Lady Rams 2-0 in district, beat Lovington

PNT Staff Report

Some good teams win despite sloppy play, while others win big district games on the road in a tough atmosphere.

The Portales Lady Rams (14-8, 2-0) did both Tuesday night, beating the Lady Wildcats (6-11, 1-2) in three games at Lovington; 25-20, 25-18, 25-18.

The Portales girls were coming off wins at Dexter and at Artesia last week, and Chavez says they came out a little flat Tuesday night.

“We came off of playing two really strong games and I thought we were a little out of sync, but we came up winning and that’s what we needed to do,” Chavez said. “We didn’t really play our best game, but we got a win.”

Chavez called the Lovington squad unpredictable on offense.

“The defense struggled tonight, and when that struggles your hitting is going to struggle too,” Chavez said. “We’re just a step off on defense — You’re not quite sure where the ball is coming from with that team.”

Chavez also talked about a large, loud Lovington crowd.

“It’s kind of tough playing over here,” Chavez said. “There was a big loud crowd. It’s always a factor, we tell (our kids) not to let it, but (Lovington) brings a pretty good crowd.”

The Lady Rams continue District 4-3A play Thursday hosting Dexter, before traveling to Ruidoso Tuesday.

“If we would have played well, we would have really got them pretty good,” Chavez said. “But we needed this win because we want to come out as strong as we can in district so that we can have the (district championship) at home.”