By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers
The Lady Rams were never threatened by the Dexter girls Saturday night, but they weren’t absolutely pleased with their performance either in the 66-33 district win.
Portales junior Bethany Self scored 13 of her 15 points in the fourth period, as the Lady Rams maintained a healthy 20-30 point margin throughout the second half.
“The ball just kind of came to me better, I got my hands on a couple of balls that I didn’t get in the first quarter,” Self said. “I just played instead of thinking about it. Whenever I think about it, that’s when I don’t make my shots.”
Despite the large margin of victory, Lady Ram head coach Brenda Gomez saw lost opportunities.
“Our kids figured out that if you don’t come into a game focused. No matter who you’re playing, you’re not going to play to your potential,” Gomez said. “And we didn’t. In the first half, I only had one person going after it hard, and you should have 12 kids going after it hard in a district game.”
Portales sophomore guard Tara Johnson quickly set the pace, scoring 10 of her 12 total points in the first period, vaulting the Lady Rams to a 19-9 first quarter lead.
The home team expanded their lead to 15 points at the half, on the strength of senior post Kaycee Quick’s 5 second quarter points.
Quick added 4 in the third quarter to complement a late 3-pointer from Sabrina Villanueva off the bench to pad the lead, before Self’s big fourth quarter.
“Of course it’s a good win because it’s a district win but I thought we could have played better,” Self said. “We all know we could have played better.”
Self and Quick led all scorers with 15 points each, followed by Johnson’s 12 points and Sabrina Vilanueva’s 9 points.
Dexter was led by junior guard Krystal Banda’s 12 points.
The Lady Rams (10-8, 2-0) travel to Roswell Tuesday to play the Lady Coyotes before resuming District 4-3A action at Lovington Friday night.