Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, December 26, 2002
Eagle girls take on Badgers in tournament opener
The Christmas break didn't last long for the Pecos Eagles girls' basketball
team, as they resume play at 3 p.m. today in Iraan against the McCamey Badgers,
in the opening round of the Iraan Alley Hoop Tournament.
The Eagles are one of four District 4-3A teams entered in the 16-team
tournament, which opened this morning with Wink taking on Alpine, and continues
through the tournament championships game Saturday evening.
The Eagles faced Wink, while McCamey took on Alpine in home games prior
to the Christmas break. Pecos survived missing two dozen foul shots last
Friday to defeat the Wildcats, 39-37, to improve to 5-4 on the season, while
McCamey jumped out to a 41-11 halftime lead at home against Alpine and routed
the Bucks, 63-36 and are 13-2 overall.
The Eagles survived their 13-for-37 night at the foul line by doing a
good job allowing Wink only one shot downcourt until late in the game, when
Kelly Benham started getting open inside to help the Wildcats rally from
a nine point deficit to tie the game in the final minute. Foul shots by
Danielle Garcia and Stephanie Herrera in the final 30 seconds allowed Pecos
to pull out the victory. Herrera ended up leading the Eagles in scoring
with 19 points.
"Tiana (Terry) did a better job blocking out, but we still need to improve
there," said Eagles' coach Veronica Valenzuela, who played the game with
only seven players suited up.
McCamey got most of their points from inside against Alpine, as Bridgette
Ouelette put in 19 points, but the Badgers also connected on four 3-pointers,
three by Brandy Grigsby, who had nine points along with post Jessica Diaz.
The winner of today's game will play the winner of today's Van Horn-Christoval
game at 8 p.m. on Friday, while the loser between the Eagles and Badgers
will face the Van Horn-Christoval loser at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, with the
winner there hanging around to play again at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the consolation
Aside from Pecos, the other district teams entered in the tournament
are Fort Stockton, Midland Greenwood and Presidio. Fort Stockton faces Sonora
and the winner plays Wink or Alpine in the other two games on the Eagles'
side of the bracket, while Greenwood takes on Fort Hancock and Presidio
plays Buena Vista in their openers. The host Braves face Irion County and
Stanton takes on Eldorado in the tournament's other two opening round games.
Pecos' boys have this week off, and will return to action next Monday
afternoon at home against the Jal Panthers. The boys' final tournament of
the season is Jan. 2-4 in Fort Stockton, while Pecos' girls open District
4-3A play on Jan. 3 against Monahans.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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