Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, January 22, 2002
Eagle teams return home to face Clint
After three straight trips to the El Paso area during the past two weeks,
the Pecos Eagles basketball teams finally get a chance to play games at home
tonight, when they take on the Clint Lions in varsity contests at 6 and 7:30
Both Eagle teams come into tonight's games winless in District 2-4A play
and looking for better results than their last home games, when they were
beaten by Fabens and Crane back on Jan. 8. Clint, meanwhile, comes into the
games following a pair of wins on Friday over Canutillo, which helped the
Lions tie for first place in both the boys and girls district standings.
Pecos' girls are 0-5 in district and began 2-4A play back on Jan. 4 with
a 42-25 loss at Clint. The Eagles allowed the Lions only 20 first half points,
but could manage just nine on their own, and in the third period saw Marissa
Arnold score 10 of her game-high 19 points, as Clint widened their lead to
Karina Cardona scored 12 points on Friday to help Clint beat Canutillo
40-38, which tied the Lions, Golden Eagles and San Elizario for first place
in the district standings, all with 4-1 marks. San Eli got their Friday win
at home over Pecos, 52-38, though the 38 points represented the Eagles' highest
total of the season so far in 2-4A play.
"We were only down by 11 at halftime and by eight points in the third
quarter," said Eagles' coach Veronica Valenzuela. "But then they put in a
half-court trap and we had about three turnovers in a row they got east lay-ups
off of, and we never recovered."
"We had 27 turnovers, which is not real good, but it's a lot better than
46," she said, referring to last Tuesday's loss at El Paso Mountain View.
Pecos' boys dropped to 0-3 in district play on Friday with a 53-26 loss
at San Elizario. But coach Tino Acosta said despite the big gap in the final
score, the game was close until the third period.
"We were only down by one point at the end of the first half," he said.
"It was 15-14 and we had (Jaime) Reyes with three fouls, but then we didn't
"Reyes is the best post player in the district and he really picked it
up in the second half," Acosta said. "We packed in the zone and gave them
the outside shot and in the second half they got hot."
"We went out there three times in a row and gave enough effort to win
all three games. But we just have to learn how to finish things off," he
Clint defeated Canutillo on Friday, 62-57 after losing their previous
game to Fabens and are 2-1 in district play. Clayton Webb led the Lions with
19 points, and Acosta said the Eagles' will have to stop Clint's post players
to have a chance to win.
"Clint has two 6-foot-6ers and according to everybody, they're supposed
to be the monsters of the district," Acosta said.
Play opens tonight with the freshmen boys and junior varsity girls games
at 4:30 p.m. The JV boys and freshmen girls will play in the old PHS gym,
at 6 and 7:30 p.m.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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