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Roswell loses home opener to Centennial, 54-14

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For Roswell, there will be better days. Tuesday was not one of those days. The Lady Coyotes had trouble getting into their offense and more trouble scoring the basketball in the first quarter. In fact, they were scoreless and could not overcome a 19-point first-quarter deficit as the Centennial Hawks defeated Roswell at the Coyote Den, 54-14.

“I thought our effort was there, Roswell coach Fernando Sanchez said. “We’re rusty obviously just having a week with those kids and playing the top four team in the state. Our movement was good and I felt like we can grow from this.”

There were bright spots for the Lady Coyotes, they played hard and did not quit. The team has only been together a week after getting the volleyball players back. One of those players was senior Jalen Baca. She hit a three-point shot to get her team on the scoreboard.

Roswell also played tight defense after they stopped the fast break and limited the Hawks to second point opportunities. On the defensive end of the floor, shot blocker and rebound leader Janae Faust blocked numerous shots and altered more than 10 shots. On the offensive end of the floor, Roswell went inside out and ran their offense through low-post-scoring threat Makenzie Tarin as she added six points, as well.

In their first game, Roswell coach Fernando Sanchez substituted all five players at one time to keep them fresh. Roswell looks like they want to run a controlled fast break and run when they have numbers. On defense, Roswell will play multiple defenses and switch up, depending on game situations.

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“I thought we missed a lot of open looks,” Sanchez said. “We’re not in basketball mode yet. We missed a lot of open looks, but we have to get a lot better.”

Roswell will be right back in the Coyote Den at 1:30 p.m. Saturday when they face Las Cruces.

Sports editor J.T. Keith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 304, or sports@rdrnews.com.

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