Lady Cats push home win streak to 43 games

By Dave Wagner

SPORTS WRITER

dwagner@cnjonline.com

Plucky Dumas did what it could to stay with Clovis High’s girls in Tuesday’s Plateau Holiday Classic semifinals.

In the end, the Lady Demons didn’t have enough firepower as Clovis extended its homecourt winning streak to 43 games and pulled away to a 72-53 win at Rock Staubus Gym.

The Lady Cats (11-1) face unbeaten Gallup (11-0) in today’s 6 p.m. championship game, seeking their fifth consecutive title in the event.

CHS coach Jeff Reed today’s game should be a test. Gallup slipped past Volcano Vista 63-59 on Tuesday to reach the finals.

“I’ll guarantee Gallup’s not afraid of us,” Reed said. “We beat them three years in a row (2011-13) in their (holiday) tournament; I know they really want to beat us.”

Senior Danni Williams scored 33 points and senior Nichele Hyman added 14 for Clovis, which led all the way except for a 2-2 tie but never could quite put the Texas Class 5A squad away.

“I thought we played good in spurts tonight, but I felt like Dumas had more energy than we did,” Reed said. “Dumas worked their tails off; they played hard and didn’t back down, and I give them credit for that.”

The Lady Demons (9-10) rely on 3-point shooting, but couldn’t get anyone hot. Six players had one 3 apiece for Dumas, and no one reached double figures until Reghan Gerber and

Hannah Thomas each got to 10 points in the final couple of minutes.

Clovis had only nine turnovers in the game — three coming in the final couple of minutes — while forcing the Lady Demons into 23.

“I thought we played hard,” Dumas coach Jennifer Rogers said. “Clovis is a good team. We hit some big shots and I thought we did some good things.”

Williams scored 10 points in the first quarter, and the Lady Cats cruised into halftime with a 34-19 lead. Dumas began to find the range a bit more regularly when play resumed, but wasn’t able to get the margin under double figures in the final two periods.

Rogers said she really didn’t think about coming out of her team’s 2-3 zone earlier. When the Lady Demons did apply more pressure down the stretch, they gave the Lady Cats some trouble.

“I felt like we played the way we have to play,” she said. “We like to move the ball around on offense; we have a well-rounded team.”
Dumas takes on Volcano Vista at 2:30 p.m. today for third place.