So far, so good for Sharon Max filling in as the Portales High girls basketball assistant.
The Lady Rams have begun District 4-3A play with wins over Lovington (70-26) and Ruidoso (55-39), the latter on the road. Tonight, they travel again for a 7 p.m. rematch at Lovington.
Max, a graduate assistant, has taken the reins during the first two district games for longtime head coach Brenda Gomez, who has been away much of the past couple of weeks to be with a seriously ill sister. Gomez coached the team in practice for three days last week before leaving again on Sunday to be with her sister in Farmington.
Max said she doesn’t expect the Lady Rams (10-9, 2-0 district) to have anywhere near as easy a time tonight as they did in the earlier matchup with Lovington (8-12, 1-1), which bounced back to beat Ruidoso 48-44 at home on Friday.
“They’re a good team,” she said of the Lady Wildcats. “They had a hard time shooting the last time, but they’re a good team and we’re going to approach them that way.
“We’re not going to fall asleep on Lovington. They’re going to come back fighting.”
Portales could essentially wrap up the district regular-season title this week by beating Lovington and, on Friday night at home, Ruidoso (11-9, 0-2).
“If we take care of business this week, I think we’ll be OK,” Max said. “We just want to go into each game making sure we’re playing hard and doing the right things.”