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 post Brittany Blackmon led three Clovis players in double figures with 20 points. The Lady Cats (15-2) got a layup from senior Aimee Hilburn off the opening tip and never looked back, building a 15-7 lead by the end of the first quarter.

“We came out and played really good basketball,” Lady Cats coach Miles Watters said. “We went to a half-court trap (defense), and it just absolutely killed them.”

Rather than being tired, Watters said his team made it easy on itself with a quality all-around effort.

“We played good basketball tonight,” he said. “We had lots of assists and layups.

“I was really concerned going in with all the time we spent on the bus, but the kids really bounced back well from last night.”

Hilburn added 16 points and sophomore Ebony Bunton tossed in 14 for Clovis, which blew the game open with a 23-8 surge in the third quarter.

“We controlled (the game) from the get-go,” Watters said. “We played wit ha lot of energy tonight.”

Senior post Katie Wilson was the only player in double figures for the Lady Tigers (8-10), scoring 11 points.

The Lady Cats return home for three games next week, beginning with a matchup against rival Portales on Tuesday night. They host the State Farm Classic on Friday and Saturday nights.