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Roswell High School junior Cheyenne Martinez pulls up for a shot against Hobbs Thursday at the Coyote Den. (David Rocha Photo)

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The Roswell Lady Coyotes welcomed former champion and current University of New Mexico Lobo, Jaedyn De La Cerda home. De La Cerda was on hand to see her old teammates take on the No. 2 team in 6A, the Hobbs Eagles.

Roswell High School senior Kaitlyn Holl looks to dribble around a Hobbs defender Thursday at the Coyote Den. (David Rocha Photo)

Hobbs turned out to be too much for the pesky Coyotes. Roswell was bitten by the turnover bug, which limited their chances to score. Roswell had trouble controlling Amiah Smith, as she scored 22 points and All-State guard Amaya Lewis added 16, as they defeated the Lady Coyotes, 73-46, at the Coyote Den Thursday night.

Roswell had trouble with the Hobbs’ press and it forced them to speed up and throw the ball away as the Lady Coyotes trailed, 41-20, at halftime.

“Hobbs is a very good team,” Fernando Sanchez said. “I just thought we turned the ball over way too much in the first half.”

Roswell came out for the second half with a firepower on offense as Cheyenne Martinez hit a couple of jump shots as she led the team in scoring with 14 points.

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“Roswell has gotten a lot better,” Eagles coach Joe Carpenter said. “They were doing a lot better job of trying to execute against the press. As you saw, they hit some shots from the corner.”

Kaitlyn Holl played with aggression as she went to the basket relentlessly. Roswell made a run in the second half cutting the lead to 14 points. In the second half, the Lady Coyotes scored 26 points and held Hobbs to 32 points. It was the first quarter in which Roswell could only score nine points that was their undoing.

The Lady Coyotes are starting to get balanced scoring from more than one or two players. A highlight for this team is they have faced the best competition in 6A basketball and as the schedule turns to a new year, there is not a team on their schedule they cannot beat or expect to win.

Holl, and Anica Dillard each scored seven points and Dory Trujillo added six points.

“I thought Cheyenne (Martinez) played a fairly decent game tonight,” Sanchez said. “ It was good to see her get going. She was stroking the ball a little bit and played with some confidence, and her scoring came around. If we could have negated the 21 point lead at half I thought we played well in the second half.”

Roswell will face Belen in the Goddard Holiday Tournament at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Coyote Den.

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