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Carlsbad swings big clubs at home against Artesia

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Artesia High Lady Dogs head coach Jeff Houghtaling and assistant coach Jayde Burnell watch the girls practice before hitting the floor against Carlsbad in the Cave City Friday night. The Cavemen and the Cavegirls swept their in-county rivals. (Mike Smith Photo)

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CARLSBAD — Part one of the Eddy County Basketball War goes to Carlsbad.

Junior Cody Smith scored 19 points in a losing effort as the Carlsbad Cavemen (4-6) edged the Artesia Bulldogs (4-3) 51-42 Friday night.

Carlsbad sophomores Josh Sillas and Shamar Smith scored in double figures for the home side.

Artesia heads to Roswell Dec. 28 through Dec. 30 for the Poe Corn Tournament and will open with Los Alamos in a 6 p.m. game.

In the opening game of the basketball doubleheader, Carlsbad junior Carsyn Boswell scored 25 points, including 9 points from downtown in the opening period as the Cavegirls (11-2) clubbed the Lady Bulldogs (4-3) 73-40.

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“I thought we did a lot of good stuff in the first half especially,” said Jeff Houghtaling Artesia’s head coach.

Despite the first quarter long shots from Boswell, Artesia was able to stay close with the Cavegirls as the score was 21-13 at the end of the period.

Senior Alexa Riggs sank a three-pointer of her own and senior Gracie Puentes made some key shots from the foul line and the floor in the opening period.

Puentes was Artesia’s leading scorer with 15 points.

The Cavegirls would outscore Artesia in the second period, 14-11 and extended the lead to 35-24 at the half.

The third period was Artesia’s downfall as Carlsbad outscored them 26-6 and had a commanding 61-30 lead at the end of the quarter.

“In the second half we got a lot of the good shots that we wanted to, we didn’t make some,” Houghtaling said. “We let it get away from us.”

Houghtaling added,”the only thing I’m disappointed in is the score. Carlsbad is pretty good.”

Artesia will have some time off for Christmas and then the team will head to Los Lunas for a three day tournament Dec. 28 through Dec. 30.

The Lady Dogs will play Bloomfield in the opening game.

“We’re gonna have a Merry Christmas first,” Houghtaling said. “Then we’re gonna have a little practice next week before we hit the trail and get ready to play Bloomfield.”

Houghtaling added,”it’s gonna be a good quality 5-A opponent for us, we’re excited about that.”

“We don’t come to Carlsbad with the season on the hinge,” he said. “We come out here to use it as an opportunity to get better, we run the stuff that we run tonight and we could’ve tried to scheme and game plan and do a bunch of different things to slow her (Boswell) down or do something different, I thought this will serve us down the road.”

Houghtaling said the game allowed his team to get some more practice time in and get better as the season wears on.

The Bulldogs and Lady Dogs will look to even the score on Jan. 16 in Artesia.