Clovis moves to 20-0 with rout of Artesia

By Dave Wagner

dwagner@cnjonline.com

Artesia’s girls were up against it Friday night, even if Clovis High didn’t come out smoking.

CMI staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis senior Brandi Gomez gets her hand on a pass between Artesia’s Brandi Kimble, left, and Alexis Aguirre in the first quarter Friday night at Rock Staubus Gymnasium.

CMI staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Clovis senior Brandi Gomez gets her hand on a pass between Artesia’s Brandi Kimble, left, and Alexis Aguirre in the first quarter Friday night at Rock Staubus Gymnasium.

Junior Danni Williams poured in 23 points and the Lady Wildcats opened a 27-point lead on 11-of-12 first-quarter shooting — including 6-of-7 from 3-point range — in cruising past the Lady Bulldogs 78-26 at Rock Staubus Gym.

Ironically, the only miss in the period was a 3-point airball by Williams, who still finished with two 3s and 13 points in the period.

Clovis coach Jeff Reed said he anticipated the Lady Cats (20-0), who extended their overall winning streak to 26 games and their homecourt run to 36 in a row, would have a good night.

“We came out on fire, but I had a feeling we would because we shot well in our shootaround today,” he said. “I didn’t expect us to come out with that much fire, but we took them right out of the game.”

Senior guard Brandi Gomez added 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting and added a team-high four assists, while senior forward Carrie Sharp went 5-for-5 from the floor (two 3s) for 12 points and added six rebounds.

“A lot of people were shooting well tonight, which was good,” Sharp said. “We came out with a lot of energy and put them away early.”

All five starters scored inside the first 4 1/2 minutes as the Lady Cats opened a 22-0 lead. Senior guard Kyleigh Guthals, starting again for the injured Nichele Hyman, finished with a season-best nine points.

It was 46-9 at halftime, leading to a running clock. The Lady Bulldogs (12-8) managed to get the margin under 35 just briefly when play resumed before Williams scored seven consecutive points in an 11-0 run that made it a 45-point lead with three minutes left in the third stanza.

CMI staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis junior Nichele Hyman is fouled by Artesia’s Madison Houghtaling, left, in the second quarter Friday night at Rock Staubus Gymnasium.

CMI staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Clovis junior Dee Briggins is fouled by Artesia’s Madison Houghtaling, left, in the second quarter Friday night at Rock Staubus Gymnasium.

Sharp said the Lady Cats, who play at Roswell Goddard today, are anxious to get into the meatier games coming up in district play and postseason, beginning with Friday’s District 4-5A opener at fourth-ranked Hobbs (18-3).

“They’re going to be tough,” she said. “It’s good to have some of these games to get us ready for that.”

Artesia was outrebounded 34-19 and shot 29 percent from the floor (10-for-35), including 0-for-8 from 3-point range.

“Our overall defense was great, especially our man-to-man,” Reed said. “They couldn’t do a whole lot, and that created a lot of easy points for us.”

Junior post Madison Houghtaling led the Lady Bulldogs with eight points.

 

Girls

Non-district

Clovis 78, Artesia 26

Artesia (12-8) — Madison Willingham 1 2-2 4, Hailey Riggs 0 0-0 0, Brandy Kimble 1 2-2 4, Tiffany Cano 0 0-0 0, Taysia Price 0 0-0 0, Santana Calvillo 0 0-0 0, Mariah Chee 0 0-0 0, Alexis Aguirre 3 1-2 7, Alyssa Garcia 0 0-0 0, Anna Gonzales 1 1-3 3, Madison Houghtaling 4 0-0 8, Autumn Montoya 0 0-0 0. Totals 10-35 6-9 26.

Clovis (20-0) — Brandi Gomez 7-9 0-0 16, Danni Williams 10-20 3-3 26, Ashley Gallagher 1-1 0-0 2, Kyleigh Guthals 4-7 0-0 9, Holly Duval 0-0 0-0 0, Carrie Sharp 5-5 0-0 12, Serena Garcia 0-0 0-0 0, Kajlee Huysmans 0-1 1-2 1, Dee Briggins 1-2 1-2 3, Mariah Chavez 1-1 0-0 2, Shelby Jones 2-3 2-6 6, Kansas Huysman 0-0 0-0 0, Lakeyia Wilkins 0-4 1-2 1. Totals 31-53 8-15 78.

Artesia 4 5 8 9 — 26

Clovis 31 15 16 16 — 78

3-pointers — Artesia 0-8, Clovis 8-13 (Williams 3-5, Sharp 2-2, Gomez 2-3, Guthals 1-2, Kaj. Huysmans 0-1). Rebounds — Artesia 19, Clovis 34 (Wilkins 8). Assists — Artesia n/a, Clovis 14 (Gomez 4). Total fouls — Artesia 8, Clovis 10. Fouled out — none. Junior varsity — Clovis 63, Artesia 25.

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