Basketball prep notes

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer

No, the score wasn’t a typo.
The Clovis Christian girls really did beat Bible Heritage of Amarillo 69-7.

Lady Eagles Tasha Daale, Sidnee Pool, Samantha Barnett and Tiffany Medeiros each outscored Bible Heritage by themselves.

The Lady Eagles (5-6) were up 27-2 after the first quarter and outscored Bible Heritage 20-1 in the final quarter. Bible Heritage managed only three field goals and were 1 for 7 from the free throw line in the game.

“It was one of those games where we could steal the ball anytime we wanted to,” Clovis Christian coach Max Kralicek said.

Kralicek said he doesn’t like blowouts because they don’t help his team get better. He said he once coached a team in Colorado that won by 90.

“You play sloppy and you can get away with stuff,” he said. “You make poorer passes against good teams and they’ll make a layup on you.”

Foxes pour it on

Fort Sumner and Tucumcari went into the fourth quarter with the Foxes down 39-33.

In the final frame, everything clicked for Fort Sumner, with the Foxes outscoring Tucumcari 29-8.

“It wasn’t any particular thing, it’s a quarter of basketball that you dream about your players doing,” first year coach Wes Weems said.

Weems had been sliding players into different defensive spots in the man-to-man defense, seeing how they’d react against their opponent and together.

“I finally found the right combination,” Weems said.

Free throws cost Melrose

First-year Melrose girls coach Jason Lee said after Tuesday’s 45-44 loss to Logan at home his team would be spending the rest of the week shooting free throws. The Lady Buffaloes made only 9 of 28 from the charity stripe in the one-point loss, including only 6 of 15 in the first quarter.

The Lady Buffaloes had plenty of chances to win the game in the final two minutes, but Lee said his team just made too many mistakes.

“I’m sure we had around 30 turnovers (for the game),” he said.

CCS soph getting noticed

Watching teams try to stop Clovis Christian sophomore Ryan Boatman reminds his veteran coach Jimmy Joe Robinson of days gone by.

The leading scorer for the Eagles has been Ryan Boatman, who Robinson estimated was putting in around 25 points a game. Opposing teams are keying on Boatman, running a box-and-one, where one defender plays Boatman tand the rest of the defenders were in a zone defense.

Robinson said he had to remember what he did when opponents tried to contain Bubba Jennings at Clovis.

“I’m rejuvenating my mind back to 1980,” Robinson said.

Robinson has only been coaching the Eagles for six weeks, but already sees potential in a his young team. The team went 0-3 at the Amherst, Texas tournament over the weekend, but Robinson said he’s seeing improvement in decisions on the floor and a decline of mistakes.

“We didn’t win one game over there, but we sure learned a lot,” Robinson said.

The team starts three juniors and two sophomores. The two sophomores, Boatman and William Genitski, are only 15 years old.

“By next year, these two are going to be pretty good players,” Robinson said.

Week’s top scoring performances
o Nathan Foust, House, 46, Thursday, vs. Santa Rosa JV
o Foust, House, 33, Friday, vs. Corona
o Carlos Ruiz, Melrose, 25, Saturday, vs. Whiteface
o Domingo Diaz, Grady, 24, Friday, vs. Hale Center
o Braden Vaughan, Texico, 23, Saturday vs. Texico
o Dellani Jones, Farwell, 19, Tuesday, vs. Nazareth
o Audrey Hemminger, Melrose, 18, Tuesday, vs. Logan
o Stephanie Bailey, Texico, 18 vs. Whiteface.

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