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 back from the last loss and battled back from losing a 17-point lead,” Clovis coach Miles Watters said. “Our players said, “We’re not gonna lose tonight.” They put it on their shoulders.”

Toward the end of the third quarter, the lead had slipped to three points and Clovis’ leading scorer, senior Brittany Blackmon, had fouled out of the game.

“(Blackmon) had her way with Coronado for three and a half quarters,” Watters said. “When they cut it down to three, it looked like we were going to fold the tent.”

Senior Aimee Hilburn started the rally with four free throws and a bucket with less than a minute to play in the third period.

From there, the Lady Cats (7-1) never looked back, outscoring Coronado 27-18 in the fourth quarter.

Watters said the Mustangs’ physical style played right into his team’s hands.

“They were hackin’ and slappin’,” he said. “But we made them pay.”

The Lady Cats were sent to the free throw line 41 times, sinking 32.

When Blackmon went down and the lead slipped away, Watters said he was worried.

“As a coach, you always fear the worst,” he said. “But they kept their heads up.”

Four Lady Cats scored in double figures. Blackmon led four Lady Wildcats in double figures with 23 points. Hilburn added 19, Tori Quintana 13, and Tori Northcutt 11.

Watters said sophomore Jasmine McDonald performed well off the bench. She finished with nine points.

“Jasmine McDonald came in and gave us some great minutes,” he said. “It was her best varsity game so far.”

The Mustangs (12-5) were led by Kandace Griffin, who scored 25 points including five 3-balls.

“They don’t lose too many games at their place,” Watters said.

Clovis finishes up its Texas road trip on Monday when the Lady Cats travel to Frenship.

“We’ll be glad to get trip over with and get back home,” Watters said.