By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer
The Portales Rams and Lady Rams combined for a total of five selections for the annual state high school All-Star basketball games this summer.
The Portales girls placed three seniors on the annual South All-Star team that will face off against the North All-Stars this summer.
Shooting guard Briana Hernandez joined point guard Amanda Terry and center Kaycee Quick on the squad that was picked earlier this month.
“I think they played well enough to play with the best of them,” Lady Ram head coach Brenda Gomez said. “This is the ultimate thing you can get as a senior, so I hope they take advantage of it and go and play and it is a neat experience.”
Eventual state champion Hope Christian also placed three girls on the team, followed by Ruidoso’s two selections.
The Lady Rams made their seventh consecutive state championship in March but fell to the Lady Huskies. West Las Vegas led the North All-Star selections with three.
With Hope getting thrown into the South this year, the Lady Rams will get to play side-by-side with girls they played against in the state championship game.
“They deserved three (players),” Gomez said. “That’s what’s nice about the North-South is that you do get to play with some teams that you’ve gone against for a long time.”
On the boys side, the Rams placed a pair of seniors on the list. Cruz Ontiveros joined Portales’ leading scorer Chance Sherburne on a list not dominated by any one school. In fact, Portales’ two selections matched Hope Christian’s two selections and no other team had more than one player on the squad.
“I’m excited that they got picked,” Ram head coach Mark Gallegos said. “They both deserve it. They’re a couple of kids who basically started for us the last two years.”
District rivals Lovington and NMMI both placed one player each on the list— NMMI’s Connor Williamson and Lovington’s Brad Voight.
The Rams won the District 4-3A regular season and tournament championship before losing at home to Las Vegas-Robertson in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament.
The fifth annual All-Star girls game and the seventh annual boys game will be played July 13 on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University in
Las Vegas, New Mexico.