Portales girls reach Littlefield title game

CMI staff

LITTLEFIELD — The Portales Lady Rams will be in their third tournament final of the month tonight.

Sophomores Sheraya Cox and Kambrey Blakey combined for 31 points on Friday night and PHS knocked off host Littlefield 46-34 in a semifinal game of the Wildcat Classic.

Portales (10-1) will face Claude, Wellington or Snyder in today’s 5:30 p.m. (MST) final. Wellington and Snyder were playing a late quarterfinal game on Friday, with that winner taking on Claude in a 10 a.m. (MST) semifinal today.

Earlier this month, the Lady Rams won a tournament at Denver City and finished second in the Moriarty Invitational, suffering their only loss of the season so far to Mayfield in the finals of that event.

Cox scored 16 points and Blakey added 15 for Portales, which broke away from a 21-21 halftime tie by dominating the third quarter 13-4. Cox scored six points in the period, and Blakey added four.

“They were very physical, and a good defensive team,” Lady Rams coach Wade Fraze said. “We didn’t match their aggressiveness in the first half, but the last four minutes of the third quarter really changed all that.”

Blaze said senior Savannah Vincent and junior McKenzie Bucksath dominated the defensive boards in the third period, while guard Francis Armijo handled the Lady Wildcats’ pressure effectively despite dislocating a shoulder during Friday night’s win over Sudan.

Jayde Elliot and Caitlyn Carrol each scored nine points for the Lady Wildcats, who will play for third place at 2:30 p.m. (MST) today.