NMMI Sports Press
The Goddard JV girls’ basketball team got off to a slow start at home but finished up with a lopsided win over midtown rival New Mexico Military Institute, 55-17.
It was the ninth straight win for the GHS JV squad, who, after dropping their first two games of the season, has rocketed to an impressive 11-2 overall record.
Both teams played extremely tough on the defensive side of the ball and the first points of the game didn’t come until almost four minutes had passed in the initial period. The Lady Rockets’ press then took advantage of a trap and steal at half-court, resulting in an easy lay-in for Emily Mathison on the ensuing fast break.
The game stayed a low-scoring affair with a plethora of turnovers and missed shots, and it was 7-5 in favor of the home team with 40 ticks left in the first period. The Rockets then went on a 7-0 run, starting with a three-pointer by Alyssa Linares, and finishing with two more trap-created turnovers capped by uncontested lay-ups.
NMMI’s offense seemed to click a bit better in the second stanza. They put up nine points, seven of which came from the charity stripe, by working the ball into the low post, getting fouled, and hitting the majority of the free throws. Tianna Tsosie, NMMI’s top scorer on the night with six, led the Lady Colt effort at the line on 4-for-4 shooting.
But while NMMI’s offense was merely clicking, Goddard’s offense was cruising along at high altitude. They knocked down eight shots from the field — including a triad of treys — for 22 points in the second period, ending the half up, 36-14. Mathison and Linares combined for 17 of those points, with 11 and six, respectively.
The second half went by quickly, with the Rockets hitting the 35-point running clock rule early in the third. NMMI managed just two points in the quarter, with Goddard posting 13 from six different players.
The final fourth resembled a rapid version of the first, with only nine points scored in the stanza: six by the Lady Rockets and three by the Lady Colts.
The game’s top scorer was Mathison with 17 points, thanks in large part to that huge second. Linares poured in 13, nine of which came from behind the arc. Santana Espinosa had eight “hard-nosed” points for the Rockets — all but two coming from the free-throw line.
“We came out a little flat,” said third-year head Goddard JV coach Chris Roybal. “But once we got our energy going, we started to play a lot better. That’s what we’ve been preaching, talking about bringing up that energy level.
“Defensively, we were fouling a lot in the first half, giving up a lot of free throws,” continued Roybal. “The second half we were still fouling, but not as much when they were shooting. That’s something we still need to work on. On the offensive, we were working on the fundamentals: moving the ball, trying to get cutters, go back door, how to jump stop. We’re really starting to improve — I’m really proud of our girls.”
Next up, the Rockets will hit the road to take on Santa Teresa on Saturday, Jan. 25. The JV game tips off at 1 p.m. with the varsity teams competing immediately following.
The Lady Colts’, 2-6, will be traveling as well for their next contest against the Loving Falcons on Monday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m.