For Roswell and Goddard’s girls’ basketball teams, living on the edge was what they did when they squared off against each other. In a game that was ugly because each team was trying to exert its will upon the other, along with several missed shots, it came down to missed free-throws and the Lady Coyotes making one more play than the Lady Rockets as they survived a last-second shot to win, 33-32, Friday night at Ground Zero.
Roswell was playing with a heavy heart as they dedicated this game to one of their players, Asper Kennard. Kennard was injured in the junior varsity game. Last season Kennard tore her anterior cruciate ligament, and Roswell coach Fernando Sanchez believes she may have done it again.
“We felt like we had a lot of girls wanting to contribute,” Sanchez said. “We gave them some chances, and they didn’t let down. My heart breaks tonight for Asper (Kennard) as she hurt herself tonight. We talked about her before the game about how every game could be your last, and this injury reminds them of that. We love that kid.”
With the scored tied at 29-29, the last minute of the game would be frantic as both teams changed defenses, scraped for loosed balls and turned the balls over. Both teams missed open looks until Roswell’s Kaitlyn Holl drove the baseline and scored a basket with one minute left to give the Lady Coyotes a 31-29 lead.
The Lady Rocket’s Camarynn Villalapando came right back and hit a jumper from the top of the key to tie the game at 31-31, with 51 seconds left. Roswell held the ball, and Anica Dillard took a jumper on a swing pass at the right elbow and gave Roswell a 33-31 lead with 32.7 seconds left.
After a timeout, Goddard missed a jumper and recovered the rebound and put up another shot in the middle of the lane but was fouled with 7.3 seconds left. Goddard made the first of the one and one free throw but missed the second one. Roswell rebounded the ball and played keep away as they were fouled by the Lady Rockets with 00.5 seconds left in the game.
“Just a good battle,” Goddard coach Jared Neighbors said. “It was a good district rivalry with a lot of intensity. Both teams played hard. They just played a little better tonight.”
Roswell was led in scoring by Holl with 17 points, and Dillard had seven points.
Goddard was led in scoring by Villalpando with13, and Bailey Beene added 11.
Roswell (8-12, 1-0) is at the Coyote Den for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff Tuesday.
Goddard (12-9, 0-1) travels to Lovington (8-13, 0-1) and plays at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Roswell 59, Goddard 47
In a tale of two halves, it looked like Roswell was having Showtime at Ground Zero. Goddard could not make a basket, scoring only five points in the first quarter. Roswell forced turnovers and ran out to a 14-5 first-quarter lead. Goddard trailed by 17 points in the first half.
In the first-half Goddard had no answer for the Coyotes press or the defensive pressure of Jasia Reese as he forced Jonah Chavez into two quick fouls. Once Chavez went to the bench, they seemed lost as their main scorer Dalin Stanford had an off night as they suffered a 59-47, loss at Ground Zero Friday night.
In the second half the Goddard came out and played with fire and intensity, turning the game into a physical matchup as Roswell was all out of sync and had trouble scoring. Goddard managed to come within four points when Chavez took his team on his shoulders and scored 13 points, and he received help from Tommy Madrid as he hit three 3-pointers in a row as they closed the game to 46-42 with 5:33 left in the game.
Tarren Burrola hit a 3-pointer to give Roswell breathing room as they went on a 10-5 run over the course of the game. Goddard had their chances but turned the ball over, missed open looks at the rim and committed unnecessary fouls.
Roswell (16-5, 1-0) was led in scoring by Taymon Burrola with 16 points, Isaiah Carmona and Tarren Burrola each added 10 points.
Goddard (11-10, 0-1) was led in scoring by Chavez with 13 points, Madrid added nine points and Xavier Garcia chipped in with eight points.
Roswell returns to the Coyote Den to play Artesia at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
Goddard plays at Lovington 7 p.m. Tuesday.