How badly does the Clovis West High girls basketball team want to keep its five-year-plus Tri-River Athletic Conference winning streak intact?
If you ask Golden Eagles junior Madison Campbell, she’ll says it’s “one game at a time.” But junior Aari’yanna Sanders wears it on her sleeve.
“Keeping that TRAC streak is very important this season,” says Sanders, who led the Golden Eagles with 23 points Wednesday night in a 63-54 victory over Clovis North. “This year, I think everyone just pretty much much put us out of the race, and we have to show them that we are still the same Clovis West that has been dominating the league for the past 12 years. That’s the whole point of our slogan this year, “They Talk, We Play.”
Clovis West rolled to the state open division championship last season with a senior-dominated team.
Clovis West is on a 54-game TRAC winning streak dating to the start of the 2013 league season.
A big crowd turned out at Clovis North for the showdown between No. 1 Clovis West (21-3, 4-0) and the No. 2 Broncos (19-3, 3-1). Clovis North brought in a six-game winning streak and certainly has the credentials to be the streak-stopper. The Broncos went ahead 54-53 before the Golden Eagles closed it out with 10 straight points.
“I’ve never thought about the streak,” Campbell said. “Obviously, this year we don’t plan on losing, but we just hope to keep winning and do our thing. We believe if we can do our thing, we’ll be successful.”
Clovis West’s last TRAC loss was 43-30 to Clovis to end the 2012 season. The Cougars are Clovis West’s next opponent on Friday at home.
“We’re more concerned about the next game for us,” Clovis West coach Craig Campbell said. “Just getting to 4-0 in league, with such a young team and losing so much last year, that was really our focus. We’re not worried about the streak. We’re just focused on this year and what game is next. This was our big one. Friday our big one will be Clovis.”
A big return in time for CMAC showdown
San Joaquin Memorial senior forward Dameane Douglas returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing 15 games with an ankle injury.
Better news for the top-ranked Panthers: He didn’t miss a beat. Douglas finished with 20 points in an 82-51 victory over Madera South.
Before suffering the injury at the Clovis West Nike Showdown in early December, he was averaging 35.0 points per game.
Memorial (16-5, 3-1) will host No. 3 Bullard (17-5, 4-0) in a County/Metro Athletic Conference showdown Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Milestone for Hanford boys coach
Hanford High boys coach Brad Felder notched his 500th career victory when the Bullpups defeated Lemoore 80-69 on Jan. 19.
Felder started at Washington Union in 1993 and was there until 1995 before going to Hanford in 1996.
Mark Hatton of Tulare Union picked up his 500th in a 69-35 win over Delano on Jan. 16.
Former Bakersfield High coach Mark Hutson is the Central section career leader with 511.
Selma girls basketball coach gets to 500
Selma coach Paul Romig picked up his 500th career coaching victory when Selma rolled past Exeter 64-44 on Jan. 19.
Romig’s career has taken him from Del Campo-Sacramento to Sheldon-Sacramento, Mountain View and Clovis.
The Bee’s Top 10 basketball rankings
Records through Jan. 25
1. San Joaquin Memorial
2. Clovis West
7. Tulare Western
1. Clovis West
2. Clovis North
6. Sierra Pacific
8. Mission Oak