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Lady Rockets zoom by Lady Coyotes, 53-19

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Goddard’s Alexis Sandoval (12) drives down the court Thursday night against Roswell at Ground Zero. (Steve Notz Photo)

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There is no doubt about it, the Goddard Lady Rockets, 7-1, are one of the elite girls teams in 4A by evidence of their 53-19 non-conference win over the Roswell Lady Coyotes at Ground Zero Thursday night.

Roswell’s Jalen Baca (1) is guarded by a Goddard defender on her way to the basket. (Steve Notz Photo)

There is also no doubt that Roswell has the athletes to return to elite status, they just haven’t figured out how to play the game yet.

Roswell, 3-6, entered the game with a pep to their step and rightfully so. After all, the Lady Coyotes had won three of their last four games after starting 0-4, which included an eight-game losing streak dating back to last season.

With back-to-back wins over Los Alamos and Lovington, Roswell sparred with Goddard in the first quarter. Goddard began the game with a three-pointer. Roswell followed with a triple on their first possession.

Both teams then didn’t score until late in the quarter. Goddard went scoreless until the 2:56 mark when Alexis Sandoval nailed a short jumper for a 5-3 lead. After a Roswell turnover, Goddard’s Tanya Ueland made them pay for it with a triple and an 8-3 lead.

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Almost a minute later, Roswell’s Makenzie Tarin’s layup trimmed the Goddard lead to 8-5.

“We didn’t play well but we fought and stayed in the first quarter,” said Roswell coach Fernando Sanchez but Goddard had an 11- 5 lead heading into the second quarter.

In the second period, the Lady Rockets were having no more of Roswell. They nailed three consecutive triples, two by Ericca Cannon who finished with 15 points. From there Goddard zoomed out to a 20-7 lead and never looked back.

The trouble with Roswell is they turned the ball over 27 times for the game and in the second period could not buy a bucket. They went scoreless on seven consecutive possessions.” We just didn’t execute tonight like we did against Lovington and Los Alamos,” Sanchez pointed out.

At the half, Goddard led, 29-12 and at the end of the third period, it was 49-18. “We’re a fun team,” said Goddard coach Jared Neighbors.

“We’re not going to take anyone lightly on our schedule because we’re not there yet at all — we still have a lot of things to clean up.”

One of those things of concern is the Lady Rockets’ outside shooing. They missed on 26 shots against Roswell, had Roswell been on their game, this contest may have turned into a barn burner.

Tarin and Janae Faust tied for high point scorers for Roswell with four points each.

Roswell’s next game is Saturday at Alamogordo and they will play in the Goddard Holiday Classic beginning Dec. 26 when they take on Ft. Sumner in the first round.

Goddard will take on Belen in the first round of the tourney on Dec. 26, too.

Belen, Miryamara, Academy, Bloomfield and Lovington are the other teams in the tournament.

“Six of those teams are in our class. This tournament will show us where we are at — it will be a good measuring gauge,” said Neighbors.