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Goddard wins over rival; Roswell defeats Deming

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Roswell’s Jalen Baca (1) surveys the court as Goddard’s Abbie Garcia (13) defends during a game Friday in Artesia. (J.T. Keith Photo)

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Goddard vs Roswell

Like the water washing up on the shore at the beach, that’s what’s happening to the Godard basketball team. They don’t know they are about to turn a little harmless water on the shore into a hurricane.

Goddard unleashed just a little of their fury on crosstown rival Roswell when they pressured them into turnovers and the Lady Rockets would go coast to coast, scoring the basketball on fast breaks to the tune of a 63-32 win on Friday at the Tournament of Champions.

“I thought Goddard shot the ball extremely well,” Roswell coach Fernando Sanchez said. “I still think we have to make some easy buckets when we get the opportunity, and we did that early, that’s why it was a game early.”

Goddard has a nice one-two-three scoring combination going with sophomore Alexis Sandoval leading all scorers with 20 points. For real freshman Ericca Cannon was so effortless in the way she scored a quiet 17 points and freshman Daci Smith scored an understated eight points —  but she did more than that. She contributed on the defensive end of the floor by playing passing lanes as she stole four passes which lead to easy transition points.

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“We’re deep,” Goddard coach Jared Neighbors said. “We’re balanced. I like that you can’t just guard one player on us. We like to play fast and this is more our style this year.”

The score might not indicate it, but Roswell (0-4) played much better and had the game close in the first half. Makenzie Tarin was a force down low, drawing fouls as she led Roswell in scoring with 13 points.

Mercedes Velasco added seven points, and Mireay Grajeda chipped in with six points.

“We’re just having problems where we go long stretches without scoring,” Sanchez said. “We have to do a better job. We have to keep shooting in the gym, that’s something we spend about 60-70% of our practice doing. As the season progresses, we’re going to get better and better.”

The game was close until Goddard went on a 13-point run with 1:23 remaining in the first half and Roswell could not recover.

Roswell coach Fernando Sanchez seems to like the way his team battled and scored on the inside, and had a scoring punch from Tarin.

“Our kids are scrappy,” Neighbors said. “We’re not going to back down from anybody. This is a fun group of kids to be around. We’re trying to get in shape, we’re working on pushing through fatigue, we’re going to need all nine players to play the way we want to.”

Goddard (2-1) plays in the consolation game at 6 p.m. today in Artesia.

Roswell boys vs Deming

Roswell’s Jasia Reese (4) defends against a Deming player Friday in Artesia. (J.T. Keith Photo)

Just like when a person goes to turn on the fire on the stove and it won’t light, all anyone can hear is the burner making that clicking noise like it is trying to light. It’s on and you can hear it trying to light, but it won’t ignite until a match is put to it.

That’s what happened to the Deming Wildcats as they were run off the court, 78-39. Roswell was in control with their press from start to finish. Deming was bothered and trying to find ways to get the ball across the timeline as they were caught in a 10-second violation multiple times.

This game saw Dominic Nava dominate both ends of the floor and his impact was felt on the game. Nava was the game-high scorer with 29 points, along with nine assists and six rebounds. It seems like he is the perfect compliment to Taymon Burrola in the backcourt this season.

“He was good,” coach Moses “Dude” Burrola said of Nava’s performance. “He’s one of the guys that had a good summer for us. It’s good to be able to see him score. I think he was in a little bit of a scoring funk — this year he has some help around him. I think he will get better. We want him, Taymon and Jasia Reese to get to the lane and do what they do.”

Burrola is able to get into the lane and get his shot off, his midrange jumper has improved and he has become a better facilitator of distributing the ball so far this season. He will still get his points, but the team is better when he is making the decision to give the ball up when warranted.

When Burrola is in the post, it is very hard to stop him because he is so strong, he is able to shield the defender from the ball and get his shot off. Players are either going to have to block his shot by out jumping him or fouling him with their body.

This season, look for Roswell coach Burrola to play 10-13 players and maybe more depending on the game, who’s hot and cold and who is needed. Coach Burrola can go to his bench and increase his flame to how hot he wants to turn up the pressure. His next five into the game may be faster than his starting five.

“We’ve told our players what their role is,” coach Burrola said. “Some are defensive guys and some are offensive guys. Some bring some fire and what we need.”

If teams are looking for mercy from coach Burrola — forget about it, he is trying to break 100 points before calling off his team. Roswell got off to a slow start in the third quarter, only scoring 15 points or they would have had a good chance of breaking the 100-point mark.

“It’s a good bounce back from last night,” coach Burrola said. “Our defense was pretty good, when we move the ball and attack, we do pretty good. We‘re trying to get some of the rust off of some of those guys that just joined us.”

Roswell (3-1) responded well after losing a close game to Rio Rancho on Friday. They will play in the consolation game and will face the winner between Los Lunas or an El Paso, Texas team.

Roswell will play today at 1 p.m. in the Tournament of Champions at Artesia.

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