Eagles thump Bronchos

Eric Butler

GRADY – Clovis Christian jumped out of the gate quickly against Grady Thursday night and rarely looked back as the Eagles thumped the Bronchos 55-40 in a District 4-1A boys basketball contest.

Clovis Christian (9-3, 2-0 in district ) held a 9-5 lead with two minutes left in the first quarter, but then ripped off the next 17 in a row to go up 26-5 midway through the second period.
The first three field goals of the second quarter came after Brandon Hunter, Nathan Hollis and Raul Pina, respectively – pick-pocketed their Grady counterparts and converted steals into layups.

“I think our defense really stepped up, we really played tough D,” said Hollis, a senior transfer from Clovis High who led all players with 26 points. “I didn’t really know that much about them (Grady), since this is my first year in the district. I just went in there expecting a good game.”

The Bronchos (6-8, 0-2) could never get closer than that 13-point bulge as the Eagles eventually cruised to the win Jarrod Lindsay led the Broncos with 15 points while Chase Bradley added nine.

“Sometimes when you get a lead like that, these kids get to thinking that they’re playing street ball,” said Clovis Christian coach Max Kralicek of a couple of temporary lapses that, overall, didn’t harm the Eagles the rest of the game. “I didn’t think we put the game away in the second half the way we should have, but we played pretty well.”

In the girls contest, Grady (6-7, 2-0) overwhelmed Clovis Christian (3-6, 0-2) by a 64-27 count as the Eagles struggled against the ever-present Lady Bronchos’ full-court press.

Grady, playing without starter Brittany Bailey, was led by Jennifer Blackburn’s 18 points, while Aerial Verble and Stephanie Bailey each contributed nine. For Clovis Christian, Rachel Wagner tossed in eight points and Rachel Daale grabbed 16 rebounds.

“I feel like we played pretty good, especially since we haven’t got much practice time this week with everyone being sick,” Grady coach Alicia Rush said. “We did some good things, but we’ve got a long way to go.