Lady Rams’ solid play overwhelms Goddard

By Dave Wagner

Bethany Self was hot, and her teammates kept on feeding her.
Self, a 5-foot-11 freshman, took advantage of crisp passes to score a career-best 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting Tuesday night as Portales High’s girls rolled over Roswell Goddard 64-37 at the PHS gym.
The Lady Rams collected 18 assists — spread among 10 players — in shooting 67 percent from the field (24-of-36).
Self’s total wasn’t all that far off what the team scored in a 39-29 loss at Texas Class 1A power Sudan on Friday.
“We’ve been working really hard in practice, and everything just paid off,” said Self, who also had four rebounds and an assist. “Our coaches have really worked with us on our intensity and tonight I got more mentally tough, I guess.”
Self scored 11 points as the Lady Rams (8-9) cruised to a 23-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. PHS converted each of its first five shots, all with an assist, then Self rebounded a missed 3-pointer by Ashleah Richards and laid it in for a 12-0 lead midway through the period.
Portales hit 9-of-11 shots in the first period, with eight assists.
“I was very excited with all parts of our game,” PHS girls coach Brenda Gomez said. “We haven’t shot like that before, and we played good, aggressive defense without putting (Goddard) at the foul line.”
Richards added 14 points, four rebounds and four assists, and the Lady Rams also converted 12-of-15 free throws.
“Ashleah made some good passes, and she’s always tough on the boards,” Gomez said.
Self said that while she knew she was having a good night, she wasn’t really focused on scoring.
“I wasn’t expecting it, but I just worked hard tonight,” she said. “My teammates did a really good job passing the ball and setting me up.”
The young Lady Coyotes (4-8), with a 13-player roster that includes eight sophomores, tried to stay in contention from long range. But they were 0-for-6 from 3-point distance in the first quarter and finished the game 6-of-19.
Portales, which won an earlier matchup against Goddard 58-32 in Roswell, also owned the boards in this one 25-10.
“We didn’t have any big lapses tonight,” Gomez said. “They (Lady Rams) can be a great team if they decide they’re going to work to do that.”
Junior Krissy Bowen was Goddard’s leading scorer, finishing with 13 points.

Portales 64, Roswell Goddard 37
Roswell Goddard (4-8) —
Jamie Edgett 1 0-0 3, Christine Young 0 0-0 0, Krissy Bowen 5 1-2 13, Brenna Fraze 2 0-0 5, Laura Fry 0 0-0 0, Sara Torrez 0 0-0 0, Amanda McCracken 3 0-0 7, Nicole Acevedo 1 2-2 4, Kambrea Novak 0 0-0 0, Samantha Laurence 2 0-0 5, Connie Tarango 0 0-0 0, Brianne Gomez 0 0-0 0. Totals 14-37 3-4 37.
Portales (8-9) — Tara Johnson 2-3 0-0 6, Rebekah Gonzales 0-2 0-0 0, Briana Hernandez 3-4 3-3 9, Caroline Knudson 0-0 0-1 0, Stefanie Sharrock 2-3 0-0 4, Patty Terry 0-3 0-0 0, Bethany Self 10-11 2-3 22, Amanda Terry 1-1 0-0 3, Morgan Hill 2-4 2-2 6, Montana Russell 0-0 0-0 0, Dora Garcia 0-0 0-0 0, Ashleah Richards 4-5 5-6 14. Totals 24-36 12-15 64,
Goddard 4 12 9 12 — 37
Portales 23 12 17 12 — 64
3-pointers —
Roswell Goddard 6-19 (Bowen 2, Edgett, Fraze, Lawrence, McCracken), Portales 4-10 (Johnson 2-3, A. Terry 1-1, Richards 1-2, Gonzales 0-1, Hernandez 0-1, P. Terry 0-2). Rebounds — Roswell Goddard 10, Portales 25 (Hill 6). Assists — Roswell Goddard 6, Portales 18 (Gonzales, Richards 4). Total fouls — Roswell Goddard 13, Portales 10. Fouled out — none. JV score — Portales 45, Roswell Goddard 20.