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Friday, November 11, 2005

< h2>Eagles struggle after good start versus Permian

The first quarter of Tuesday’s preseason scrimmage for the Pecos Eagle boys basketball team started out pretty good against the Odessa Permian Panthers. But the final four eight-minute periods against Permian showed coach Art Welborn the Eagles still have a lot of work to get done, going into next week’s season opener.

Pecos’ starters played with Permian for the first eight minutes, ending the opening eight-minute scrimmage period trailing by an 18-13 score. But as the teams started going to their benches and mixing and matching their lineups, the depth of the Class 5A Panthers really showed up, as Permian outscored Pecos 85-22 over the final 32 minutes of play.

“We’re a lot further along than we were at this time last year,” Welborn said. “The first five or six played pretty well, and the others played pretty hard, but we were just overmatched.”

Pecos had a few problems with turnovers at the Panthers’ end of the court in the opening period, which helped Permian outscore the Eagles during that stretch. But after that, the Panthers’ full-court press often bottled Pecos up in its own end and led to a series of turnovers and easy lay-ups.

“We said we’d play a whole lot of different combinations on the court,” said Welborn, who said some of those who were on the varsity squad Tuesday will start the season for the Eagles on the junior varsity team.

Welborn said starter Josh Anchondo did a good job at guard in the opening period, but will now be ineligible until after the Thanksgiving break. He said he’ll also be without several other players on Saturday, when Pecos travels to Coahoma for a scrimmage against the Bulldogs.

“We’ll basically have a JV team out there on Saturday for a lot of time, but I’m encouraged about it,” he said. “The effort was there, and it’s just a matter of the ones just out from football getting comfortable with the JV players from last year and with the others who were up on the varsity last year.”

PHS swimmers host 18 schools for annual meet

The Pecos Eagles swim team will be hosting their District 3-4A rivals and most of the area’s Class 5A schools this weekend, at the annual Pecos Invitational at the Pecos High School pool.

Eagles coach Terri Morse said diving competition would take place at 5 p.m. on Friday, with the timed finals starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the PHS pool.

Monahans, Fort Stockton, Andrews, Big Spring and Abilene Wylie out of District 3-4A will be at the meet, along with Class 4A schools El Paso El Dorado, Lubbock Estacado and Clovis, N.M. The rest of the field will be made up of Class 5A Lubbock High, Lubbock Monterey and Lubbock Coronado, Odessa High and Odessa Permian, Midland High and Midland Lee and Abilene High and Abilene Cooper.

“It’s going to be a big meet,” said Morse, whose team placed fifth on the boys’ side and ninth in the girls division in their last invitational meet, two weeks ago in Abilene.

She said the Eagles will have almost their entire roster available for this weekend’s meet. “I didn’t lose anybody to grades. Matt (Elliott) is the only one we won’t have swimming.” Elliott is recovering after undergoing knee surgery following an injury in Pecos’ Oct. 21 game against Midland Greenwood. The senior is expected to be able to swim again before district competition for Pecos, at the end of January in Big Spring.

This is the third and final home meet of the season for the Eagles, who defeated Fort Stockton and Monahans in dual meets earlier this season. Pecos also swept Monahans in the Loboes’ pool last Thursday, in their final meet before this weekend’s invitational. < h2>Eagle girls drop hoop season opener

Scoring was a problem for the Pecos Eagles during the 2004-05 girls basketball season, and on Tuesday night, that problem hadn’t changed any in Pecos’ 2005-06 season opener at Eldorado.

The visiting Eagles never managed to score in double digits in any period against the host Eagles, who put in 18 points in the first quarter and went on to defeat Pecos by a 59-23 final score.

“They were aggressive, and we just gave up the ball if they trapped us,” said Eagles’ coach Lisa Lowery. “We’ve got to get more aggressive, and we’ve got to be able to handle the pressure.”

Eldorado scored most of their points off turnovers, and were led by Kristen Stubber and Josie Diaz with 12 points apiece, as they went out to a 14-point lead after one period and were ahead 31-11 at halftime. A 16-4 third period ballooned the lead to 32 points going into the final period.

“They did a full-court press, but the press was right on the ball handler,” Lowery said. “If we could get it past that we’d be all right, but we also missed some put-ins we should have made.”

Eagle posts Adrianna Armendariz and Chantel Mendoza had six points each to lead Pecos, while guard Olga Mendoza had five before fouling out.

Lowery said Friday’s scheduled home opener for Pecos against Alpine has been changed to Saturday and moved to Alpine, due to the Bucks’ football playoff game on Friday and the Eagles’ home invitational swim meet on Saturday, which will require use of the Pecos High School gym for some of the teams. The Eagles will now play the Bucks in Alpine starting with the ninth graders’ season opener at 10 a.m., followed by the junior varsity game at 11 a.m. and the varsity contest at 12:30 p.m.

Pecos had one ninth grader in the varsity lineup on Tuesday, in Claire Weinacht. Two other Eagle freshman were on the JV squad Tuesday night and scored all but two of the team’s points in a 33-26 win over Eldorado. Gabby Garcia had 21 points and Jasmine Rayos added 10 for the JV team.

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