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Friday, December 23, 2005

Bears’ Matta gets all-district volleyball spot

Balmorhea Bears volleyball player Savannah Matta was named to the All-District 2-A volleyball team, while three other Bears earned honorable mention in voting by the district’s coaches.

Matta was the lone selection on the team, as Balmorhea went 0-6 in district play for the 2005 season. The honorable mention selection for the Bears were Sabrina Lopez, Amber Cook and Samantha Carrasco.

District champion Fort Davis, which lost to eventual Class A state champ Windthorst in the Region I-A semifinals, had the most players on the team with four, including MVP Ginny Stewart. Sarah Medley, Kelsi Leary and Janice Hernandez were the other players from the Maidens on the squad.

District runner-up Marathon, which lost to Van Horn in the bi-district round, had three players selected, in Marisol Aguilar, Bianca Salmon and Marina Aguilar, while Marfa had two players chosen, in Trisha Salgado and Leah McWilliams, who was named Newcomer of the Year.

Pecos’ games against Presidio are moved up

Pecos Eagles’ girls basketball coach Lisa Lowery said the times have been changed for the Eagles’ next home basketball game, on Monday against Presidio, and will be played as part of a doubleheader with Pecos’ boys.

The Eagles and the Blue Devils will face each other Monday afternoon at the Pecos High School gym. The girls will play Presidio at 1:30 p.m., while the boys face the Blue Devils at 3 p.m. The girls junior varsity and the boys’ freshman games will be played at 12 noon, and the JV boys will take on Presidio at 1:30 p.m. in the old PHS gym.

The game is the first of five home doubleheaders in District 3-3A play for Pecos, and the first of 10 overall in district. Pecos’ girls play their second district game this Friday, at Monahans, while the boys play Friday night in Wink, before opening their 3-3A schedule on Monday against Presidio.

Prowlers wear down Eagles, grab district-opening victory

Having more bodies at the start turned out to mean having better legs at the finish for the Fort Stockton Prowlers, as the Prowlers were able to outlast the Pecos Eagles on Tuesday night, in the District 3-3A girls basketball opener for both teams at the Pecos High School gym.

Fort Stockton used 10 players and ran a full-court press for most of the night against Pecos, and while they were able to grab an early six-point lead on Pecos, the Eagles found ways through the press after that in the opening periods for easy lay-ups, and led by as many as 10 points in the second quarter.

But the Eagles were slower to the ball by the end of the period, and in the final quarter. Fort Stockton scored the last six points of the first half, and then held the Eagles to just one point in the last seven minutes of the game, as the Prowlers rallied for a 45-39 victory.

“We’re better than we were before. We just don’t know how to finish it off,” said Eagles’ coach Lisa Lowery, who said her team got out of the press break it used in the first half. “When we’re breaking the press, sometime they do exactly what we tell them to do, but then they get out of it, and I don’t know why.”

Pecos struggled with its offense at the outset, getting only a pair of lay-ups by Chantell Mazone in the first seven minutes of the game, while the Prowlers used baskets by Ruby Bernal and Nikki Fuentes to take an 8-2 lead. But after Mazone’s second basket, Olga Mendoza hit one of two free throws with 54 seconds to play, Adriana Armendariz converted a three-point play with 36 seconds left, and after an Erin Blanco jumper for Fort Stockton, Armendariz came back with a jumper just before the buzzer to tie the game at 10-10 going into the second period.

Mazone and Armendariz combined for 19 points in the first half, including eight straight in the second period, when the Eagles turned a 12-12 tie into a 20-12 lead. They would get their biggest lead at 25-15 with 1:17 left in the period, on two free throws by Jasmine Rayos, before Fort Stockton came back with an Angela Netwon jumper and two lay-ups by Fuentes to make it 25-21 at halftime. The Prowlers would then score the first two baskets of the second half to tie the game, but Pecos would regain the lead three times before Fort Stockton finally went ahead, 36-33, on a 3-point jumper by Fuentes.

Lowery used only seven players on the night, with Rayos and Gabi Garcia giving the starters brief rests, including the closing minutes of the first half for Mazone, when she picked up her third foul. She would open the fourth period with another lay-up and Amalie Herrera would then hit a jumper to tie the game at 38-38, but Herrera’s basket would be the final one of the night for Pecos.

Lowery said Mazone had to come out of the game in the final period because she was tired. Meanwhile, Armendariz was hit in the nose, and while she played most of the second half, missed a couple of lay-ups down the stretch and had only one point, after scoring 11 in the first half.

Fort Stockton had its own problems on offense in the final period. They took the lead for good on a foul shot by Bernal with 6:36 to play, but Pecos was still within a basket until 1:12 remaining, when a lay-up by Bernal made it 43-38. She would then close out her 16-point night with a steal and lay-up with 20 seconds left, after Armendariz and Rayos missed on 3-point shots in the closing minute.

Both Armendariz and Mazone ended up with 12 points to lead Pecos in scoring, while Fuentes had 13 points for Fort Stockton.

“Our decisions are not there. Even when we were up 10 points, we made some bad decisions,” said Lowery, whose team is now 0-1 in district and 3-9 on the season going into their 3-3A road opener on Friday night in Monahans against the Loboes.

Fort Stockton also won Tuesday’s junior varsity game, 51-22. Brittany Palomino and Gia Lujan had six points apiece to lead the Eagles.

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