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Monday, December 16, 2002

Pecos teams struggle through tournaments

The Pecos Eagle boys' basketball team had better luck against their new district rivals then they had against their former ones over the weekend at the Monahans Sandhills Tournament, while the Eagle girls didn't have any luck against either of the district rivals they faced on Friday and Saturday at the Stanton Tournament.

Pecos' boys, who lost their season opener to Andrews by 11 points, faced the Mustangs again on Friday in Monahans and were blown out, losing by a 75-38 final score in the consolation quarterfinals before coming back the following day to defeat Presidio, 67-48, in a guaranteed game at the tournament.

Pecos' girls expected to play Presidio on Saturday, but coach Veronica Valenzuela said they wound up facing another District 4-3A rival, Midland Greenwood, and were beaten by a 57-27 score after losing the previous day to Kermit, 76-41.

"We were supposed to play Presidio _ they lost to Greenwood 86-27 _ but Greenwood wanted to go to the football game so they asked to go ahead and play us instead," Valenzuela said, which allowed the Rangerettes to go watch Greenwood's boys shut out Daingerfield, 10-0 on Saturday afternoon and earn a trip to the Class 3A state finals.

Pecos only scored nine points in the first half against the Rangerettes, but were still in the game going into the third period. They trailed by 12 at the half, but saw Greenwood put things away with an 18-8 advantage in the third period.

"We didn't do well against the press. We'd just throw the ball up court and throw it away," Valenzuela said, while adding that the Eagles had problems rebounding as well against the Rangerettes. "They got as many chances as they needed until they put it in, but we missed a lot of lay-ups and only got one shot each time down."

Meagan Chase scored 15 points and Marlene Spain and Amy Hopper both had 10 points for Greenwood, while Stephanie Herrera led Pecos with 10 points.

Against Kermit, the Eagles also had trouble handling the press and trouble containing Kermit's 6-foot post Amber Broadway. She scored 33 points, while Tiffany Johnson put in 16 for the Yellowjackets, who are favored to win the District 4-3A title.

"We definitely didn't handle the press the way we did against Alpine. We were a totally different team this weekend," said Valenzuela, whose team lost to Midland Christian in the tournament opener and fell to 4-4 on the season.

Pecos' boys are 5-6 after their weekend in Monahans, which began with a 66-40 loss to Amarillo Caprock on Thursday. However, coach Joe Flores said the Eagles played better in that game than they did either in the loss to Andrews or the win over Presidio.

"We still didn't shoot the ball very well," he said. "We played much better against Presidio, I guess, but we still did some things I didn't like. We're going back into some bad habits against both of them, but the intensity was much better than Friday night."

Against Andrews, the Eagles improved on their recent foul shooting, going 19-for-27 from the line, but managed only six field goals from 2-point range and three other 3-pointers by Jose Reyes. They came out of the first period down 17-10 and then were outscored by Andrews in the second period, 20-6, leaving them in a 21-point halftime hole.

Reyes' 10 points led Pecos while Andrews' Jordan Willis, who had 17 in last month's 49-38 win over Pecos, led the Mustangs with 16.

Against Presidio, the Eagles were the ones to jump ahead early, going up 19-6 after one period. That's about where the lead stayed for most of the next two periods until Pecos closed with a 19 point fourth quarter.

Jayson Hinojoz and Joey Ortega both scored 14 points for the Eagles, while Jason Sanchez added 13. No player scored in double figures for the Blue Devils.

Pecos' girls are off until Friday, when they host Wink, while the boys are at home tonight, looking to get back up to the .500 level against Alpine, then go to Crane on Friday in their final pre-Christmas game.

"Both those teams got off to late starts because of football, but both teams are going to be tough," Flores said.

He added that the teams have added a 4:30 p.m. freshman game today, to be followed by the junior varsity and varsity games, at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

Eagles take division titles at Seminole meet

Pecos Eagles swimming coach Terri Morse said the test of her new relay team line-ups wasn't a fair test because of a test, which kept the Eagles from seeing their main rivals on the boys' side at the Seminole Invitational.

The boys and girls both claimed the division titles this past weekend at Seminole, though Morse said she wants to see some improvement from the girls' medley relay team when swimming resumes for Pecos in January, and added she won't know how the boys' line-up will do against District 3-4A rival Big Spring until the district meet in Pecos at the end of January.

The boys and girls won two of the three relays at Seminole, with the girls ended up with 175 points to 65 for Odessa High, while the boys scored 141 points to 74 for runner-up Carlsbad. The girls also picked up three fifth place finishes from their `B' relay teams, though it was the third place by the 200 medley relay team that Morse focused on.

"We did all right, but the medley relay for the girls we still need to look at that to see what we can do to speed it up," she said. Pecos finished ahead of their district rivals but behind Carlsbad and Hobbs, and will face a challenge from El Paso Chapin at the regional meet in February.

The boys will be challenged by Big Spring at regionals. They weren't on Saturday, winning first in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle races while placing second in the 400 free, though Morse said, "Big Spring didn't have their best people because they were taking the ACT test also. The boys did better on the 200 as far as time, but it's hard to say head-to-head without them being there."

Aside from the relays, the Eagles picked up a pair of first place finishes from both Will Oglesby and Max Key, and one on Friday from Michael Juarez in 1-meter diving. Key won the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, while Oglesby took the 200 individual medley and the 100-yard butterfly.

K.W. Winkles placed second to Oglesby in the medley and second to Key in the breaststroke. The boys also got a second place from Gary Garcia in the 500-yard freestyle, while he placed third in the 100-yard backstroke and Daniel Quintana was third in the 200-yard freestyle.

Paul Parker was third in the 500 free and sixth in the 200 free; Matt Elliott was eighth in the 100 fly; Andrew Grant was eighth and Miguel Estrada 10th in diving; Juarez was 16th and Daniel Quintana 49th in the 100 free; Grant was 23rd in the 100 breaststroke and Roger Quintana was 46th in the 50 free.

The girls' only individual first came from Lindsey Shaw in the 100 breaststroke, while Amie Reynolds was second and Ashley Carrasco eighth. However, the Eagles had a number of other second and third place finished, and Morse said, "I thought we really pulled together as a team, which is something I hadn't seen for a while. They supported each other throughout the meet and that helped us in some of out races to pull out seconds instead of fourths and fifths."

Teddie Salcido was second, Jessica Minjarez fourth, Betsy Lujan sixth, Ashley Horsburgh eighth and Lauren Wein 12th in the 200 free; Susan Moore was second, Kelsey Holt sixth, Chyloe Martin 14th and Amanda Contreras 25th in the 50 free; Catherine Minjarez was second, Carrasco 10th and Contreras 15th in the 100 fly; and Moore was second, Holt third, Lujan fifth and Horsburgh seventh in the 100 free.

In the other races, Catherine Minjarez was third, Shaw fourth and Ashley Mendoza ninth in the 200 medley; Salcido was third, Jessica Minjarez fourth and Reynolds 11th in the 500 free; and Wein was third and Martin fifth in the 100 backstroke. In the 1-meter diving competition, Michelle Wein placed seventh for the Eagles on Friday.

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