Sluggish start hurts Lady Cats

CNJ staff

LAS CRUCES — The first half was a case of extremes. Mayfield’s Madison Spence was red hot, and the Clovis Lady Wildcats ice cold.

Spence scored 21 of her game-high 31 points in the first half, and Mayfield held on for a 59-46 win Tuesday over the Lady Wildcats.

Tori Northcutt led Clovis (9-4) with 15 points, and Ebony Bunton added 10.
Clovis coach Miles Watters called Spence, a 5-foot-9 senior sharpshooter, the best player in the state.

“She came down and hit three 3s off the dribble,” Watters said. “Not many high school players can do that.

“Plus she’s got such great basketball savvy, which makes her such a force at the defensive end.”

Led by a pair of Ebony Bunton 3-pointers, Clovis whittled Mayfield’s 21-point halftime lead to 49-40 early in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Wildcats could get no closer.

“The first half, we got good looks but we couldn’t get them to go down. We just dug too big a hole,” Watters said. “In the second half we started applying some more defensive pressure and some shots started to fall.

“Once a shot or two started to fall, everybody started playing with more confidence.”
Watters said the Lady Wildcats seemed a little in awe of Mayfield at the outset of the game.

“We need to get mentally tougher,” Watters said. “We also need to have some other players step up besides Northcutt and Bunton.”
Shawtwa Morris added 10 points for Mayfield.