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Free throws and foul trouble cost GHS

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Goddard senior Dalin Stanford aims for a basket Tuesday night in the home game against Clovis. The Rockets lost against Clovis in overtime with a score of 46-44. (Steve Notz Photo)

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No doctor would sign off on their patients going to watch Goddard boys’ basketball if they have health problems. Goddard did everything in this game. They never trailed until the end. Clovis put together a furious rally in part because Goddard could not make their free throws, and they couldn’t handle the Wildcats’ press without both of their big men, Dalin Stanford fouled out with 1:52 to play in the game with the Rockets leading 39-37.

Junior Derek Carrica carried the team in the second quarter while Stanford was out with foul trouble. Carrica scored four points on back-to-back possessions until he reinjured his ankle in the third quarter. It was enough to allow the Clovis Wildcats to win the game in overtime at Ground Zero Tuesday night, 46-44.

“Free throws,” Goddard coach Anthony Mestas said. “If we make free throws we win the game. Just like in Alamogordo if we make free throws, we win the game. We turned the ball over late in the game. If we just eliminate those two things we win the game.”

Goddard overcame a 4-0 deficit in the first quarter and ended up tying the score at 10-10 to end the first quarter. Goddard guard Jonah Chavez directed the offense getting the ball into the right person’s hands at the right time. He also played sticky defense as he stole the ball four times during the game and handed out 10 assists to go along with 13 points. Goddard took a 23-19 lead into the half.

“Our post players went out early,” Chavez said. “We didn’t cover the players we needed to cover in the end. We lost two bigs down the stretch. Our players played hard, but we just couldn’t come up with the win in the end.”

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Goddard was outscored 11-to-7 in the third quarter, as Goddard’s Hunter Beene scored a basket to give them a 34-30 lead at the end of the third period.

In a frantic pace matched by both Clovis and Goddard, the game was tense throughout the fourth period. Goddard’s big man Stanford picked up his fourth foul with 5:27 left to play in the game; at that point, the Rockets were up 36-34.

Each team played tight defense, and with 1:52 left to play in the game, Stanford was called for his fifth foul as he reached and tried to prevent an entry pass in the middle of the lane. Stanford reached over and was called. When he fouled out Goddard led 39-37.

Goddard (8-9) was fouled and missed their free throws, but still held a 41-37 lead with 36.4 seconds left to play in the game. In a wild sequence of missed free throws and 5-second calls, Goddard had trouble inbounding the ball. Clovis broke Goddard’s pressure and raced the length of the court as Jakeem Wynn scored as the buzzer sounded tying the game at 41-41.

In overtime, Goddard had their chances but missed free throws with 7.9 seconds left and another set of free throws with 3.9 seconds left as the Wildcats held on to win 46-44.

Hagerman 62, Capitan 40

Hagerman boys’ basketball team is getting used to being on the road. Tuesday night they handed it to Capitan in not so nice of a way, dismantling them, 62-40. The Bobcats got off to an early start by outscoring Capitan 23-6 in the first quarter.

Osbaldo Najera had 21 points, and senior Chris Manz added 12 points.

Hagerman will compete in the Dexter Invitational and face Jal at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Girls

Clovis 58, Goddard 33

Goddard’s junior Bailey Beene, 24, fends off a Clovis defender as she shoots for a basket. The Lady Rockets were defeated by Clovis Tuesday night with a final score of 58-33. (Steve Notz Photo)

Goddard girls had an off night. Nothing went right for them when they suited up to play at Ground Zero Tuesday night as they were defeated, 58-33, by Clovis. This game was so bad that Lady Rockets coach Jared Neighbors waved the white flag and took his starters out with five minutes left in the game. Goddard scored three points in the third quarter.

They were paced by Camarynn Villalpando as she scored 12 points. Eden Wiggins added a couple of three-pointers and contributed 8 points. Bailey Beene put in 5 points and senior Grace Shea continues to inspire with her hustle and leadership.

Goddard returns to the hardwood at home to face Chaparral at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Hagerman 52, Capitan 40

Hagerman’s coach Candace Pollard has her team playing really hard. The Lady Bobcats went on the road and defeated Capitan, 52-40.

“Our girls are really stepping it up,” Pollard said. “We turned the corner tonight, and I hope we continue going up the ladder and improve.”

Hagerman was led in scoring by Christy Bejarano and Bethaney Barela each with 16 points. Paige Hoppes added 11 points.