Lady Cats developing depth

By Rick White With six of their top eight players returning, the Clovis Lady Wildcats don’t have many holes to fill off a basketball team that finished second in the state. The biggest concern for Clovis coach Miles Watters is finding a replacement for junior point guard Tori Quintana, who is out until at least […]

Lady Cats fall to Mayfield in 5A finals

By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — They came at Clovis in waves, bringing the Lady Wildcats’ record-breaking season to a crashing halt. Senior Ashley Gilpin fueled a decisive third-quarter run, leading Mayfield to a 57-49 win over the Lady Wildcats in the Class 5A girls state title game Friday at The Pit. Gilpen finished with a […]

Lady Cats’ coach a pussycat

Clovis High girls basketball coach Miles Watters talks to his team during a practice on Thursday as Los Lunas High School. The Lady Wildcats face Mayfield at 8:45 p.m. tonight in the Class 5A girls state championship game. Photo by Rick White By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — His salt-and-pepper hair isn’t the only thing that […]

Lady Cats send Gallup packing

Clovis junior Melissa Roberts and Gallup’s Stephanie look to the official for a call after their first-half collision in Wednesday’s Class 5A girls state semifinal game at The Pit in Albuquerque. Jones was called for a foul. Photo by Eric Kluth By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — As Gallup reached the bottom of the ramp leading […]

Lady Cats state bound

Clovis senior Monique Walker grabs one of her game-high 10 rebounds. CNJ staff photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White Tori Quintana’s teammates made sure she’d play another game. Senior Monique Walker muscled her way to 15 points and 10 rebounds and Aimee Hilburn added 11 points and six assists as the Clovis Lady Wildcats […]

Lady Cats clip Eagles

Clovis freshman Tori Northcutt drives past Eldorado’s Kristen Johnson during Saturday’s District 4-5A tournament title game. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner Sophomore post Brittany Blackmon was unstoppable Saturday night. Blackmon poured in a season-best 30 points on 13-of-15 field goal shooting as Clovis High’s girls claimed the District 4-5A girls tournament championship […]

Lady Cats beat Hobbs again

Clovis sophomore Brittany Blackmon hauls in one of her team-high seven rebounds. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Dave Wagner Maybe the streak is headed the other way. Clovis handled the Hobbs Lady Eagles for the second time in four nights Monday night, winning 43-35 at Rock Staubus Gym in a playoff for the top […]

Coaches downplay Hobbs’ streak over Lady Cats

By Rick White Coaches like talking about streaks about as much as construction workers like talking about their feelings. Just ask Clovis coach Miles Watters and Hobbs counterpart Johnny Casaus, who are at opposite ends of one. Both said too much is being made out of Hobbs beating the Lady Wildcats seven-straight times over the […]

Lady Cats keep pace in 4-5A

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis set up a first-place showdown with nemesis Hobbs with a pair of easy wins in the Duke City. Aimee Hilburn scored 17 of her game-high 19 points in the first half and Tori Quintana added four 3-pointers and 14 points as the Lady Wildcats rode a big second quarter to […]

Lady Cats ride big second half

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — Cold shooting. Hostile road crowd. Foul trouble. A trio of obstacles the Clovis Lady Wildcats haven’t faced in a while. Regrouping at halftime, Clovis scored the first 22 points of the second half en route to a 53-28 win over Carlsbad on Tuesday in a District 4-5A game. Brittany Blackmon scored […]

Lady Cats outgun Eldorado

Clovis senior Tyisha Brown, driving to the basket against Eldorado’s Megan Hines, finished with a season-high 10 points off the bench. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Rick White Aimee Hilburn did a little bit of everything on the court, including helping a teammate reinsert a loose contact lens. Fouled on the play that jarred her […]

Clovis senior grows into leadership role

Clovis senior Monique Walker blocks out Manzano’s LaToya Jackson. CNJ photo by Rick White. Rick White Monique Walker has always played a good game. Now she’s talking one, too. A three-year starter, the 5-foot-9 senior Clovis post has stepped up her leadership role this season, according to Lady Wildcats coach Miles Watters. Being more assertive […]

Unselfish Lady Cats win 9th straight

Clovis sophomore Aimee Hilburn drives to the hole. CNJ staff photo Rick White. By Rick White Tori Quintana dribbles the ball across the top of the key, patiently waiting like a lioness to pounce on prey until teammate Brittany Blackmon seals her defender down low. A feathery no-look lob pass. An easy two points. Aimee […]

Lady Cats rev up fast break

CNJ staff PAMPA — Brittany Blackmon and Aimee Hilburn took turns dominating the game as the well-rested Clovis Wildcats beat Pampa, Texas, 51-34 on Saturday in their final game before the Christmas break. Blackmon, a 5-foot-10-inch sophomore, scored all of her game-high 17 points in the first half and Hilburn (16 points), a 5-11 sophomore, […]

Lady Cats ride defense past Hereford

Clovis sophomore Aimee Hilburn goes hard to the hold during Tuesday’s game in Hereford. Hilburn finished with five points. Photo by Rick White By Rick White HEREFORD — There have been two constants this season for the Clovis Lady Wildcats. Sophomore point guard Tori Quintana is carrying the offense with her 3-point shooting and the […]

Lady Cats deep and determined

Seniors Jessica Hohn (left) and Monique Walker have been mainstays for the Lady Wildcats the past two seasons. CNJ photo by Rick White By Rick White Patience and determination. Those are the keys to this basketball season, Clovis girls coach Miles Watters said. That’s patience on Watters’ behalf to blend a sophomore class that is […]

Clovis 14s eye nationals

By Dave Wagner Most of the players on Regina Downing’s Clovis Lady Wildcats 14-and-under basketball team are fresh off a two-day camp in Las Cruces held last week. They’re busy getting ready for an even longer trip — national AAU competition at Clarksville, Tenn. The 11-member squad, many of whom are playing in AAU nationals […]

Wildcats romp into AAU championships

By Eric Butler Who could blame the 14-and-under Clovis Wildcats for thinking just a little bit past the state AAU girls basketball tournament? The tourney, being held in Clovis this weekend, will enter its last day with a showcase team — a squad that’s obliterated the rest of its field so far. The Wildcats reached […]

AAU kicks off

By Eric Butler Who could blame the 14-and-under Clovis Wildcats for thinking just a little bit past the state AAU girls basketball tournament? The tourney, being held in Clovis this weekend, will enter its last day with a showcase team — a squad that’s obliterated the rest of its field so far. The Wildcats reached […]