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Lady Coyotes break a 12-game losing streak

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Roswell’s Mercedes Velasco (5) passes to a teammate Thursday in Artesia against Deming. (J.T. Keith File Photo)

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ARTESIA — The Roswell varsity basketball teams won two of three games in the final round of the City of Champions Tournament on Saturday.

The Goddard Lady Rockets won the girls’ consolation with a 39-30 win over host Artesia. The Roswell Lady Coyotes finished 8th with their first win of the season, 61-15 over Ruidoso, and the Roswell boys were overwhelmed by El Paso Eastwood, 67-41.

But the most impressive performance Saturday came from the Lady Coyotes who, coming into the game, were staring down the barrel of a 13-game losing streak dating back to Jan. 19 of this year when they beat Hatch Valley. The Lady Coyotes then went into a tailspin losing their final eight games of last season and started this season 0-4.

So something had to give against Ruidoso also, who was 0-4. “We had not played well in our four games to open the season,” said Roswell coach Fernando Sanchez.

The Lady Coyotes jumped out to a 16-5 first quarter and that was basically the game — Ruidoso would only score 10 points the rest of the way.

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Adriana Carroll led all scores with 13 points, draining 9 of her 13 in the first quarter.

Roswell also played a suffocating defense allowing the Lady Warriors very few looks at the bucket and when they did try to penetrate, Janae Faust was waiting on them. She had four blocks and Ruidoso shied away from her.

“Our game is to steadily improve and play disciplined basketball,” Sanchez said.

Roswell is now 1-4 and plays Deming on Tuesday.

Goddard 39, Artesia 30

Goddard’s Tanya Ueland (15) looks to pass the ball Thursday against Carlsbad in Artesia. (J.T. Keith File Photo)

The Goddard Lady Rockets did not shoot as well as they wanted but neither did Artesia en route to the 9-point win. “It wasn’t a pretty win, but they never are when you shoot like we did,” said Lady Rockets coach Jared Neighbors.

As the fourth quarter approached, Goddard led 27-22 and only scored 12 points in the period. Artesia, on the other hand, could not buy a bucket they finally scored with 2:14 left in the game and that was on a free throw.

Up to that point, they had missed on 12 shots. Alexis Sandoval was a beast for Goddard — she finished as the team leading scorer with 18 points and was named to the all-tournament team. Goddard is 3-1 in the young season. The Lady Rockets’ next game is TBA.

El Paso Eastwood 67, Roswell 41

Roswell’s Hector Tarin (5) shoots a 3-pointer against Deming Friday in Artesia. (J.T. Keith File Photo)

The Roswell Coyotes had no answer in trying to stop Eastwood — the only time Roswell led was 1-0 on a free throw to begin the game.

Eastwood ran to their hearts’ delight and the Coyotes were usually a step or two behind. Eastwood also forced Roswell into 13 turnovers and basically left a vocal Duke Burrola with his arms crossed and a loss for words on the sideline.

The Coyotes’ (3-2) performance left the Roswell faithful, scratching their heads after all Roswell opened the season with impressive wins over Mayfield and Centennial and barely lost to Rio Rancho in the tournament opener.

“What this loss taught us is that we have a lot to work on,” Burrola said. “We just got back some of our football guys from the state championship football team and as soon as they get their basketball legs underneath them, we’ll begin taking care of business.”

Taymon Burrola led Roswell with 13 points and Dominic Nava had 10. The Coyotes are at the Cleveland basketball tournament beginning Dec. 12.