By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer
Shooting 60 percent in high school basketball is a lot like deodorant. When you have that, a lot of other things don’t stink.
Portales did that in the first half and stayed close to that mark throughout the game, and a 19-0 run through the first and second quarters was more than enough of an advantage for the host Lady Rams to clobber visiting Goddard 74-44 Thursday night.
Portales (5-3) jumped out to a 20-point lead midway through the second quarter and never really had too much trouble with Goddard, despite 22 turnovers and a five-minute stretch in the second half without a field goal.
Junior Briana Hernandez led three Portales players in double figures with 18 points, including 3-of-3 shooting on 3-pointers. Portales attempted only six 3-pointers all night, but hit them all to make Goddard pay for double-teams on the interior.
“We were just moving to the open spots … just repositioning when we’d give it to the posts,” Hernandez said. “We weren’t moving before (tonight’s game).”
Morgan Hill added 12 and Megan Kabrick 11 for Portales, which shot 60.8 percent (14-of-23) in the first half and shot 55.8 percent (24-of-43) for the game, while holding Goddard to 29.1 percent — 7-of-24 shooting in each half.
Goddard coach Troy Grant said the disparity in the shooting boiled down to Portales dominating the transition game.
“They only had to make 2-, 3-, 4-foot shots because they were getting back,” Grant said. “Their shooting percentage is going to be high.”
Portales coach Brenda Gomez could agree with Grant’s sentiment.
“I think we did a good job of pushing the ball,” Gomez said. “When they pressed us, we did a good job of getting people down the floor and seeing the open person.”
Gomez said the team probably would have to play a much different game Friday night against Hobbs, but needs the same type of shooting percentage on the inside and outside to compete with the Class 5A Lady Eagles.
“I think we did a better job of passing it to our posts and letting them kick it out when they didn’t have anything,” Gomez said.
Goddard stayed in the game early behind a pair of first-quarter treys from Krissy Bowen, one of three double-figure scorers for Goddard with 10 points.
Hernandez matched Bowen on the treys in the quarter, however, and hit a buzzer-beating trey in the first quarter while Goddard was midway in a 7:07 scoreless streak.
“The game went by really slowly, so I didn’t know we were up that much,” Hernandez said of the big lead. “Coach said we played basketball the right way.”
Portales’ lead first hit 20 when Rebekah Gonzales found Kabrick for an easy layup and jumped to 30 late in the fourth.
Jamie Edgett led Goddard with 11 points, while Samantha Lawrence added 10.
In the junior varsity contest, Portales defeated Goddard 61-38.