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Roswell gives effort but not enough against Carlsbad

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Roswell’s Skylair Lopez scores on a layup with 20 seconds left in the first quarter. Roswell would play tough, but lose 55-25 Friday night at the Coyote Den. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

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The Roswell Lady Coyotes did all they could to honor the Tessa Anderson Suicide Prevention Coalition at the game. They recognized Tessa Anderson at halftime with a speech and a song. While the song played, the lights were turned out and every fan in the Den lit it up with the glow sticks they were given.

It was an omen with the lights being turned out because coming out of halftime, the Lady Coyotes could not find their shooting lights nor buy a basket for the first 4:30 of the quarter. The Lady Cavegirls went on an 11-0 run to start the quarter and take control of the game and win, 55-25 at the Coyote Den Friday night.

“We really weren’t expecting Roswell to come out and play man,” Carlsbad coach John Zumbrun said. “They got physical with us and I thought (they) outplayed us the first half. I thought we were lucky to be winning by five at halftime. I went into the locker room and had a nice discussion with the team. We’re a deep team and we have a deep bench — I thought we were able to wear them down.”

The effort the Lady Coyotes displayed was one of toughness and grit. In the first half, Roswell had fans on their seat as they had multiple opportunities to take the lead or tie the score, but it was always a turnover or a missed open shot or a free throw.

Roswell, (6-15, 0-2 5A), played harder in this game than they did against Hobbs. It just seemed like Roswell was one step behind, one shot from being able to take the lead. On defense, the Lady Coyotes would scramble and come up with a stop when they needed it — they could never capitalize to change the momentum.

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Each time the game was close, Carlsbad’s Kaliyah Montoya would either come up with a blocked shot or get a rebound and drive the length of the floor and kick it out to one of her teammates for a three-pointer. On the defensive end of the floor, Montoya had 10 blocked shots and most of the time she never had to leave her feet.

The closest Roswell came was when sophomore Mercedes Velasco drove the lane and hit a shot over Montoya to make the score 11-14 with 2:14 to play in the second quarter. Roswell went back to Velasco as she faked a Carlsbad defender up in the air and was fouled — she went to the charity stripe and calmly hit both of her free throws with 1:14 to bring Roswell within a point of taking the lead, 14-13. That would be the closest the Lady Coyotes would come the rest of the game.

“I thought our team played hard throughout the game,” Roswell coach Fernando Sanchez said. “I honestly felt that going in at halftime, we should have had a lead. We just gave up some golden opportunities. Give Carlsbad credit — they are a really good team. I think our team took a huge step forward.”

Roswell is off until Friday when they travel to Clovis to play the Lady Wildcats at 7 p.m.

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Roswell 57, Carlsbad 56

By Matthew Asher

Carlsbad Current Argus

Roswell’s Miguel Baray grabs a rebound during the first half of a game against Carlsbad. Roswell would hang on to win 57-56 Friday night. (Matthew Asher Photo)

Roswell, (16-6, 1-1 5A), is glad to see the end of the road. Roswell played great defense and withstood a last-second shot from Carlsbad to hang on and escape with a 57-56 win Friday night.

In the final minute, the score was tied at 56. Carlsbad’s coach Jamaal Brown called a timeout. After passing the ball around for 30 seconds, Ayden Parent’s pass to teammate Andrew Miller was intercepted by Roswell’s Alonzo Acosta with 25 seconds left.

“I made a mistake,” Brown said. “I didn’t recognize we didn’t have the right three in our weave. I should have burned another timeout. I probably cost our team a chance at a victory tonight.”

Roswell’s Taymon Burrola was fouled on his shot attempt with 6.4 seconds left. He made the first free throw and missed the second one.

Roswell coach Moses “Dude” Burrola had his four other players in Carlsbad’s backcourt to prevent a fastbreak attempt. This allowed the Cavemen to pick up the rebound and hand it off to speedy guard Pat Espinoza, who flew down the court and got off a layup that missed its mark. Miller was unable to put back his rebound by the time the game clock expired.

“I told them we had to get one stop and a rebound,” coach Burrola said. “We missed it on the free throw earlier, but we were able to get one at the end of the game. We should have got it earlier when we gave up a three and they tied it. We just had to get one final rebound and we got it at the end.”

Taymon Burrola led Roswell with 19 points. Tarren Burrola added 19 and Miguel Baray added 13 to round out the double-digit Coyote scorers.

Coyotes return home to host Clovis on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Coyote Den.