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Boom, boom, boom — trio leads in win

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Goddard girl’s basketball team came to the gym in a mood — determined not to let an opposing team come onto their home court and steal a game. No worries, because two freshmen and a sophomore would lead them.

Ericca Cannon hit a three-pointer, followed by Daci Smith, who hit not one, not two, but three straight threes to start off the third quarter. Sophomore guard Alexis Sandoval hit a three in the fourth quarter, as Goddard won in a breather, 74-27 against Chaparral Saturday afternoon at Ground Zero.

“As you can tell,” Goddard coach Jared Neighbors said, “we’re still working on stuff. I thought we ran the floor well and played good defense. Chaparral is a struggling program, but they have won more games this year than they have last year.”

Goddard’s scoring output is the most of the season, outdoing the score they had against the Boys Ranch, beating them, 70-32. Goddard throttled down in the fourth quarter or the score could have been worse.

Once again, it was a team effort as every player scored, and played substantial minutes. Goddard will need that depth, as they will play three games in four days. Monday, the Lady Rockets will play at home against Andrews, and then on Tuesday, face upset-minded Roswell. Whether Goddard fans know it or not, coach Neighbors has set the schedule up with the way the games are played when it comes to the district tournament and state playoffs.

“This is a good schedule for us,” Neighbors said. “Three games in four days to kind of see if we’re in the right kind of shape we need to be in. So, this will be a good test to see what kind of shape we’re in.”

With this style of up and down play along with the press, it creates a lot of opportunities to score and get turnovers, but they need to make sure they get their rest. With the rotation Neighbors has set up, going forward the team should be well-conditioned and everyone will get their chance to play and make plays that contribute to the success of the team.

Goddard will be on the road four out of their next five games if you count the Roswell game. Their schedule will have marque value as they will face 5A Clovis, St. Pius X, Tucumcari and Santa Teresa. Of the teams mentioned above, only Tucumcari has a winning record. This young team has six games to play before they start district play.

“We’re not taking anybody lightly at this point,” Neighbors said. “It’s great to see in a game like this, how our girls continue to play unselfishly. Sometimes you can get selfish in a game like this, but we continued to look for the extra pass. That’s the beauty and fun of being with this team right now.”

Goddard (12-2) will face Andrews at Ground Zero at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

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