Rams improve after games against Clovis

By Rick White The Portales Rams have faced Clovis on numerous occasions this season. And the Rams are better for it. “We get a little tired of playing each other,” Portales coach Mark Gallegos said. “But it’s good for us playing Clovis because they make us better.” The Rams and Wildcats will meet twice more [...]

Fort Sumner holds off Elida

Freedom Newspapers SANTA FE — Fort Sunner beat Elida 47-24 in the Class 1A Region B title game Saturday, one night after both teams had easy victories to earn state tournament berths. Sandy Fortner had 13 to lead Fort Sumner (24-4) to Saturday’s victory, while Tobea Patterson added 10. Nobody reached double figures for Elida [...]

Zias work (double) overtime for win

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By Dave Wagner The Eastern New Mexico University Zias aren’t about to go down easily. Down by 12 points with less than 13 minutes left in the second half, the Zias dug down to force overtime on a last-second baseline shot by freshman guard Heather Brown, then pulled away in the second overtime to beat [...]

Dora girls hand Melrose first district loss

Freedom Newsapers DORA — The Dora Lady Coyotes made an effort to stop Melrose six-footers Allison Cochran and Audrey Hemminger, but a combined 40 points and 34 rebounds would suggest they failed. However, the rest of the Lady Buffs scored just seven points, and host Dora cruised to a 61-47 victory Tuesday night. Kassandra Clark [...]

Melrose girls get long-awaited win over Elida

By Dave Wagner MELROSE — It’s been a while since the Melrose girls beat Elida in basketball. So long, in fact, that no one could remember for sure the last time it happened after the Lady Buffaloes rode 30-of-38 free throw shooting and double-figure scoring from four players to a 67-53 whipping of the Lady [...]

Logan holds off Dora in second half

By Kevin Wilson TEXICO — With tough schedules earlier in the season, Dora and Logan were better than their combined records of 5-11 might suggest. With 8-1 Texico waiting in the bracket, though, it was the Lady Longhorns that were able to hit crucial jumpers and start off the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference tournament with [...]

Clovis cruises past Portales

By Rick White CLOVIS — Portales had no answer for Clovis’ inside attack. Twin posts Brittany Blackmon and Monique Walker combined for 34 points and 11 rebounds as Clovis manhandle the smaller Lady Rams in the paint en route to a 57-39 win Wednesday in the championship game of the Plateau Classic at Rock Staubus [...]

Rams off to 2-0 start

Freedom Newspapers SHALLOWATER, Texas — For the second time in three seasons, the Portales Rams are in the championship game of the Shallowater Shootout. The Rams (2-0) won a pair of games on Thursday, beating Tulia 51-39 and host Shallowater 46-45. Portales will face Trinity Christian (Lubbock) at 7 p.m. (MST) tonight at Shallowater High [...]

Zias take easy win at Central Oklahoma

Freedom Newspapers EDMOND, Okla. — Junior post Loren Scarlett’s 3-pointer put Eastern New Mexico University ahead for good early in the second half and the Zias went on to beat Central Oklahoma 69-54 Thursday night in a Lone Star Conference women’s crossover game. Scarlett led four players in double figures with 15 points as Eastern [...]

Greyhounds drop third-straight

Freedom Newspapers LUBBOCK — Turns out three was a bad number for the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds. The Lubbock Christian threesome of Brandon Jones, Mario Muzurovic and Eric Sheets combined for 12 3-pointers as the Chaparrals handed Eastern its third-straight loss, a 77-73 setback Monday night at Rip Griffin Center. Sheets came off the bench [...]