LITTLEFIELD — If nothing else, the Portales Lady Rams may have made themselves tournament-ready in December.
Playing in their third tourney final of the month, PHS captured its second championship on Saturday night with a 41-38 win over Wellington in the finals of the Wildcat Classic.
PHS (11-1) trailed for most of the first three quarters, but rallied for a seven-point lead midway through the final stanza before the Lady Skyrockets, a solid Texas Class 1A, made it close with a couple of late 3-pointers by Taylor Lindsey. Juniors Brooke Lopez and McKenzie Bucksath each made a couple of free throws down the stretch, though, to keep Portales in front.
PHS girls coach Wade Fraze said he expected a stiff test from Wellington, which had suffered two of its three losses in overtime to larger programs and a third when it was missing point guard Erin Richardson.
“We had our work cut out for us,” Fraze said. “They’re a really seasoned team, and they’re the best shooting team we’ve seen all year.”
Portales took its first lead late in the third quarter and led 29-28 at the end of the period. The Lady Rams never relinquished the lead in the final stanza.
Senior Savannah Vincent led the Lady Rams with 10 points.
“Savannah Vincent had a tremendous game, not just in scoring but with her defense and rebounding,” Fraze said.
Richardson and Haley Neeley led the Lady Skyrockets with 10 points apiece.
Portales is now off until hosting the Portales Shoot Out at the RAC Jan. 10-11. Fraze plans to give his players a few days off.
“I just want us to get better every day, and tonight I feel like we did,” he said.