By Dave Wagner
The Portales Lady Rams didn’t need an overwhelming edge at the free throw line to beat Las Vegas Robertson on Friday night at the Ram Athletic Center, but it certainly made things easier.
Portales converted 18-of-20 free throws while the Lady Cardinals struggled through a 9-for-25 outing that made the Lady Rams’ 64-30 victory even more lopsided.
Playing their home opener, PHS (6-1) scored the game’s first nine points and was never in trouble against the Lady Cardinals (1-3).
“I thought we started a little unsettled, and I attribute it to (being) the first home game of the year,” Lady Rams coach Wade Fraze said. “Once we settled down and got under control, everything went pretty smoothly.”
Sophomore forward Kambrey Blakey scored 16 points — 11 in the first half — while sophomore guard Sheraya Cox added 14 points and senior post Savannah Vincent scored 10.
“Early, we didn’t rebound that well, but in the second half we controlled the boards better,” Fraze said.
Blakey and Vincent each had eight rebounds to pace a 36-23 domination of the glass for the Lady Rams, including 18-8 in the second half.
“I felt like we had some jitters, but we overcame it,” Blakey said. “I feel like we’re a team that’s capable of a lot of things, but we can still get better at some things.”
Robertson pulled to 14-8 in the first minute of the second quarter on a basket by senior guard Abbey Bradley, but a basket by Cox at the 3:35 mark made it 23-12 and the lead was in double figures the rest of the way.
The Lady Rams come back with a 3 p.m. start today against West Las Vegas at the RAC, but Blakey said she thinks the team will be handle the quick turnaround.
“We’re going to be fine,” she said. “I don’t think it will affect us at all.”
Bradley finished with nine points for the Lady Cardinals, while senior forward Chantel Sena was next with six points.