Lady Cats blast Aztec


Clovis High’s Tori Northcutt releases the ball over Aztec’s Rayla Doty during the first half of Friday’s game in the State Farm Classic at Rock Staubus Gymnasium(CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer For the second-straight outing, the Clovis Lady Wildcats played a near-perfect first half. The Lady Cats jumped ahead […]

Lady cats happy to play host


Clovis’ Ebony Bunton grabs a rebound away from Portales’ Ashleah Richards during the second half of the Lady Wildcats 51-30 win over Portales Tuesday in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer After putting 700 miles on the team’s travel bus last weekend, Clovis girls coach Miles Watters welcomes the […]

Lady Cats finish sweep


Clovis’ Vanessa O’Neal looks to move around Portales’ Megan Kabrick during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Clovis defeated Portales 51-30. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer If defense wins championships, the Clovis Lady Wildcats played a first half worthy of a ring. Clovis held the […]

Fatigue doesn’t bother Lady Cats in rout

CNJ staff ALAMOGORDO — Fatigue turned out to be no factor for Clovis High’s girls on Saturday night. Coming off a rugged 33-31 win at Amarillo High on Friday night, the Lady Wildcats made the four-hour bus ride to south-central New Mexico on Saturday and hammered Alamogordo 72-39, improving to 15-2 for the season. Senior […]

Lady Cats notch win on road

CNJ staff AMARILLO — The Clovis girls went to Amarillo and got a win, but they had to fight for every point. Close from the tipoff, the Lady Wildcats endured a tough defensive effort from Amarillo High before coming away with a 33-31 win. “It seemed like every possession was a battle,” Clovis coach Miles […]

Lady Cats set for date with Canyon

CNJ staff Miles Watters believes one of the biggest wins during the 2004-05 season for his Clovis High girls basketball team was a 48-38 victory at perennial class 3A Texas power Canyon. The teams hook up again Monday night in a 7 p.m. start at Rock Staubus Gym. “That was a huge win for us,” […]

Lady Cats bounce back on road

CNJ staff ROSWELL — Nothing soothes a tough loss better than an easy win. Brittany Blackmon scored 18 points and Tori Quintana added 14 points — including four 3-pointers — as Clovis routed Roswell Goddard 61-30 Thursday. The Lady Wildcats (12-2) were coming off a 56-50 home loss to Mayfield, a team Clovis beat by […]

Lady Cats, Mayfield renew state rivalry


Clovis High senior Jessica Russell puts defensive pressure on Portales senior Rebekah Gonzales during Saturday’s championship game of the Plateau Holiday Classic at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High Lady Wildcats may own a 25-point win over Las Cruces Mayfield earlier this season, but […]

Lady Cats turn back Portales for Plateau Classic title


Portales senior Megan Kabrick rips down a defensive rebound as Ebony Bunton avoids picking up a foul during Saturday’s championship game of the Plateau Holiday Classic at Rock Staubus. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Lady Wildcats went to their big guns Friday night to nail down the […]

Girls hoops on the rise


Girls basketball has evolved over the years from the 1980s, left, to the 1990s, center, and into 2005, with many coaches saying girls are becoming more athletic, quicker and playing more of a boys style of basketball. (CNJ illustration: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Gone are the days of two-handed set shots […]

Lady Cats finish road stretch with win

CNJ STAFF FRENSHIP, Texas — The Clovis Lady Wildcats finished off their longest road stretch of the season with a 48-41 win at Frenship, Texas, on Monday night. Since its last home game on Dec. 6, Clovis has played six games on the road, the last three in Texas. Clovis coach Miles Watters said his […]

Lady Cats endure Mustang comeback attempt

CNJ STAFF LUBBOCK — Less than a week after the blowing a lead that cost them a 36-game win streak, the Lady Cats almost let a big lead slip away again. Lubbock Coronado cut a 33-17 halftime lead to three points before the Lady Wildcats regained control en route to 81-58 win. “They really battled […]

CHS HOOPS: Home at last


Clovis’ Jaden Isler, left, and Cody Thornsbury, right, trap teammate Jason Roberts during practice Thursday at the high school. Clovis will host Moriarty today at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer After a delayed start to the season and four games on the road, the Clovis Wildcats […]

Levelland snaps Lady Cats’ streak

CNJ STAFF LEVELLAND, Texas — For most of the game Tuesday night, the Clovis High girls’ 36-game winning streak seemed safe. Clovis’ lead stayed seven to 11 points from early in the second quarter until the final minute. However, Levelland rallied late, tying the game on a desperation 3-pointer from just short of halfcourt by […]

Clovis basketball teams take road trip to Texas

By Jesse Wolfersberger It is hard to argue any New Mexico team is better than Clovis’ Lady Cats. They are undefeated in their last 36 basketball games, most recently, a convincing 65-40 win over last year’s state runner-up Mayfield in the finals of the Mel Otero Invitational Tournament on Saturday. But that doesn’t mean much […]

Lady Cats coast into semifinals

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent RIO RANCHO — Since Mayfield replaced Santa Fe in the field, the Mel Otero Invitational has been one of the toughest fields — save the postseason. But first-round games of eight-team tourneys, even difficult ones, can present some blowouts. Clovis delivered one such lopsided victory when the Wildcats demolished Del […]

Lady Cats coast to win


Clovis’ Brittany Blackmon looks as the ball travels out of the reach of Moriarty’s Lomeli Carpio during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Clovis defeated Moriarty 54-35. Blackmon finished the game with 24 By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer After Brittany Blackmon single-handily outscored his team in the first half, Moriarty […]

Lady Cats try to stay focused on Moriarty

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Aimee Hilburn admits it’s a little hard not to look ahead this week. Hilburn and her Clovis High teammates have business to tend to tonight when the Lady Wildcats host Moriarty in a 6:30 p.m. matchup at Rock Staubus Gym. Looming this weekend, though, is the Mel Otero Invite […]

Prep hoops: Lady Cats thnking repeat


Senior Brittany Blackmon (22) led the Lady Wildcats in scoring and rebounding last season. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer With most of their players back, the Clovis High Lady Wildcats have visions repeating of last year’s 30-0 season and Class 5A girls state championship. Fifth-year coach Miles Watters, a veteran […]

Lady Cats put streak on line at Portales

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High girls basketball coach Miles Watters expects the Lady Wildcats to get their first test of the season tonight. The defending Class 5A state champions, winners of 31 in a row and 39 of their last 40, travel south for a 7 p.m. contest against rival Portales, the […]