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Portales outguns Artesia at Bulldog Pit

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ARTESIA — Junior Taylee Rippee had 20 points and senior Zamorye Cox had 13 points as the Portales Rams (12-2) headbutted the Artesia Lady Dogs (5-6) 67-36 Tuesday night at the Bulldog Pit in Artesia.

“Portales is pretty good,” said Jeff Houghtaling Artesia’s head coach. “They really have some good shooters.”

The majority of Cox’s points came from long range and Rippee’s points were from short range. Lillie Saiz and Codi Flores also scored from downtown for Portales.

Senior Stacia Martinez was Artesia’s leading scorer with 10 points. She was the lone Artesia player in double figures.

The long ball was Portales’ best friend in the opening frame as they led 19-11 at the end of the first period.

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Rippee started slow in the opening period scoring four points. In the second period, she gathered a head of steam like a battering ram and scored eight points. The Rams outscored Artesia 19-9 in the second stanza and had a 38-20 lead at the half.

In the opening stages of the third period, it looked like Artesia was going to mount an attack as they scored seven quick points. The Rams gathered their thoughts and Rippee went back to work scoring six points. Portales led 50-30 and coasted in the final period.

“I felt defensively we contested well, they just hit some shots and thought we played hard,” Houghtaling said.

“I thought we executed well on the offensive end, we missed the shots they were able to hit,” he added.

Houghtaling said when he and his staff break down the video replay it will show that Portales was the better shooting team on Tuesday,

“I thought we turned them over some and they turned us over some. Really the difference was they hit five 3’s in the first half and opened that gap a little bit,” he said.

Houghtaling said Portales is senior loaded, “they shot the ball well. We didn’t shoot bad we just didn’t shoot good enough.”

Artesia has a few days to regroup before hosting Clovis Friday night. Tuesday they took care of Lubbock-Coronado 56-37 Tuesday night.

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