CLOVIS — Allie Myers filled up the stat sheet for Carlsbad Friday night. The Clovis Wildcats, meanwhile, could only seem to foul theirs up.
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Myers and the visiting Cavegirls took control early, never trailing in the District 4-5A matchup and leading by double figures for the final 18:45 of a 49-25 blowout at Rock Staubus Gymnasium.
Myers, a 5-foot-11 sophomore, had 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting with 11 rebounds, five steals and a pair of blocks for Carlsbad (6-2, 3-1), and hit three of the team’s eight 3-pointers.
“We know she’s a great player,” Carlsbad coach Matt Enloe said of Myers, one of two double-figure scorers for the Cavegirls along with Aaliyah Jones’ 12-point effort. “When she plays hard, she’s tough to stop.”
Clovis shot 6-of-42 on the night, including 1-of-18 from beyond the arc, and had separate stretches of 8:13 and 7:46 without a field goal.
Wildcat coach Jeff Reed credited Carlsbad’s zone defense for making Clovis rush 3-point shots, while admitting exasperation on a night where the girls fought hard all night but no rotation or adjustment changed the narrative.
“What are you going to do,” Reed said, “if you don’t score? I was talking to the girls at halftime about how we needed to chip away offensively. I felt like the first two or three minutes of the third, we dominated. I look up, and we’re still down 12.”
Senior Hanna Nussbaumer scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting, but only four other Clovis players scored and none had more than four points.
Enloe credited some of that to an off night for Clovis, and some of that to his team’s defensive effort.
“We really stepped up our defense,” Enloe said. “We worked hard in practice on our pressure and our 2-3, and tonight it showed.”
Carlsbad, which shot 14-for-37 and 7-for-13 from 3-point land, pushed the lead to 21 early in the fourth.
Both teams were slated for action Saturday, with Carlsbad returning home to face Portales and Clovis heading to Lovington.