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Goddard High School Holiday Classic begins today

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It’s that time of year again. The weather is cold, Santa has come and gone and the world eagerly awaits New Year’s Eve to usher us into 2018. For six high school basketball teams, 2018 couldn’t seem further away. For these teams, 2017 still holds one last mountain to climb.  The Goddard High School Holiday Classic kicks off today with a competitive group of girls ready to prove they are No. 1.

The Holiday Classic will feature six teams this year, down from last year’s eight. Each team will play two games to determine their seeding leading up to Saturday’s final games. The teams are broken into two pools, white and blue. The white pool will feature Belen, Franklin and Roswell. The blue pool will consist of Academy, Burges and Goddard. The No. 1 seeds will face off Saturday at 1 p.m. to determine which team gets to call themselves champions.

Roswell and Goddard get the action started today at 4 p.m. Goddard will play at Ground Zero gymnasium and Roswell will play at the Coyote Den.

Goddard (7-5) fac-es Albuquerque Academy (1-6) in their first game. Academy’s record may be a bit heavy in the loss column, but they have gone toe-to-toe with some stiff competition. Their lone win on the season came in a 55-33 stomping of Bosque (4-4) on Nov 20 in Albuquerque. Academy will look to rely on their leading scorer, senior center Kelsey Crist who has 68 points so far this season.

The Lady Rockets have launched off to a strong start this season. Coach Jared Neighbors has a strong offense led by senior Camaryn Villalpando and junior Bailey Beene, both of whom hold a spot on the district’s scoring leader board.

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While the Lady Rockets battle Academy, the Roswell Lady Coyotes (3-8) will face off with the Belen Eagles (6-4).

Belen has played a strong group of teams this season and is sitting just north of .500. Their closest loss came against the undefeated Moriarty Pintos (10-0) after a late rally fell one point short as they lost a heartbreaker 40-39.

Roswell has had a much slower start this year than last. The Lady Coyotes entered last year’s Holiday Classic boasting a division best 9-4 record. This year they are riding a one game losing streak with only three wins total.

Led by coach Fernando Sanchez, the Lady Coyotes will be looking to get better play out of both their offense and defense.

Friday the Belen Eagles and the Franklin Cougars (15-4) start things off at noon at Ground Zero. The Cougars travel to Roswell from El Paso, Texas, riding a four-game winning streak that was capped off with a 44-31 win over Eastwood on Dec. 20.

Next up Albuquerque Academy faces another El Paso team, the 11-5 Burges Mustangs at 1:30 p.m. The Mustangs boast a strong record and all of their defeats were close games.

Friday’s final game at Ground Zero will be played at 8 p.m. between Goddard and Burges. Rounding off Friday’s schedule will be an 8 p.m. matchup of Franklin and Roswell at the Coyote Den.

Saturday’s games will all take place at Ground Zero. At 10 a.m. the No. 3 seeds in the white and blue pool will play each other, followed by the No. 2 seeds at 11:30 a.m. The No. 1 seeds will square off for the championship and bragging rights at 1 p.m.

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