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Goddard girls are undefeated on the season

Goddard’s Daci Smith (21) looks to pass the ball against Carlsbad Saturday at Ground Zero. (Steve Notz Photo)

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For Goddard coach Jared Neighbors, it is good to have home cooking and to give thanks. Thanks for being able to have his team around him. For being able to play this season and for his team to be healthy.

Goddard used the three-point shooting from four different players to get off to a fast start. Those players hit big baskets to stake Goddard to a lead that they never relinquished on Saturday as they beat the bigger Carlsbad Cavewomen 40-27 at Ground Zero.

“This is a good win for us,” Neighbors said. “I’m thankful for this win and for our players. In James, it says to give thanks in all things, so I’m thankful.”

Goddard has beaten two 5A schools in Clovis 49-43 to open the season and Carlsbad Saturday. On Friday they ran through Ruidoso 66-11. Look for things to get a lot harder starting Tuesday. With the short season, Goddard is going to be in a dogfight with the reigning District 4-4A champion: Portales Rams.

None of the Lady Rockets hit double digits but they were led by a balanced attack in scoring: Ambrosia Teasyatwho and Ericca Cannon with seven points. Sharp-shooting Alexis Sandoval scored six points and Alexis Hoover chipped in with five points. Daci Smith and Emily Mathison each contributed five points with Tonya Ueland scoring three points. Sarah Mathison put in one point.

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“We didn’t finish the way we wanted to,” Neighbors said. “But we are still getting some of our players from volleyball and soccer back. We’ll be better when once we get in basketball shape and used to playing together.”

Last season Portales won the district. This year they have everyone back as well as Goddard. Look for the Lady Rockets to come out ready to play, knowing they have to win their district to have a shot at being in the playoff. The field will be reduced to eight teams this season for the playoffs.

“Portales has everyone back from last year’s district championship team,” Neighbors said. “We do as well, so it will be interesting to see what happens on Tuesday. We are excited.”

Roswell girls

Roswell’s Tori Sandoval (12) watches as a teammate battles an Artesia player for the ball Friday night at the Coyote Den. (David Rocha Photo)

Last season it took a lot longer for Roswell to win two games. This year they are two for two. They also beat Artesia at home on Friday night 60-45, at the Coyote Den. Roswell used the inside muscle of Kaitlyn Olguin to score 12 points and Victoria Sandoval was the team’s leading scorer with 13 points as Roswell cruised to a 60-45 win Friday night.

Not only were those two the big guns but Roswell received scoring from Mercedes Valasco, who had nine points, as well, and Roswell received an added contribution from Sarai Morales who scored seven points. Roswell played solid defense and pressured Artesia into 20 turnovers in the game, most of those coming in the second half.

Roswell will face two-time defending 5A champion Hobbs Tuesday at the Coyote Den at 7 p.m.

Goddard boys

Goddard boys earned their first win of the season with a 72-45 win Friday night. On Saturday they lost to 5A Carlsbad 65-28. On Tuesday they will travel to Portales to begin district play with a 7 p.m. tip-off.

“It was three games in three days,” Anthony Mestas said. “We had trouble shooting tonight. It’s a tough schedule, we played four games in five days. We go into the district and we are going to do our best.”

Roswell boys

Roswell boys are off to a fast 5-0 start on the season. Roswell beat Lovington 81-48 on Tuesday and then Goddard 71-55. On Friday night, they traveled to Artesia and put away the Bulldogs 70-59, and at press time there was no score against Cleveland.

“We played great half-court defense,” Roswell coach Moses “Dude” Burrola said. “We didn’t press much and we are still able to score 70 points.”

Taymon Burrola is having a senior year — in the Artesia game he led all scorers with 31 points as Alonzo Acosta had 11 points and Rhett Stokes scored nine points with Talon Sanders adding eight points.

Roswell will open district play on the road against Hobbs Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Gateway press too much for Lady Colts in season opener

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Three things made the difference in the Lady Colts 46-31 basketball loss to Gateway (2-0) in their season opener at the Institute Thursday.

“We didn’t rebound well, we didn’t shoot well and too many turnovers and that always affects the game,” said coach Marisha Olesinski.

The game was also a series of runs by both teams, as only occasionally did the score go back and forth, and NMMI (0-1) did keep it close early.

It took almost three minutes for either team to score, when the Warriors made it 4-0 on shots by Avery Pirtle and Sarah Lilley. The Colts came back with an eight-point unanswered string, including a bucket by Paulina Sanchez on a Tianne Tsosie steal to open the Institute scoring. Gateway came back with six straight after a time out by coach Holly Tipton, and led 10-8 after one quarter.

The Warriors continued that string to open the second stanza going up 14-8, and never trailed again, but the Colts tied it at 15-all on two buckets by OnyaLenee Rushing and a free throw by Sanchez. But two assists by Warrior M.J. Stephens — to Pirtle and Kayley Smith — made it 19-15 at the half.

NMMI came out quickly in the second half, scoring on two buckets by Tsoie to make it 19-all, but then Gateway went on an 11-point unanswered run that was stopped only by a pair of free throws with :45 left in the quarter by Chinami Davis. But two more by Sarah Lilley made it 32-21 Warriors after three.

The game’s only 3-pointer by Taylor Higgins capped a 9-2 GCS run, and although the Colts got another six straight off the Warrior bench — two by Tsosie and a steal and layup by Davis, there simply wasn’t enough time to come back.

“It was our first game and I think the girls came out a little nervous, the first half, and we just made too many turnovers,” Olesinski said. “I think at some point they were scared and overwhelmed and I think Gateway has a good press. They were pressing us pretty well and I think we were not very comfortable with that.”

“They’re such a great group of girls for us to play,” Tipton said of the NMMI squad. “I love their lankiness and their athleticism. They’re just playing great. And that’s good for my girls. Really good. I just thought they were a really good matchup.”

Stephens led all scorers with 15 points, and nine different Warriors scored. Sanchez had 11 for the Colts.

“We’re doing all right,” Tipton said. “We’re starting to fill our holes from last year. We had two seniors who graduated so we’re working that out and I think we’re getting there.”

“I think it was a good game for the girls,” Olesinski said. “Like always, they did the best they could and it wasn’t enough for today, but we’ll correct things before the next game and work on stuff we have to work on and that’s it.”

“To eliminate turnovers. To get on the board more and to rebound,” Olesinski said.

On Saturday, the Lady Colts hosted Mescalero Apache and lost 53-29.

Gateway’s next game is April 12 once again vs. NMMI — this one at the Gateway gym.

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