Playing four games in less than a week may be taking its toll on the Portales girls basketball team, but head coach Clay Stout and his Lady Rams may say otherwise.
After a busy week at home and on the road, the Lady Rams lost at home Thursday night as sophomore Shanice Steenholdt led the Roswell High girls to a 48-27 win.
Stout recognized second-half turnovers as the key.
“We took care of the ball pretty good in the first half,” Stout said. “And then we started out in the third quarter turning the ball over. We dug ourselves a hole.”
“We came out ready to play, but in the second half the turnovers is what got us,” Portales junior Jenna Wagner said. “After turnover after turnover, (the game) just slipped away.”
A competitive first half ended at 15-10, before the visitors from Roswell claimed four turnovers early in the third quarter, taking a 21-10 lead.
Steenholdt knocked down a 3-pointer near the end of the third quarter to push the Roswell girls to a 30-15 lead, before closing out the third quarter with a 32-19 lead and kept adding points throughout the fourth period.
“They just outplayed us tonight,” Stout said. “They played extremely well; they’ve got a really good team.”
Steenholdt’s 14 points was a game high.
Freshman center Macy Mitchell led the Portales girls with eight points. Wagner and Alexis Orcutt both added four points.
“All I know is we just have to play better,” Stout said. “We have to get better in every area — offensively and defensively. Roswell High was hungry and they played extremely well.”
After Thursday night’s game, the Lady Rams have won seven of their last 10 games but have lost two straight.
Wagner believes her team can get things going in the right direction before district play begins later this month.
“I think we’ll go (into district) strong,” Wagner said. “Hopefully we’ll pull together in time.”
Portales travels to Clovis Tuesday night.