District 4-5A leader Hobbs the night before, Clovis High’s girls bounced back with what may turn out to be an important victory on Saturday.

Sophomore guard Zarai Lewis scored 15 points, and the Lady Wildcats sealed a 38-34 non-district win over Roswell Goddard when junior guard Gizelle Petner hit a free throw with 15 seconds left.

Clovis (16-9) held Goddard to just 12 first-half points, but the Lady Rockets pulled even by outscoring Clovis 15-9 in the third quarter. The Lady Cats completed a 5-0 sweep of District 4-4A, including two wins over Goddard.

CHS girls coach Jeff Reed said the win puts his team in better position to earn a Class 5A state tournament berth with just one game — Friday at Roswell High — left in the regular campaign.

“It was nice to pull it off,” Reed said. “If we don’t get it, our playoff (chances) might be hurting pretty bad. We’d probably get in anyway, but now if we can beat Roswell I think it seals the deal.”

Goddard (12-11) connected on five 3-pointers in the tilt, all by senior guard Alexis Sandoval, who finished with a game-high 20 points. Clovis had the edge at the free throw line, going 13-of-20 to the Lady Rockets’ 5-of-11.

Hobbs 59, Clovis 28 (Friday) — The Lady Eagles hit Clovis with a 23-4 surge in the first quarter and remained unbeaten in District 4-5A play.

Hobbs (18-7, 5-0 district) rode a balanced attack with six players scoring at least six points, led by freshman post Kyndle Cunningham with 12 points and freshman guards Brynn Hargrove with 11 and Bhret Clay with 10.

The Lady Eagles, who have won eight in a row, collected seven 3-pointers, including three for senior guard Arilyn Hall and two for Hargrove.

“It was a tough night from the beginning,” Reed said. “When you only score four points in the first quarter, it makes it rough.

“There’s not a whole lot you can do if you can’t score. And it’s hard for us to stop them because they’re so big and athletic.”

Hobbs held the Lady Cats to just three field goals, including a couple of 3-pointers, en route to a 40-12 halftime advantage.

Leading scorers for Clovis (1-4 in district play) were Lewis and senior guard Luisa Chavez, each with eight points.


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