CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Cats ride strong first half to win

CNJ staff

ROSWELL — Clovis High’s girls weren’t able to sustain a strong first half on Tuesday night, but it didn’t really matter.

The Lady Wildcats improved to 2-0 heading into a Friday night clash at rival Portales, building an 18-point halftime lead en route to a 58-39 victory over Roswell Goddard.

Senior guard Tori Northcutt scored 19 points for the Lady Cats, while nine others contributed to the scoring column.

“We played with a lot of energy in the first half, but I was really disappointed with the second half,” Lady Cats coach Miles Watters said. “We turned the ball over too much and we fell in love with the 3-pointer.”

Early on, Clovis didn’t have many problems. The Lady Cats bolted to a 20-8 lead at the quarter, and by halftime had extended the margin to 38-20.

Goddard held them to five points in the third period, and at one point got within 10 points. But Clovis picked up its play in the final period and pulled away for good.

“I never felt like we were threatended at any time, but we just got a little sloppy (in the second half),” Watters said. “We’re going to have to improve by the time we play Portales on Friday.”

The Lady Cats hit six 3-pointers in the contest, including three by Northcutt, while holding the Lady Rockets (0-1) to none. Ebony Bunton, Janae Eshleman and Katharine Cordova also hit once from long range for Clovis.

Laura Fry, a 5-foot-11 senior post, gave the Lady Cats problems at times around the post and finished with 17 points, but no one else finished with more than six points for the Lady Rockets.

Watters said pressure defense was effective early for his team, and helped the Lady Cats get back on track in the final period when they rebuilt their lead.

Friday’s game will be the third of six in a row on the road to open the season for Clovis.

In the junior varsity preliminary, Clovis defeated Goddard 51-38.