The Goddard Lady Rockets beat the Roswell Lady Coyotes for the fourth consecutive time this season, 45-33, Tuesday night at the Coyote Den.
This game, however, was the closest of the previous three and if not for a one-point second period and a two-point third quarter by Roswell, this game could have been a much closer contest than Goddard coach Jared Neighbors would have wanted.
“We were coming off an emotional and physical game against Andrews Monday night,” said Neighbors.
Goddard, 14-2, got the win over Andrews, 58-47. “Tonight we just came out flat in the beginning,” Neighbors said. “That’s not an excuse for the way we played tonight. Roswell is getting better and they came to play.”
They sure did. The scrappy Lady Coyotes were hustling and diving for the rock any chance they got.
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Goddard jumped out to an 8-2 first-quarter lead. But it didn’t shake Roswell, they roared back with a 5-0 run and came within one 8-7 with 1:52 to go in the quarter.
The second period was there for the taking by either team, but neither did. The Lady Rockets led 20-7 with 4:58 to go in the half, but they only netted one free throw the rest of the way.
And during the stretch, they failed to score on nine consecutive possessions, which included five turnovers.
If Roswell, 6-12, was gonna make a move, this was the time to do it. However, the Lady Coyotes couldn’t buy a bucket.
“We got to find a way to score,” said Roswell coach Fernando Sanchez. “When we had our chances, we didn’t. Someone is just gonna have to step up.”
Tori Sandoval did just that. She led Roswell with 12 points, those all coming in the fourth quarter, which put a scare into Goddard.
“They dictated the tempo there in the fourth,” Neighbors pointed out. Trailing by 22 points entering the fourth period, the Lady Coyotes put on a furious rally.
They outscored Goddard, 21-11 in the fourth period. Led by Sandoval, she drained two 3-pointers and a deuce to bring the Lady Coyotes within 11, 44-33 with under a minute to play.
“It was a weird tempo of ball they (Roswell) were playing, but we found a way to pull it out,” said Neighbors.
Goddard met the challenge and they didn’t lose their composure during the Roswell surge. Led by Ericca Cannon’s 11 points and Ambrosia Teasyatwho’s 10 points, both made key buckets down the stretch, to secure the win for the Rockets.
“It was an ugly win but we’ll take it,” said Neighbors.
Goddard will host Clovis next Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 5:30 p.m.
Roswell will host Santa Teresa on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.