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Artesia and Goddard split in regular season finale

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ARTESIA — Welcome to the crazy world of girls District 4-5A basketball.

After the regular season ended Friday night for everyone Artesia(14-12,3-3) and Goddard(15-11, 3-3) will square off in a playoff game Monday night to determine the regular season champions. That is according to Cooper Henderson, athletics director for the Artesia Public Schools.

Junior Bailey Beene scored 24 points for Goddard in the regular season finale and senior Camrynn Villapondo had 22 points as the Lady Rockets blasted Artesia 57-35 at the Bulldog Pit.

“Our backs were against the wall coming into the week,” said Jared Neighbors, Goddard’s head coach.

“We just talked about ‘hey it’s the playoffs now’ and we’re kind of in the mindset if we lose, we go home and we came out with an intensity. We’re doing some things where we need to sharpen up, we talk all the time, we’re gonna be positive.”

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The opening quarter started slow for both teams as senior Eden Wiggins scored the first points of the night for both sides with 5:30 on the first quarter clock. She sank a three and Goddard dominated the home team for the rest of the night.

The Lady Rockets had a 13-7 lead at the end of the opening period. In the second period it looked like Artesia had Goddard on the radar as senior Kali Crandall was fouled after scoring two points from the field. She went to the foul line and made her single shot and it was 13-10 with 5:23 showing on the clock.

After that, the Lady Rockets jammed Artesia’s radar as they had a 27-10 lead at the end of the first half.

Goddard’s dominance continued in the second as they led Artesia 45-26 at the end of the third period. Goddard coasted the rest of the way.

While the ladies side is chaotic in the district, the boys side is a little more settled.

Goddard’s (12-14, 1-4) Tommy Madrid, a senior, had 20 points and the majority were from downtown, as the Bulldogs(18-7, 5-1) held off the Rockets late in the contest to win 63-57.

Artesia was led in scoring by senior Taylor Null with 15 and junior Kale Mauritsen had 11, including some clutch free throws in the final period. Artesia led 14-12 at the end of the opening period and continued to lead at the end of the second period.

The Bulldogs had a nine point lead at the end of the third quarter and in the final stanza Goddard put up a fight. However, Artesia was able to hold off the Rockets.

The Bulldogs are the top team in the postseason tournament which will be played next week and will host the title game on Feb. 24.

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