Fast start lifts Lady Rams for second game in row

By Dave Wagner

CMI sports writer

dwagner@cnjonline.com

About the only things similar between the Portales Lady Rams’ 64-30 win over Las Vegas Robertson on Friday night and their 59-32 trouncing of West Las Vegas on Saturday afternoon at the Ram Athletic Center were the scores, and the fact that PHS got out quickly both nights.

Eric Norwood Jr.: CMI staff photo Portales senior Savannah Vincent, right, advances the ball upcourt against West Las Vegas sophomore Deanna Bustos during Saturday’s girls matchup at the RAC. Vincent scored a career-best 17 points and grabbed a team-leading seven rebounds as PHS thumped the Lady Dons 59-32.

Eric Norwood Jr.: CMI staff photo
Portales senior Savannah Vincent, right, advances the ball upcourt against West Las Vegas sophomore Deanna Bustos during Saturday’s girls matchup at the RAC. Vincent scored a career-best 17 points and grabbed a team-leading seven rebounds as PHS thumped the Lady Dons 59-32.

 

This time, though, the quick start made a bit more difference.

The Lady Rams forced 10 turnovers on West’s first 11 possessions in building a 16-0 lead, then managed to fight back comeback efforts by the Lady Dons, who were never able to get closer than that margin but made Portales work hard on the offensive end.

Senior post Savannah Vincent scored a career-best 17 points and grabbed a team-leading seven

 

rebounds for the Lady Rams (7-1). Sophomore standouts Kambrey Blakey (13) and Sheraya Cox (10) both reached double digits, but had to work around fouls after each picked up two in the first quarter.

Senior guard Francis Armijo added eight points and a team-best four assists.

“We got off to a good start, and that helped,” PHS coach Wade Fraze said. “When they started making comebacks, it gave us a cushion.”

Blakey, who also had six rebounds, scored seven points in the early run and eventually fouled out, while Vincent and junior post McKenzie Bucksath each finished with four fouls.

 

“We don’t want to be a one-dimentional team,” Fraze said. “If one apsect of our game is not where it needs to be, I want other aspects to pick up the load.”

Playing without reserve guard Brooke Lopez (flu), the PHS bench got plenty of work with the foul issues.

“They (Lady Dons) just got more physical with us as the game went on,” Vincent said. “Coach told us he’s going to let us play with fouls so we can learn how to play with them.”

Vincent said the quick turnaround from Friday night wasn’t an issue.

“I think it’s good because when you go to state, it’s just like that,” she said.

No one reached double figures for the Lady Dons (6-3), who got eight points each from sophomore guard Deanna Bustos and sophomore forward Reyna Trujillo.

PHS will now prepare for the Wildcat Classic from Thursday through Saturay at Littlefield. The Lady Rams take on Smyer in the first round at 1 p.m. (MST) on Thursday.

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