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Portales girls get win at Trinity Christian


January 19, 2020

LUBBOCK — They never trailed all night, but things nonetheless came down to the wire on Tuesday for Portales High’s girls.

PHS built a 12-point lead in the third quarter, but needed two free throws each from sophomores Teagan Faust and Kylyie Paden in the final 24 seconds to secure a 54-51 victory over Lubbock Trinity Christian.

The Lady Rams (9-6) managed only two field goals in the fourth quarter, but went 10-for-12 from the free throw line. Faust hit two charity shots to make it 52-49, then Paden added two more before the Lady Lions (12-14) scored a basket as time was running out.

Portales, which dropped three competitive games last weekend in the Portales Shootout, got back on the winning track after going 1-4 over its previous five games.

“It’s been some tough competition,” Lady Rams coach Wade Fraze said. “Those games made us better. We probably wouldn’t have won tonight if we hadn’t played those games.”

Sophomore Taris Rippee, who scored a game-high 20 points, collected all seven of the Lady Rams’ third-quarter tallies, including a pair of 3-pointers. Still, Lubbock Christian closed to 40-37 by period’s end, and got within a point a couple of times in the final stanza.

Junior Alexis Ryen added 10 points for PHS, while sophomore guard Riley Shillings had and went 4-for-4 from the foul line. Meantime, sophomore guard Adlee Blacklock led all scorers with 28 points and had a trio of 3-pointers for the Lady Lions, while sophomore Bonnee Busby added 10.

“She’s tough,” Fraze said of Blacklock. “She’s big, strong and fast, and she can shoot.

“The girls stayed aggressive the whole game. Trinity’s a good team.”

The Lady Rams were slated to be back in action on Saturday in a 6 p.m. clash against former district rival Moriarty at the Ram Athletic Center.

Lubbock Trinity Christian 84, Portales 47 (boys) — The Lions blitzed PHS with three 3-pointers for a 9-0 lead and never looked back.

Junior guard Ethan Duncan finished with six 3s and 22 points for Trinity Christian (14-12). Senior guard Bryce Hiner and freshman guard Marcus Ramon-Edwards each added 16 points and combined for nine 3s, while senior forward Tru Buchanan bucketed 12 points — eight in the opening stanza.

For Portales (5-9), junior Josiah Tellez scored 16 points and senior Kellan Hightower chipped in three 3s and 10 points.

The Rams are also slated to take on Moriarty at the RAC this weekend, with that game set to tip at 5 p.m. on Saturday.


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