The Carlsbad girl’s basketball season came to an unexpected end following a dominant district win against Roswell on April 27. The Cavegirls were scheduled to close out the regular season against district rival Hobbs on April 30 but a COVID-19 outbreak among the team forced Carlsbad to withdraw from the game and were not eligible to participate in the postseason due to the two-week quarantine.
Under first year head coach Matt Enloe the Cavegirls went 7-3 overall and 4-1 in district play. Two of the losses (Portales and Hobbs) came at the hands of teams that not only qualified for the postseason but reached at least the semifinals in their respective classification.
The good news for the Cavegirls is the majority of the team will return next season with the graduation of just one player: Senior guard Hasana Akinloye. The majority of the team leaders were either juniors or sophomores.
Twelve Cavegirls played at least half the games on the schedule and eight played in at least seven contests. Here’s who led the team in the categories and how these girls finished the season.
Allie Meyers, Sophomore #32
Meyers did a bit of everything on the court and led the Cavegirls in both scoring (10.7), rebounds (8.7), steals (4.1) and blocks (2.4) in her seven games.
Morgan Boatwright, Junior #21
Boatwright played in all 10 games for the Cavegirls and averaged 6.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.1 assists a game. Boatwright led the team in 2-point field goal percentage, making exactly half her shots attempted.
Mariana Sepulveda, Sophomore #13
Sepulveda played all 10 games and averaged 5.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.8 assists. She also scored the game-winning basket against the Artesia Lady Bulldogs to start off the season.
Kilea Estrada, Sophomore #22
Estrada played in all 10 games for Carlsbad. She averaged 5.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 0.8 assists. She was the co-leader in free throw percentage on the team, going 14-for-20 (70 percent).
Aaliyah Jones, Junior #23
Jones played all 10 games and averaged 4.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.2 assists.
Hasana Akinloye, Senior #3
Carlsbad’s lone senior this year played in all 10 games. She led the team with 32 total steals and made free throws (19). She averaged 3.9 points, 3.2 steals, 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists.
Dominique Chacon, Sophomore #10
Chacon was the co-leader in free throw percentage on the team, going 14-for-20 (70 percent). In her seven games she averaged 3.3 points, 1.4 assists, 1.4 rebounds and one steal per game.
Abbey Dugan, 8th grade #12
Dugan played in seven games and averaged 3.3 rebounds, 3.0 points, 1.3 assists and one steal per game.
Matthew Asher can be reached at 575-628-5524, firstname.lastname@example.org or @Caveman_Masher on Twitter.