Lady Rams capture Denver City crown

CMI staff

DENVER CITY, Texas — The Portales High girls took care of their main rivals, then grabbed a tournament championship.

A late invite into the Denver City Shootout, the Lady Rams won twice on Saturday — beating District 4-3A rival Lovington 48-42 in the semifinals before routing Abernathy, Texas, 60-34 in the championship game.

Sophomore Kambrey Blakey scored 22 points as PHS rallied down the stretch to beat Lovington, then added 25 points in the final to finish with 64 points in the tournament.

Portales held senior guard Jocelyn Jeffery, who scored 70 points in the first two games this season for Lovington (2-1), to just 12.

“They’re the two-time defending (Class 3A) state champions, and they’ve got a girl scoring 35 points a game,” first-year PHS coach Wade Fraze said of the Lady Wildcats. “Beating Roswell (High) in Roswell (as Lovington did in its opener), that’s not easy to do.”

Blakey scored 12 of her points in the final period as the Lady Rams outscored Lovington 19-11. Sophomore Sheraya Cox added 12 points for PHS, while Ryane Haley added 12 points for Lovington.

In the finals, the Lady Rams dominated the last three quarters to roll to the championship. Junior McKenzie Bucksath and sophomore Bailey Rowley backed up Blakey’s performance with career highs of 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Portales led 15-12 at the end of the first quarter.

“Our pressure kind of got to them,” Fraze said. “They weren’t real big, and I think our size kind of got to them too.”

Anna Younger scored eight points and Madelyn Turner and Bailey Houston had seven each for Abernathy.

The Lady Rams return to action on Thursday in the Moriarty Invitational.

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