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Goddard from worst to first-place

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Roswell Lady Coyote seniors stand together before Friday night’s game against Clovis at the Coyote Den. From left: Skylair Lopez, Aurora Vega, Anita Trusan, Grace Velazco and Cheyenne Martinez. (David Rocha Photo)

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Nothing has been easy for the Goddard boys basketball team this season, so why should their last game of the season be? Goddard got into foul trouble early in the game and had to play a lot of different lineups. Rockets coach Anthony Mestas has made all of the right moves in close games this season, such as putting defensive stopper Jon Carrillo on Artesia’s best scorer.

“I can’t say enough about Carrillo,” Goddard coach Anthony Mestas said. “He (Carrillo) is always playing defense on the other team’s best player. We call him ‘Lockdown Jon.”

That move enabled Goddard to withstand a rush of points from Artesia as Carrillo had to sit out the whole second quarter. Goddard was able to hit their free throws in the end as they came away with a hard-fought road win over Artesia, 58-51, Friday night.

Since his early-season arm injury, shooting guard Brandon Montanez led all scorers with 17 points, as he went four-of-five from the field.

The key to this season has been the Rockets’ ability to hit their free throws in close games. Montanez went eight-of-10 from the charity stripe. His backcourt mate Jonah “Little General” Chavez added 15 points.

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“We kept our composure and played great defense,” Mestas said. “We played some guys when we got in foul trouble and they performed for us. We hit our free throws at the end. Free throws were the difference in this game, and our senior leadership has come through for us this season.”

Goddard, (17-9, 6-0 4A), will have a bye until the district championship game at 6 p.m., at Ground Zero on Friday night.

Roswell boys

Clovis 49, Roswell 44

Roswell came up short losing on the road at the rock to Clovis, 49-44. Roswell will host Carlsbad Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the Coyote Den.

Dexter boys

Dexter 58, NMMI 39

In the last regular season game for both teams, Dexter won at home vs. NMMI, 58-39, earning the District 4-3A title and the No. 1 seed in next week’s Post-Season District Championship Tournament. (Laura Brown Photo)

Dexter defeated NMMI at home — the key to the game was that Dexter outran them and outlasted them.

“We shut down their shooting guard,” Arthur Cobos said.

This win gave Dexter the regular season district championship. Dexter will host the district championship TBA.

Gateway Christian boys

Gateway Christian 57, Lake Arthur 16

Roswell girls

Clovis 49, Roswell 24

It was a sad evening for the graduating seniors as they showed up to play. Both teams had trouble scoring. Roswell overcame a 7-0 deficit before getting big shots by senior Cheyenne Martinez as she hit a three-point shot to bring the Lady Coyotes to a 9-7 score with 4:50 to play in the second quarter.

Senior Anita Trusan hit a runner in the lane to tie the score at 9-9 with 3:49 in the quarter. Roswell made a defensive stop and Mercedes Velasco hit a three-point shot at the top of the key to give them the lead with 3:10 to play in the first half.

Roswell kept the lead until 48.8 seconds to play in the half. The referees called a technical foul on Roswell, which gave Clovis three free throws and the ball back. Instead of being up 12-9 in a matter of a minute, the Lady Wildcats took a 17-12 lead into halftime, which they could not overcome.

Roswell will play at Clovis on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Goddard girls

Artesia 59, Goddard 42

Goddard will host Lovington at Ground Zero at 7 p.m. Tuesday.