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Lady Rockets take off in win

Goddard High School senior Camaryn Villalpando takes a jump shot against Alamogordo Friday at Ground Zero. (Steve Notz Photo)

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The Lady Rockets big three of Eden Wiggins, Camarynn Villalpando and Bailey Beene put the game away in the first minute. Beene hit a layup and Wiggins hit two 3-pointers and a free throw as they raced out to a 9-0 lead.

Goddard enjoyed six days off, but once they hit the court, they used a smothering defense to hold the Alamogordo Tigers to two points in the second quarter. They went on cruise control and never looked back as they won, 54-24, Friday night at Ground Zero.

Wiggins scored a game-high 21 points. She came out strong, hitting the outside three-point shot from an assist from Beene. Wiggins camped outside the wing at the elbow where she received her passes in the position she likes them and stepped into her jumper and hit nothing but nylon.

“This year is different than last year,” Wiggins said. “Coach always talks about stepping into our roles to help better the team. Last year, my role was defense, and I had to stop penetration and do what I could do when I was out there.

This year it has been different for Wiggins as she has worked on her shooting from the three-point line, with coach Neighbors able to spend time with her working on her jumper. With the loss of so many key players off of last year’s state championship team, Wiggins and Beene were able to work with Neighbors on their shot because they didn’t play volleyball.

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Wiggins credits sitting behind Micaela and Katherine Kolker, for helping improve her game.

“It really inspired me,” Wiggins said. “It made work harder and taught me a lot on defense because they were so skilled on offense. They were so skilled on their ballhandling that it taught me how to move my feet and stop penetration and a lot of fundamentals.”

Goddard (10-6) seems to be rounding into form with this victory. Beene had 16 points, and Villalpando added 11 points.

“It was great,” Neighbors said. “The kids came out with energy, and continued to get better. We strive to play our best ball at the end. I was pleased with the passion our kids played with. This is just a great game.”

Neighbors singled out the effort of Grace Shea as she is directing traffic and her hustle plays are making a difference to the team. He also singled out Allie French’s rebounding and doing the little things that show up in the wins and loss column.

“We are never going to be negative,” Neighbors said. “We want to be playing our best basketball toward the end of the season come tournament time. Our tough losses early in the season we use as learning experiences and to get better. It’s not November you’re playing for we want to play our best basketball come tournament time. We are always going to be positive with our kids.”

Goddard plays at home against Clovis at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.



Alamogordo 62,

Goddard 61

In a nip and tuck game, Goddard overcame a 17-14 deficit to lead 40-31 at the half. On the road against the Tigers, they were several questionable calls as Alamogordo clawed back to make the score, 40-36 at the end of the third quarter. Goddard coach Anthony Mestas calls a timeout trying to stop the momentum. Alamogordo tied the score up at 40-40 and coach Mestas calls another timeout.

Goddard (8-8) turned the ball over 21 times as the Tigers went on a 9-0 run. Nevertheless, the Rockets battled back and were up two-points with 58 seconds left in the game. Another turnover by the Rockets and one of their shooters knocks down a 3-pointer.

With 2:57 left to play in the game, it was tied, 57-57. With 32.6 seconds left in the game, Goddard was up 61-59. With 2.6 seconds left in the game, Alamogordo’s Rakim Stokes threw a pass to Santi Lechuga who hit a 3-point shot from the right corner to make it 62-61.

With no timeouts, Goddard advanced the ball down the court as Jonah Chavez threw the ball to Dalin Stanford, who passes it to Derek Carrica. Carrica hada clean look at the basket, but Chamar Norman from Alamogordo knocked the ball off the backboard.

“I personally thought it was a goaltend,” Mestas said.

The Tigers got the ball with .5 of a second left to play. The Tigers called timeout and throw the ball in. The ball went off an Alamogordo player in the corner; the referee called it out on Goddard with .4 seconds left and the referees ran in, game over. Goddard tried to foul, but they ended up calling a technical foul as the referees would not call a foul, allowing the Tigers to run the clock out.

“This loss and the Valencia loss hurt us come seeding time,” Mestas said.

Goddard hit six -3-pointers in the game.

Goddard returns home to play Clovis at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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