The Roswell Coyotes and Charlie Angels dance team said goodbye to their seniors on an emotional night. Roswell took care of business on the basketball court and the Angels killed it with a new routine, as they get ready for state.
Roswell’s victory can be boiled down to one word: defense. The defense was the key to the Coyotes throttling Santa Teresa, 56-27, in a victory at the Coyote Den Friday night.
“I don’t think it was a runaway game,” Roswell coach Fernando Sanchez said. “I thought we were in control from the beginning. I thought our offensive execution is getting really better. We were in a rush and we didn’t turn the ball over.”
Santa Teresa put up a little bit of a fight in the first quarter, Roswell was fighting nerves and emotions, as they led 7-6 with 3:34 in the first quarter. Caitlin Holl hit a 3-pointer with 54 seconds left in the quarter to give the Lady Coyotes a 10-7 lead. After that, they never looked back as they closed the quarter on a five point-run to lead 15-7.
Once Roswell settled down in the second half they, The Lady Coyotes defense was stifling as they jumped passing lanes and trapped the Desert Warriors and held them scoreless the last three minutes of the half, as they took allowed a Santa Teresa to score five points. Roswell led at the intermission 32-12.
“I love the way Jalen Baca and Asper Kennard played for us, Sanchez said. ” Anica Dillard got into foul trouble and they came in and gave us some good minutes, and we didn’t miss a beat.”
In the third quarter, Roswell scored 18 points, which coach Sanchez attributes to his assistant coaches and his players being fresh from a 10-day layoff. The game saw the Lady Coyotes go 15-of-17 from the free throw lines.
Kaitlyn Holl and Cheyenne Martinez each scored 11 points. Alexandra Gonzalez added eight points, Isabelle Truscan chipped in with seven points, Grace Velazco and Anica Dillard both had five points.
“I love my seniors,” Sanchez said. “What a way for them to go out with a win like this and have them play the way they did, I’m very proud of them.”
Roswell (7-11) travels to Espanola Valley and will play at 7 p.m., today.
Goddard 78, Los Alamos 71
Goddard has a little old, with Dalin Stanford scoring 30 points and some new with Sophomore Xavier Garcia having a breakout game. Garcia scored 17 points as they held on to win on the road for their third win in a row with a 78-71 victory over Los Alamos.
“This victory gives us momentum going into district,” Stanford said. “The game against Roswell is a district game, it’s going to be a lot of pressure and it’s going to be tough.”
Goddard (11-9)overcame a 36-32 deficit at the half, as they outscored Los Alamos 21-13 in the third quarter.
“Xavier (Garcia) played awesome tonight,” Goddard coach Anthony Mestas said. “We needed that win to help us move into district play.”
The Rocket’s Tommy Madrid scored 13 points and guard Jonah Chavez added 12 points.
Goddard begins district play against Roswell at Ground Zero at 7 p.m. Friday.
Roswell 73, Santa Teresa 49
Roswell didn’t hit the gas as hard this time against Santa Teresa, but it was hard enough that Coyote coach Moses “Dude” Burrola was able to empty his bench with plenty of time left as they sailed to a 73-49 win Friday night.
Roswell came out hitting on all cylinders as they built up a 25 point lead going into the half. In a game like this coach Burrola like to play with different combinations and use different defenses that they might have to use come tournament time.
Santa Teresa tried to slow the torrid shooting of Tarren Burrola by playing a box-in-one on him. By doing that it enabled other Coyote players to have open looks and add to their stat line.
“We were able to capitalize on other players scoring, “ Coach Burrola said. “ It was good to see other players step up and score. We need that going forward.”
Taymon Burrola scored 17 points, Tarren Burrola scored 14 points including four 3-pointers. Logan Eaker and Jasia Reese both had nine points.
Roswell has a district showdown with Goddard at Ground Zero at 7 p.m. Friday.