Roswell High fends off Cats

CNJ STAFF

ROSWELL — Through three quarters, the Clovis Wildcats hung with Roswell High.

In the final period, though, the Coyotes pulled away and earned a 84-69 win on Thursday.

“They had about a two-minute stretch were they got running,” Clovis boys coach J.D. Isler said. “Then they spread us out and worked the clock.”

Roswell outscored Clovis 25-14 in the final quarter.

Clarence Cheadle scored a game-high 25 for Roswell (15-3), which has won 15 in a row since dropping its first three games of the season. The leading scorer for the Cats (11-6) was sophomore guard Bryce Hill with 17.

Isler said he knew the Cats were in for a battle, but he was pleased with the way his team handled the hostile environment.

“They are a little bigger and a little more athletic,” Isler said. “Our mental approach to the game was really good.”

Despite letting the game slip away in the fourth quarter, Isler said his team played well.

“You never like to lose, and I think we can beat them, but you can take some positives away from that game,” Isler said. “We rebounded well (and) we handled their press, but we didn’t get back in transition and gave them some easy buckets.”

Isler said Hill and junior guard Cody Thornsbury had productive games.

“Bryce had a good second quarter,” he said. “They made good decisions. If we can keep those two playing well and we can get Jaden (Isler) healthy to help out the scoring, we’ll be in good shape.”

Jaden Isler, the coach’s son, has been playing with an injured right hand since late December. The younger Isler’s hand is immobile, making him unable to shoot from outside and forcing him to take free throws left-handed.

“He’ll be able to flex it and start shooting in about 10 days,” the coach said. “He was our leading scorer when he went down, so he adds another dimension to our offense.”