Portales sweeps Saturday Shoot Out games

By Dave Wagner

CMI sports writer

dwagner@cnjonline.com

Tularosa’s speed and quickness caused the Portales Lady Rams some problems Saturday night. The Lady Wildcats just didn’t have the size to make a game of it.

CMI staff photo: Tony BullocksPortales sophomore Sheraya Cox shoots a jump shot from the lane during the first half of Saturday’s game against Tularosa in the Portales Shoot Out at the RAC. PHS won 63-39, improving to 13-1 for the season.

CMI staff photo: Tony BullocksPortales sophomore Sheraya Cox shoots a jump shot from the lane during the first half of Saturday’s game against Tularosa in the Portales Shoot Out at the RAC. PHS won 63-39, improving to 13-1 for the season.

 

Sophomore Kambrey Blakey scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds while her backup, junior McKenzie Bucksath, added 10 points and nine boards as the Lady Rams cruised to a 63-39 win in the Portales Shoot Out at the Ram Athletic Center.

While the Class 2A Wildcats (9-4) played at a faster pace than PHS would normally like, the Lady Rams adjusted well enough that they maintained a comfortable lead throughout.

“I’ve seen them play and the just play at a frenetic pace,” Lady Rams coach Wade Fraze said. “They just never let up.”

Blakey scored all 10 PHS points in the first quarter, including the game’s first seven. Bucksath took over in the second period, posting six points and five rebounds as the Lady Rams (13-1) stretched their advantage to 27-19 at halftime.

“She really came in and stepped it up,” Fraze said of Bucksath. “She gives us some stability off the bench.

“I have no problem putting her in. She’s like another starter out there.”

Bucksath said the nine rebounds was a season high for her. She fell two points short of her scoring high.

She and her teammates were challenged to keep up with the small-but-quick Lady Wildcats.

“Definitely, but we knew we have a post advantage, so we try to utilize that,” Bucksath said. “I think we adjusted well to their speed.”

Portales posted a 40-28 edge on the boards. The Lady Rams committed an unsightly 31 turnovers, but forced Tularosa into 26 floor errors.

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks Portales sophomore Kambrey Blakey drives past Tularosa senior Valerie Mendez during t he first half of Saturday’s game against Tularosa in the Portales Shoot Out at the Ram Athletic Center. Blakey finished with 24 points and nine rebounds in the Lady Rams’ 63-39 victory.

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Portales sophomore Kambrey Blakey drives past Tularosa senior Valerie Mendez during t he first half of Saturday’s game against Tularosa in the Portales Shoot Out at the Ram Athletic Center. Blakey finished with 24 points and nine rebounds in the Lady Rams’ 63-39 victory.

“That’s totally unacceptable,” Fraze said of the turnovers. “They were quick, but I thought we played into their hands.”

Junior guard Kyanne Kowatch led the Lady Wildcats with 15 points, including 9-of-10 from the free throw line. Sophomore reserve Aviana Garcia added 10 points.

Coach Joe Estrada said his team benefited from playing “up,” losing to Class 4A Roswell Goddard on Friday and to the Class 3A Lady Rams on Saturday.

“We’re awfully small, but that’s what we’re going to be,” Estrada said. “It was good experience for us.

“I thought we handled ourselves pretty well. We just didn’t have the size.”

 

PHS boys 72, Las Vegas Robertson 44 — The Rams bounced back from Friday night’s loss to West Las Vegas, racing to a 26-5 lead after one quarter.

“The kids played with a lot of energy,” Rams coach Rickie McBroom said. “We played with a great amount of composure. We got a lot of our offense off our defense.”

The Rams (8-5) used a variety of pressure defenses to overwhelm the Cardinals (3-10), who were coming off a win on Friday ove Santa Fe Indian. All 12 Portales players scofred, led by senior Nathan Chavez with 15 points and sophomore reserve Bronte Staugaard, who went 10-of-14 from the free throw line en route to 14 points.

Portales returns to action in a four-team, round-robin next weekend, hosted by St. Michael’s. PHS plays Silver at 7 p.m. omn Thursday, Wingate at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and the host Horsemen at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Portales Shoot Out

Boys

Portales 72, LV Robertson 44

Robertson (3-11) — Brandon Trujillo 1 1-2 3, Brandon Maes 2 0-0 4, James Gonzales 2 2-4 6, Ricardo Martinez 6 3-4 15, Joe Armijo 0 0-2 0, Chris Quintana 3 1-4 8, Sebastian Gonzales 2 1-3 6, Michael Salas 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 8-19 44.

Portales (8-5) — Matt Maritnez 2 2-3 6, Jarret Faust 3 1-3 7, Ben Martinez 1 0-1 2, Isaiah Alvarado 2 0-0 4, Daniel Sanchez 3 1-3 7, Caleb Burciaga 1 1-4 3, Marcos Lucero 1 2-2 5, Zach Campbell 2 1-3 5, Bronte Staugaard 2 10-14 14, Paul Conrow 1 0-5 2, John Young 1 0-0 2, Nathan Chavez 4 4-7 15. Totals 23 22-45 72.

Roberttson 5 13 5 21 — 44

Portales 26 9 19 18 — 72

3-pointes — Las Vegas Robertson, S. Gonzales, Quintana. Portales, Chavez 3, Lucero.

 

Girls

Portales 63, Tularosa 39

Tularosa (9-4) — Valerie Mendez 1 0-0 2, Shania Gilliland 2 1-2 5, Ashley Toclanny 0 0-2 0, Cassie Vickery 2 1-4 5, Kaitlyn Silva 0 0-0 0, Adrianna Secatero 0 0-0 0, Aviana Garcia 3 4-4 10, Lauren Silva 0 2-4 2, Christina Diaz 0 0-0 0, Kyanne Kowatch 3 9-10 15. Totals 11 17-28 39.

Portales (13-1) — Francis Armijo 1 2-5 4, Bailey Rowley 2 0-0 4, Sheraya Cox 3 0-2 6, Amanda Schmidt 0 0-0 0, Brooke Lopez 1 1-2 3, Kambrey Blakey 7 10-14 24, Kacie Terry 0 2-2 2, Kaycee Leary 0 0-0 0, Simone Laurenz 2 0-0 4, Savannah Vincent 2 2-3 6, McKenzie Bucksath 3 4-4 10. Totals 21 21-32 63.

Tularosa 6 13 10 10 — 39

Portales 10 17 21 15 — 63

3-pointers — none. Rebounds — Tularosa 28, Portales 40 (Blakey, Bucksath 9). Assists — Tularosa n/a, Portales 7 (Cox 2). Total fouls — Tularosa 21, Portales 21. Fouled out — none.

 

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