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Roswell teams look to bounce back against Carlsbad

The Roswell Lady Coyotes play Carlsbad tonight in a District 4-5A game at 7 p.m. at the Coyote Den. (Shawn Naranjo File Photo)

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Both Roswell boys and girls teams are looking to get off the snide and put one in the victory column. Easier said than done. For the girls, they will be at home at the Coyote Den to take on the No. 5 team in the state — Carlsbad.

Carlsbad pasted Clovis, 40-13, to stay tied for the district lead with Hobbs. In the Hobbs game, it was a young team playing a defending state champion with returning players on a senior-laden team that is ranked No. 1 in the state.

Thankfully, for the Lady Coyotes, the whole district is not made up of talent like that. Coach Fernando Sanchez has some bright spots to build upon in the future and the rest of the season. Look for more time on the court with center Madeline Francis who ignited a second-half four-point scoring binge and blocked one shot and contested another at the rim against the long Lady Eagles.

For them to be successful, Roswell cannot start their offense at the top of the key. Roswell cannot turn the ball over and they have to slow the game down to their pace to knock down three’s and keep going inside to Makenzie Tarin who has been able to score in the low post. Sophomore Janae Faust has to continue to play defense and run the floor to score on putbacks and grab rebounds.

Junior guard Jalen Baca has to keep her confidence up and continue to shoot her shot when she has it. Roswell has to play at their pace and forge their identity in the remaining games. Senior Cheyenne Martinez is overdue for a breakout game, so look for her to get hot — if she gets hot, she can carry the Lady Coyotes to the tournament.

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To win this game against Carlsbad, they will have to defend Carson Boswell. Carlsbad plays a different style of game than Hobbs. All of Roswell’s post players will have to keep a body on 6-footer Kaliyah Montoya.

“We are going to have to take care of the ball and execute,” Sanchez said. “We have made a change in the lineup to start and will change the subbing to what best suits the team’s needs.”

Don’t look for Sanchez to don a tie as he did in the district opener. Tonight he will be wearing a T-shirt in support of the Tessa Anderson Suicide Prevention Coalition, as will the entire team.

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The Roswell Coyotes travel to Carlsbad for a District 4-5A game tonight at 7 p.m. (Shawn Naranjo File Photo)

Roswell looks to bounce back on the road against Carlsbad. Both teams are looking for their first district win of the season. Carlsbad lost to Clovis, 52-48, on Tuesday. Roswell lost to Hobbs, 85-68, on the road.

Roswell only scored six points in the second quarter at Hobbs and couldn’t make it up during the game. With this year’s team, the Coyotes are young and don’t have a lot of experience returning.

“Carlsbad is gonna be tough on the road,” Roswell coach Moses “Dude” Burrola said. “Carlsbad has one of the leading scorers in the state and we’re going to have to defend and rebound to win.”

Roswell has some players back and they must stay out of foul trouble, especially at point guard. What is obvious this season is if Taymon Burrola and Dominic Nava get into foul trouble at the same time — the game changes dramatically for the Coyotes.

“It will be another game in a hostile environment,” coach Burrola said. “Hopefully, we can respond and get a win. Our young guys are going to have to play well.”


Goddard boys and girls are off until Tuesday.

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