By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer
With post players Brittany Blackmon and Aimee Hilburn tired and in foul trouble, Tori Quintana and company helped pick up the scoring slack.
Quintana, a junior point guard, scored 13 points, including three first-half 3-pointers, and sophomore Tori Northcutt added 11 to lead unbeaten Clovis past Pampa 56-44 Saturday in Rock Staubus Gym.
“We feel fortunate and excited that we’re undefeated at the Christmas break, but it’s nothing like we want to accomplish or get done,” Clovis coach Miles Watters said.
“It was good to have our guards step up,” Watters said.
Blackmon and Hilburn combined to score only eight points before fouling out. Blackmon and Hilburn combined to score 49 points in Friday’s 71-61 win over Lubbock Coronado.
“I think our post players were running on empty a little bit out there,” Watters said.
Clovis (10-0) built a huge lead early, going up 17-3 after the first quarter.
The Lady Harvesters got Clovis in foulf trouble in the second quarter by taking the ball aggressive to the basket. Pampa made 11 of 12 free throws in the second quarter, including 6 of 7 by sophomore Britteni Rice.
Rice finished with 12 points.
Clovis kept the lead behind the outside shooting of Quintana and Roxanne Luera, who combined for 16 points in the first half.
Trailing 43-29 going into the fourth quarter, Pampa whittled the lead down to 51-44 with 1:08 left in the game. But the Lady Cats ended the game on a 6-0 run, highlighted by a Ebony Bunton layup off a Quintana assist.
The teams combined for 34 turnovers, including 16 by the Lady Cats. Watters wasn’t thrilled with execution by his team, “but after our effort last night, I am happy we had enough to get it done tonight.”