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Lady Coyotes come back against Vixens, 33-25

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Ericca Cannon drives past a Belen player Thursday night at Goddard High School. Goddard would win, 44-32 over Belen. (Steve Notz Photo)

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By Mikayla Fuller
Special to RDR Sports

Things aren’t always what they appear. With Roswell girl’s basketball team, their first half has been their undoing all season. It seemed like it would be that way as well in the first half of their come-from-behind 33-25 winning game against Fort Sumner Vixens in the first game of the girls’ Goddard Holiday Classic Tournament.

Mayday was their call for help. Roswell had trouble scoring the basketball in the first quarter and trailed 7-3. Roswell was held scoreless — because of four turnovers and two missed free throws — until with 1:21 to play in the quarter when the Lady Coyotes’ Makenzie Tarin scored a layup.

The second quarter didn’t fare much better, as Roswell didn’t score a basket until four minutes to go in the half. Roswell would trail at the half, 16-11. RHS coach Fernando Sanchez had his team come out on fire in the second half.

The Lady Coyotes’ press forced the Vixens into turnovers and held them to four points in the third quarter, as Roswell claimed a 33-25 victory at Coyote Den Thursday night, winning the opening game of the GHS Holiday Classic Tournament.

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“I thought us holding them to four points in the third quarter was huge,” Sanchez said. “I thought that was the difference in the game.”

Roswell (4-7) needed a push at the end of the third quarter when guard Jalen Baca scored at the buzzer to give the Lady Coyotes a 27-20 lead going into the fourth quarter. Roswell would never relinquish the lead after that.

“I thought the third quarter was huge,” Vixens coach Ben Segura said. “We just couldn’t pass and catch. A lot of it was fundamental stuff that we normally do well. For whatever reason, we just didn’t show up to play in the third quarter.”

Roswell did have to survive a comeback when Fort Sumner’s Abby Moyer hit a three-pointer from deep to close the score to 29-23 with 3:25 to play in the game. In the end, Tarin has stepped up her game as the Coyotes are running their offense through her at the point position at times.

“Your good players are going to end up with the ball in their hands,” Roswell coach Fernando Sanchez said. “Good players, the ball just gravitates to them. I think the ball just fell to her and she found her shot.”

Tarin is hitting the three-point shot as well as driving the ball to the basket. Tarin is able to step out in the pick and pop game and bury the mid-range jumper. What has also helped Roswell is the guard play of Jalen Baca.

Baca is able to push the ball up the court and able to find an open teammate. Roswell received another strong performance for a couple of players: Amariah Toscano as she hustled and hit a jumper near the basket. Tori Sandoval played excellent defense and score a basket as well.

“I’m proud of the girls,” Sanchez said. “I thought we left a bunch of points out there. We asked the girls to keep up the defensive intensity and to have a little bit of confidence and to believe — believe in their shooting and believe in what they were doing. They did and some shots fell and that was the difference.”

Roswell plays Miyamura today at 2:30 p.m. at the Coyote Den.

Lady Rockets fly over Lady Eagles, 44-32

By Tom A. Ruiz
Special to RDR Sports

Consistency and a killer instinct is what Goddard coach Jared Neighbors wants to see from his Lady Rockets — right now it’s a work in progress as Goddard coasted to a first-round 44-32 win over Belen Lady Eagles at the girls’ Goddard Holiday Classic Tournament at Ground Zero Thursday afternoon.

Goddard raced out to a 16-3 first-quarter lead but had to look back several times as Belen refused to go away.

“Man it was just a weird game, Neighbors expressed. “We started off pretty well and then just coasted. Belen kept fighting and I don’t think they got closer than 10 points — we just couldn’t pull away and got kinda stagnant.”

Fortunately for Goddard, Belen committed 10 turnovers in 11 possessions in the first quarter. However, Goddard converted only five points off the Belen miscues.

The Lady Rockets are 7-1 but according to Neighbors, they are not getting the respect from the better teams in 4A. “People are not crediting us with the record yet because we haven’t played top tier competition yet so we have to prove ourselves every day.”

However, the Lady Rockets can’t help who they play, at 0-9, the lady Eagles have seen better days. Goddard’s second-round opponent today is Bloomfield, they are 2-5 and they come in limping into the tournament having lost three of their last four games.

Regardless of who they play, Goddard has never won its own tournament. “We want to win the championship — we have never won this before. It’s a goal of ours to win this thing, and Bloomfield is looking at this tournament to turn their season around and beating us would do that for them,” said Neighbors.

The Lady Eagles had their chance to take advantage of Goddard’s inconsistency in the third quarter. Trailing 28-15, Belen scored a bucket, made one of two free throws and trimmed the lead to 10, 28-18.

Goddard came out cold in their first three possessions of the third quarter. Belen had their chances to trim the Goddard lead even further, however, the Lady Eagles returned to their bad habits as they turned the ball over eight consecutive times — basically that was the game.

The Lady Rockets didn’t shoot very well, but when they needed to score, they turned to Ericca Cannon, who somehow found a way to get open and scored some key points.

If Goddard wants to be in the final on Saturday, they’ll have to get by Bloomfield today. Tipoff is 2:30 p.m. at Ground Zero.