By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers
Vicki Huber and Sabrina Villanueva led the Lady Rams with 11 points each, as Portales dominated the Carlsbad Cavegirls from start to finish Tuesday night at Portales High School and came away with a 62-39 victory.
“I think everybody that was in there took care of business,” Portales head coach Brenda Gomez said. “I think we played to our capability a lot of the time. At some point, we started watching the scoreboard but I think for the most part we did good.”
Shyla Carthel scored 10 points, and joined Huber and Villanueva as one of three Lady Rams scoring in double figures.
“I felt like we all did really good,” Huber said. “Our teamwork was awesome, it was really good tonight.”
The Portales girls jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead thanks to some early baskets from sophomore Tara Johnson and senior post Kaycee Quick.
The Lady Rams led 15-6 after the first quarter, but midway through the second period Portales broke away.
Portales outscored Carlsbad 20-10 in the second quarter, to take a 35-16 half-time lead with Huber leading the charge with 7 points in the second period.
“That’s one of the first times that we’ve had an opportunity to play with confidence,” Gomez said. “I thought we played really hard and were able to get good shot opportunities because we passed so well and moved the ball so effectively.”
The Lady Rams moved the ball effectively in the second half as well, on the way to their sixth win of the season.
Jill Marshall led the Cavegirls with 11 points followed by Tabree Holcomb with 10 and Vianca Villegas with 9 points.
“We’re just really tight, and we’re all working together. We’re all close and we’re clicking,” Huber said. “I think we’re going to be at the top of our game once district comes. (Tonight) we passed the ball, our turnovers were low, they weren’t as bad as they have been in the past and we worked together, usually we’re dependent upon one person to do things, and tonight we worked as a team.”
Although Johnson finished with just 4 points, she collected several Cavegirl turnovers.
“I think we played good as a team,” Johnson said. “We ran our plays good, we saw the open person pretty easy, we just know where each other are. We were really excited when we got in the locker room and coach told us that we did good, but we’re going to have a tough game (on Thursday) against Roswell.”
The top-ranked (according to N.M. Gameday coaches poll) Lady Rams (6-7) host the top ranked team in Class 4A the Roswell High Lady Coyotes Thursday night.