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Lady Rams hang on to beat Moriarty

MORIARTY — The Portales Lady Rams struggled through a second half in which they scored just 11 points, but they still had enough on Saturday to hang on for a 33-30 victory over Moriarty.

Portales (4-5) led by 10 points early in the second half before the Lady Pintos closed to within a point early in the fourth quarter.

PHS’ defense then kept Moriarty (4-2) off the scoreboard the rest of the way except for a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Jana Bailey with 1:20 left, pulling the Lady Pintos to 32-30.

The teams then exchanged several possessions before Lady Rams junior Megan Kabrick hit the front end of a 1-and-1 with 10 seconds left.

Moriarty had a 3-point shot at the buzzer than rattled in and out, allowing the Lady Rams to escape.

“We didn’t shoot very well at all,” PHS girls coach Brenda Gomez said. “At times we didn’t play smart, but overall we played better than we have in some games.”

No one reached double-figure scoring for Portales, which got nine points from Kabrick and fellow junior Ashleah Richards and eight points from junior Morgan Hill. Richards had a team-high eight rebounds in the contest, while Hill grabbed six.

Portales hit just 12-of-35 from the field for the game and missed all eight of its 3-point attempts, although Richards shot 4-of-5 from the floor and Kabrick was 2-of-3.

“Ashleah hit the boards really hard, and she did a good job defensively,” Gomez said.

Kabrick scored eight of her points in the first half, which ended with Portales clinging to a 22-14 advantage.

For the Lady Pintos, senior post Jennelle Spradley was the only player in double figures with 15 points, while Bailey finished with nine.

Portales 33, Moriarty 30

Portales (4-5) — Briana Hernandez 0 3-4 3, Megan Kabrick 2 5-6 9, Bethany Self 2 0-0 4, Morgan Hill 4 0-0 8, Ashleah Richards 4 1-2 9, Tara Johnson 0 0-0 0, Rebekah Gonzales 0 0-0 0, Caroline Knudson 0 0-0 0, Patty Terry 0 0-0 0. totals 12 9-12 33.

Moriarty (4-2) — Desiree Booth 2 0-0 4, Josette Aguirre 1 0-0 2, Jennelle Spradley 6 3-7 15, Katie McClellan 0 0-1 0, Jana Bailey 4 0-0 9. Totals 13 3-8 30.

Portales 10 12 6 5 — 33

Moriarty 6 8 10 6 — 30

3-pointers — Portales: none. Moriarty (1): Bailey. JV score — Portales 35, Moriarty 25.