Lady Rams win tourney, lose Kabrick

By Kevin Wilson

The Portales Lady Rams earned a first-place trophy at the Lady Horsemen Invitational in Santa Fe over the weekend. But they may get some unwelcome news for Christmas.
The Lady Rams (9-2) won all three games in Santa Fe over the weekend, including a 49-36 win over Hatch Valley in Saturday’s title game, but have likely lost sophomore post Megan Kabrick for the remainder of the season.
Portales coach Brenda Gomez said that nothing definite will be known until later in the week — Kabrick was scheduled to have an MRI on Monday — but she feared an ACL injury.
Ed Kabrick, Megan’s father and the athletic trainer at Eastern New Mexico University, said that he took her to Dr. Joel Sievers on Monday for observation and planned a Tuesday visit to Dr. Bill Barnhill at the Panhandle Sports Medicine Institute. While he said they are still not completely sure of the severity of Megan’s injury, all signs are pointing to surgery.
As for Saturday’s game, Kassandra Richards led three Portales players in double figures with 16 points, and a 20-11 first quarter gave the Lady Rams enough of a cushion for the rest of the night.
“We got some steals and made three 3-pointers in the first quarter,” Gomez said. “We played a man (defense) and got some steals and scored some baskets pretty quick. They played a zone and we got some open looks at 3-pointers.”
Gomez said the Bears were impressive for a Class 2A team, especially post Adriana Najario. Najario had a team-high 16 against a Portales frontline that was without Kabrick.
Roni Gomez had 12 and Erika Cook 10 for a Portales team that was never seriously threatened by Hatch Valley. A 16-4 third put the game out of reach and gave the Lady Rams a 42-22 lead.
Portales is off on a holiday break. The Lady Rams will play again Monday at the Clovis Classic. They are scheduled to play the Clovis junior varsity team in a 9 a.m. game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium.