By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers
It may have taken awhile to get going, but once the Lady Rams got their feet moving, they couldn’t be stopped.
Portales sophomore guard Tara Johnson scored six of her nine total points in the second period, as the Lady Rams outscored Ruidoso 20-4 in the second quarter to take control and cruise to a 55-39 district opening victory Tuesday night at Portales High School.
“Once we got started I think we did some really good things and then once in a while we didn’t do so well, but I was pretty happy,” Portales head coach Brenda Gomez said. “Defensively we stepped it up and played pretty good.”
Portales guard Amanda Terry and fellow senior Shyla Carthel led the Lady Rams with 10 points each, followed by Johnson’s 9 points. Junior Bethany Self had 8 points.
“(This win) will help us in the long run,” Terry said. “It gave us momentum to start district and beating Ruidoso is a good win because they’re one of the best teams in our district.”
Eight different Lady Rams put points on the board Tuesday night, something coach Gomez likes.
“I feel really comfortable with all of (our girls),” Gomez said. “No matter what the situation is, I think any one of them can score and that’ll be to our advantage because we’ll have that number. If they shut someone down, than somebody else can pick it up.”
Ruidoso sophomore forward Haley Williams led all scorers with 16 points, followed by Warrior senior post Hailee Bob with 11 points.
The Lady Warriors quieted the Ram Athletic Center as they opened the game by outscoring Portales 14-12 in the first quarter.
“I don’t think the kids were mentally prepared to play like they should have been,” Gomez said. “I guess we just need to get that experience and we’ve got to learn to focus once the game starts.”
Portales junior forward Vicki Huber agreed.
“We came out a little unfocused and so we didn’t do very well in the first quarter,” Huber said. “But the second quarter we did a lot better and we started really working it.”
The Lady Rams (9-8, 1-0) continue District 4-3A action as they host the Dexter Lady Demons Saturday.