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Hobbs stays undefeated after win over Lady Coyotes

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The Hobbs girls’ basketball continued its dominant ways against another old foe.

After overcoming a slow start against Roswell Friday night inside Tasker Arena, Hobbs rocked the Lady Coyotes in a 70-28 win.

The Lady Eagles (3-0) next travel to Amarillo Palo Duro Tuesday night for a 6:30 p.m., tipoff.

On Friday Hobbs narrowly led at halftime 22-19. But the Lady Eagles came out in the second half with a lot of aggression on defense and forced the Lady Coyotes (1-2) to 15 third-quarter turnovers. The fourth quarter saw Roswell cough up 11 more helping Hobbs roll off a 48-9 second-half run.

The Lady Eagles registered more offensive rebounds (10) than Roswell did in points (nine) in the second half.

“I thought Roswell had a really good game plan,” said Lady Eagles head coach Joe Carpenter, who has led Hobbs to 16 straight home wins. “I thought (their) coach and the girls came in here with intentions of running some clock and really slowing us down … and I thought it was effective because we were missing shots.

“Then all of a sudden, in the second half, we were getting three or four shots off (each possession). … That was huge, we’re a tiny team, we’ve got to find ways to get offensive boards. I’m kind of glad that there was that sense of urgency in the second half.”

In the season’s first two games, the Lady Eagles walked over their opponents by the time the second quarter came around, let alone the half. Yet against Roswell, Hobbs couldn’t get going offensively.

Missed open shots and consistent defensive rebounding from the Lady Coyotes limited the Lady Eagles offense. Carpenter said after the game his team relies on fast break points and turnovers for easy buckets during their long scoring stretches. But the Lady Coyotes showed good ball control with only eight first-half turnovers. They also limited the Lady Eagles top scorers Amaya Lewis and Amiah Smith to seven points each, respectively, in the first half.

“It was interesting,” said guard MacKenzie Gibson. “We weren’t prepared. You could tell we were kind of thrown off by it. But we came back and we hit it hard. That’s what we needed is that little wake-up call.”

They certainly woke up at halftime as the Lady Eagles used two 8-0 runs to separate themselves from the Lady Coyotes. Hobbs’ full court press generated a large amount of turnovers in the third quarter. Lady Eagle players intercepted passes and forced Roswell into a plethora of bad decisions. Gibson had four of her game-high eight steals in the third. The turnovers also helped Kiara Knight produced five points, while Ciara Mackey contributed eight in the half-court offense.

Lewis didn’t even need to get going for her game-high 23 points until scoring 12 in the fourth quarter.

“Once Coach (Carpenter) goes in the locker room, it’s kind of like, ‘Alright, we need to get our stuff together,’” Gibson said. “Everybody just came out and started hitting stuff so that we all fed off each other. Our offense fed off our defense, our defense fed off our offense. It was just a full circle.

“(Our defense) was really good, everybody held their own.”