ALBUQUERQUE — No one was kidding anyone about the monumental task that faced the Lady Coyotes first thing this morning. It was enough to order water instead of cereal for breakfast. How does Roswell order breakfast and slay a giant, plus a miracle to go?
Neither of those things happened Friday morning at the Santa Ana Star Center. The closest they could come all game long was a couple of ties at 7-7 in the first game, and 10-10 in the second game. Roswell would go on to lose 25-16, 25-20, 25-14.
“We knew it was going to be a tough battle for us,” said Roswell coach Heather Baca. “We were probably out-matched.”
There were no controversial calls, no slight of hand, Roswell was playing the No.1 team in District 4-5A, and it showed. It showed in a good way, that for portions of a game, this team could play with the best, and in a bad way it showed how far they have to go to contend for a title and not just make it to the elite eight.
“It’s always sad to lose your seniors because we invest a lot of time in them,” Baca said. “I told them it’s not about how hard you fall, or how many times you fall, it’s how you respond and how you get up. I told them athletes are leaders in every corporation and every business. A lot of times people rise to the top of their field because they learn to persevere. This is part of the great life lessons that sports provide.”
Baca is working toward getting her program on par with the best in the state consistently, after all, Roswell won the Blue Trophy in 2006 over Española Valley.
“I told our kids I wanted them to leave everything out there on the court,” Baca said. “I wanted them to play the best that they could, and I think they did. I didn’t have any kid quit. They capitalized on some things that we’re not as strong at, and that’s part of the game.”
Even though the loss hurts, Baca is proud of her team’s defensive effort this year, and how they got better as the season went along. She is encouraged about the nucleus she has back for next season.