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Goddard girls upset No. 6 seed on the road

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By Dean Thompson
Silver City Daily Press

As the old saying goes, it’s not how you start, but how you finish.

Friday night in the Silver High School gym, the 11th-seeded Lady Rockets of Goddard upset the sixth-seeded Lady Colts, 42-37, in the Round of 16 contest in the state basketball tournament.

Goddard, 17-12 overall, advances to the semifinals of the tournament at Dreamstyle Arena at 3 p.m. Wednesday, where they will face No. 3 Gallup, which beat No. 14 Grants, 70-28, also on Friday.

For the Lady Colts, their season came to an end with a 22-6 overall record.

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Silver couldn’t have asked for a better start, hitting the first seven points of the game, and would hold a 9-4 lead at the end of the first eight minutes.

While Goddard was able to get back into the game in the second quarter, the Lady Colts continued to hold the lead, 15-11, at intermission.

In the second half, Goddard got Silver to play to their tempo and the Lady Colts wouldn’t be able to adjust to the pace.

The Lady Rockets used one player to shadow Silver’s top scorer, Katelynn Limardo, the entire game and the strategy worked, especially in the second half, holding her to just 11 total points.

“We knew [Limardo] was averaging 19 a game and it’s one of those things where you let her have her points and stop everyone else, or stop her,” said Goddard head coach Jared Neighbors. “Silver has a scrappy team, but we prevailed with grit and heart.”

The Lady Rockets would take their first lead of the game with 1:28 left in the third period, at 21-20, on a bucket from Lacie Schooley in the paint.

Goddard went on to take a 25-22 lead into the final eight minutes.

The Lady Rockets built their lead to seven points, 33-26, two minutes into the final stanza, but Silver got back-to-back steals and layups from Aryana Gomez to cut the lead to three, 33-30, with 4:03 remaining.

With Goddard leading 40-33 with 2:28 left, Silver made one more run, and when Alexis Lopez hit two free throws with 10 seconds left, the Lady Colts were a possession away, trailing by three, 40-37.

But Goddard kept the ball away from the Lady Colts until three seconds left, when Silver fouled Alexis Sandoval. Sandoval calmly buried both ends of the one-and-one situation, giving the Lady Rockets the five-point victory.

“We play in a very tough district and we have games like this every night,” said Neighbors. “Unfortunately for Silver, they haven’t had a game like this in a long time. So that was an advantage for us.

“I’m just really proud of the girls,” he said.

Jazzmne Torrez was the leading scorer for Silver, with 12 points.

Limardo added 11, while LeAsiah Jaure and Gomez each had six, and Lopez, two.

Sandoval led the way for Goddard, with 12.

Bailey Beene added nine points, while Tanya Ueland had seven; Schooley and Kelsey Morley, four; and P.J. Villareal, three.

Post note: Goddard coach Jared Neighbors called RDR sports editor J.T. Keith and asked to give a shout out to the support of Goddard Nation for their turn out and support of the girl’s basketball team in their victory Friday night.