CHS beats Lady Eagles, moves to 26-0

By Dave Wagner

CNJ sports writer

dwagner@cnjonline.com

Clovis High is ready for another Class 5A state title run after finishing the regular season unbeaten on Friday night at Rock Staubus Gym.

CHS scored the final seven points of the first half and the first seven of the second, turning a three-point deficit into a double-figure lead en route to a 54-34 District 4-5A victory over Hobbs.

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis junior Nichele Hyman pulls up for a jumper over Hobbs’ Kennedy Sims during the first half of Friday’s District 4-5A girls matchup at Rock Staubus Gym. Hyman scored four points in her first extended action since breaking her nose in a game at Alamogordo in January as the Lady Wildcats posted a 54-34 victory.

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis junior Nichele Hyman pulls up for a jumper over Hobbs’ Kennedy Sims during the first half of Friday’s District 4-5A girls matchup at Rock Staubus Gym. Hyman scored four points in her first extended action since breaking her nose in a game at Alamogordo in January as the Lady Wildcats posted a 54-34 victory.

Junior guard Danni Williams scored 21 points and senior guard Brandi Gomez added 15 for the Lady Wildcats (26-0, 4-0 district), who will host either Hobbs (21-5, 2-2) or Carlsbad (18-7, 0-4) in next Saturday’s District 4-5A tourney final. Those teams play on Thursday in Hobbs.

Trailing 19-16 after a 3-pointer by senior guard Tori Sanchez with under three minutes left in the half, Clovis quickly turned the game around before pulling away steadily in the second half.

“Our team played good,” said Williams, who finished 7-of-15 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line. “We haven’t been playing that good in first halves lately, but it’s Hobbs and we definitely wanted to defend our home court.”

The Lady Cats took advantage of inside players Danielle Patterson and Halle Woods going to the bench with two fouls each in the second quarter. CHS had a significant advantage in the backcourt, and its trapping and pressure defense eventually paid dividends.

“Their pressure hurt us,” Hobbs coach Johnny Casaus said. “We just weren’t patient. When you have that many turnovers (22), you’re going to have a hard time winning.”

Junior guard Nichele Hyman, who has seen only a couple of minutes here and there since sustaining a broken nose in a January game at Alamogordo, saw about 15 minutes in this game and CHS coach Jeff Reed said her presence made a difference.

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis junior Danni Williams glides pass Hobbs’ Danielle Patterson for two of her 21 points during the first half of Friday night’s District 4-5A girls matchup at The Rock. Clovis defeated Hobbs 54-34 to improve to 26-0 for the season.

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis junior Danni Williams glides pass Hobbs’ Danielle Patterson for two of her 21 points during the first half of Friday night’s District 4-5A girls matchup at The Rock. Clovis defeated Hobbs 54-34 to improve to 26-0 for the season.

“She adds to our depth and the things we can do,” he said. “It makes us that much better.

“It was a good team win for us. I’m proud of the way (the Lady Cats) played tonight.”

Woods got off to a good start for the Lady Eagles, finishing with 12 points, while Patterson added nine.

SUMMARY
District 4-5A
Clovis 54, Hobbs 34
Hobbs (21-5, 2-2) — Jasmine Martinez 0 2-2 2, Torio Sanchez 2 0-0 5, Ariel Lopez 0 0-0 0, Kennedy Sims 0 0-0 0, Harlee Lester 0 2-2 2, Sydney O’Brain 0 0-0 0, Azaria Stewart 0 0-0 0, Kaylyn Felicetti 2 0-0 4, Danielle Patterson 4 0-0 9, Ieyland Mason 0 0-0 0, Halle Woods 4 4-7 12. Totals 12-31 8-11 34.
Clovis (26-0, 4-0) — Brandi Gomez 6-10 3-4 15, Danni Williams 7-15 6-7 21, Ashley Gallager 0-0 0-0 0, Kyleigh Guthals 1-3 0-0 2, Carrie Sharp 1-2 1-2 3, Kajlee Huysmans 0-0 0-0 0, Dee Briggins 0-0 0-0 0, Nichele Hyman 2-4 0-0 4, Shelby Jones 3-5 3-3 9, Lakeyia Wilkins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-39 13-16 54.
Hobbs    10    9    9    6    —    34
Clovis    11    12    15    16    —    54
3-pointers — Hobbs 2-8 (Patterson, Sanchez), Clovis 1-7 (Williams 1-3, Guthals 0-1, Gomez 0-3). Rebounds — Hobbs 15, Clovis 22 (Jones 5). Assists — Hobbs n/a, Clovis 6 (Sharp 3). Total fouls — Hobbs 17, Clovis 12. Fouled out — none. Junior varsity — Clovis 48, Hobbs 44.