Both Portales teams took road losses Tuesday in what their coaches hope are wake-up calls for the rest of the season.
The Rams (10-11) fell to 1-2 in District 4-3A play after falling behind host Ruidoso early in a 55-36 decision, while the Goddard Lady Rockets scored a 45-37 upset over a Portales team which had won four straight.
Portales coach Brenda Gomez wasn’t happy with the rematch between the teams, especially since Portales defeated Goddard 74-44 in December.
“We weren’t defending, we weren’t playing hard,” Gomez said. “There was no excitement about the game.”
Gomez said she hoped it was a wakeup call for the girls, and that she’d probably change some things around with practices and lineups.
Chrissy Brown hit five 3-pointers and scored 23 points for Goddard, which took a 15-4 lead after the first quarter and spent the rest of the game holding off Portales (16-7).
“We didn’t play defense on her,” Gomez said. “We’d leave her … and she’d shoot a 3.”
Morgan Hill led Portales with 12 points.
The Lady Rams will be at Ruidoso Saturday.
In Ruidoso, the host Warriors put themselves in the drivers seat in district play by jumping out to a 28-18 first-half lead.
“They got off to a quick start,” Portales coach Mark Gallegos said. “We did not play any defense in the first half.”
Portales never got closer than six in the second half. Ted LaCoe led the Warriors with 19 points. Chris Adkins scored 14 points to lead Portales and Jerrod Long added 11.
Gallegos admits that the schedule does favor Portales, with a game at winless New Mexico Military Institute Friday and home games the following week against Lovington and Ruidoso. Still, he figures running the table might not be enough to overtake the Warriors, who hold a 3-0 District 4-3A record.
After needing a late comeback to beat NMMI 46-43, the Warriors have earned wins over Lovington (48-45) and the Rams.
“That was their wakeup call,” Gallegos said, “and this is going to have to be a wakeup call for us.”