LITTLEFIELD — The Portales Lady Rams are halfway to a championship in Littlefield’s Classic.
Standing in the immediate way is the host team.
Sophomore Kambrey Blakey scored in double figures in both games and the Lady Rams improved to 9-1 by beating Smyer 44-28 in the afternoon and Sudan 47-40 at night on Thursday to reach the tournament semifinals.
The take on the host Lady Wildcats at 5:30 p.m. (MST) today.
Blakey scored 19 points and fellow sophomore Sheraya Cox added 12 in the quarterfinal matchup with the Hornettes. Portales never trailed and led the entire game after a couple of early ties.
The Lady Rams broke the game open by outscoring Sudan 17-10 in the third quarter, building a 13-point lead.
“We kind of put some distance between ourselves and them,” PHS coach Wade Fraze said. “The fourth quarter, we relaxed too soon and they kind of stepped it up.”
Snyder and Post play the final first-round game this morning in the 16-team event. That winner takes on Wellington at 8:30 p.m. (MST) tonight and will advance to Saturday’s other semifinal, set for 10 a.m. (MST), against the winner of a quarterfinal matchup between Farwell and Claude this afternoon.
The championship is set for 5:30 p.m. (MST) on Saturay.
Portales 44, Smyer 28 — Blakey tallied 15 points and senior guard Francis Armijo added 11 for the Lady Rams, who dominated the second half after leading by just four points at the intermission.
“It wasn’t so much what we did right in the second half; it was more of what we did wrong in the first half,” Fraze said. “We didn’t come in foused, we didn’t defend well and didn’t block out and then we’d get rebounds and lose them out of bounds.
“We missed I-don’t-know-how-many point-blank shots we normally convert. In the second half, we did better in all of those areas, and in the fourth quarter our press bothered them a little bit.”
Portales posted a 15-5 scoring edge from the free throw line in the contest. Alyssa Martinez led the Lady Bobcats with nine points.