Lady Rams rout Ruidoso to clinch title

By Todd Fuqua: Special to the PNT

RUIDOSO — For one quarter at least, it looked as though the Ruidoso Lady Warriors had a plan against Portales — effective pressure defense, plus a spectacular buzzer-beating halfcourt shot from Allison Rigsby.
Then the Lady Rams began slowing the game down and used their superior size and outside shooting to roll to a 60-34 win, clinching the District 4-3A girls regular-season title.
Portales (12-11, 4-2) will now await the winner of next week’s Lovington-Ruidoso game in the finals of the district tournament.
“Things are more consistent for these kids now,” said PHS girls coach Brenda Gomez, in her second game back after dealing with the death of a sister which caused her to miss several games. “With my family situation, the kids weren’t real focused, but Sharon Max and the other assistants did a real good job while I was away.”
Senior guard Patty Terry highlighted a 15-0 run with three 3-pointers as the Lady Rams took control of the game. Terry finished with a team-high 11 points while junior Ashleah Richards added 10 for a Portales team which dominated with the help of its inside game.
“We didn’t convert (shots), we were nervous and we didn’t go to the hole (basket),” Ruidoso girls coach Greg Marez said. “If you don’t convert, you’re not going to win.”
The Lady Rams posted a 33-15 rebounding edge over Ruidoso (14-11, 2-3), led by 6-foot-1 junior Morgan Hill with seven despite the fact that she sprained an ankle in practice on Monday.
The Lady Warriors, led by Rigsby’s 10 points, mounted a brief 4-0 run in the third quarter. But Gomez — wise to their streaky tendencies — pulled the ball out and spread the floor.
“We’re not a patient team, and (we) have to realize what the score is and what we have to do,” she said. “Actually, we were shooting pretty good, so I might have made a mistake to hold them back.”
Marez said his team’s problem was more mental than anything else. Ruidoso won by eight points in Portales, but suffered two double-digit losses at home to the Lady Rams in district play.
“We came out unprepared, and I don’t think I prepared them right,” he said. “Now we have to get their minds focused again.”

District 4-3A
Portales 60, Ruidoso 34
Portales (12-11, 4-2) —
Tara Johnson 1 0-0 2, Rebekah Gonzales 0 0-0 0, Briana Hernandez 3 0-0 7, Caroline Knudson 1 0-0 3, Stefanie Sharrock 0 0-0 0, Megan Kabrick 3 0-0 6, Patty Terry 4 0-0 11, Bethany Self 4 0-0 8, Amanda Terry 1 2-4 4, Morgan Hill 4 1-3 9, Montana Russell 0 0-0 0, Dora Garcia 0 0-0 0, Ashleah Richards 4 1-2 10. Totals 25 4-9 60.
Ruidoso (14-11, 2-3) — Rebekah Hedin 0 0-0 0, Allison Rigsby 3 2-2 10, Lynette Woodward 1 0-2 2, Katie Coronado 2 0-0 4, Kristen Miller 0 0-0 0, Jessica Gibson 1 0-2 2, Kara Sparks 0 1-2 1, Lacie Garcia 1 0-0 3, Jeanette Zagone 1 0-0 2, Christine Brown 3 0-0 6, Elisa Vigil 1 1-1 3, Beth Robinson 0 1-2 1. Totals 13 5-11 34.
Portales 10 18 12 20 — 60
Ruidoso 11 6 9 8 — 34
3-pointers —
Portales (6): P. Terry 3, Hernandez, Knudson, Richards. Ruidoso (3): Rigsby 2, L. Garcia. Rebounds — Portales 33 (Hill 7), Ruidoso 15 (Brown, Coronado, Sparks 3). Total fouls — Portales 10, Ruidoso 11.