Clovis coach Miles Watters said the Lady Wildcats played well enough at home to beat Hobbs earlier this month.
In order to win in tonight’s rematch at Hobbs, he figures they’ll have to play better.
“We didn’t have a particularly great outing that night,” Watters said of a 55-45 win Feb. 2. “I have to think they’ll have a good performance (tonight), and we’re going to have to play better than what we did here.
“It should be a dogfight. It’s likely to go down to the last possession.”
Clovis (17-5, 3-0 district) has won nine in a row and appears to be peaking as the season heads into the stretch run.
Losing some talented players from a team that went 57-3 over the past two seasons, Watters admits he wasn’t sure what to expect this year.
Now, he’s thinking they could make a deep postseason run and, perhaps, contend for a Class 5A title.
“It was a huge question mark coming into this year,” he said. “It’s a tribute to the team that they’ve figured out ways to win.
“They’ve got their sights set on the ultimate goal, and I think it’s feasible.”
Senior guard Ebony Bunton had 17 points and 14 rebounds in the first Hobbs meeting in which Covis dominated the middle two quarters in building a 13-point lead.
Senior guard Tori Northcutt added 12 points and freshman forward Antiesha Brown 11. Hobbs (15-10, 2-1) was led by senior point guard Salena Florez with 15 points.
The key, Watters said, is to keep the Lady Eagles off the boards and for his team to stay out of foul trouble.
If Hobbs wins tonight, a playoff game would decide the top seed for the district tournament.
“It’s not a do-or-die situation (tonight),” Watters said, “but it would make life a lot easier.”
What: Clovis at Hobbs, 7:30 p.m.
Records: Clovis 17-5 (3-0 District 4-5A), Hobbs 15-10 (2-1).
Last meeting: Clovis 55, Hobbs 45 on Feb. 2 at Rock Staubus Gym.
At stake: District lead. If Hobbs wins, the teams will have a playoff on Monday at Roswell High for the top seed in next week’s district tournament.