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Tuesday, January 7, 2003

Eagle girls take on Prowlers, boys host Steers

The Pecos Eagle girls will play their District 4-3A home opener tonight, while Pecos' boys will play their final game before opening the district portion of their schedule, as the girls take on the Fort Stockton Prowlers and the boys host the Big Spring Steers.

The girls will face Fort Stockton at 6 p.m., following the junior varsity match-up at 4:30 p.m. The boys take on the Steers' varsity at 7:30 p.m. in the new Pecos High School gym, while the freshmen and JV teams face Big Spring in the old PHS gym at 4:30 and 6 p.m.

The Eagle girls went to Monahans to open 4-3A play on Friday and struggled on offense in the first half, falling behind 27-12 on the way to a 54-37 loss to the Loboettes. "We just made a lot of mental mistakes and threw the ball away too much," said Eagles' coach Veronica Valenzuela, whose team also fell back below the .500 level at 6-7 on the season with their loss.

Fort Stockton opened district play with a victory over Presidio on Friday, and are one of the teams the Eagles will have to beat if they're to have a shot at the playoffs. Both teams have most of their players back from a year ago, when the Prowlers held off a comeback attempt by the Eagles in Pecos and won by a 44-38 final score. Fort Stockton post Rachelle Ramos scored 10 points in that game while Eagles' post Tiana Terry ended up with 11.

District play for Pecos' boys won't open until Friday, when they travel to Midland Greenwood, so this evening's game will be the final tune-up for both the Eagles and Steers before their district openers.

Big Spring is struggling this season with a 2-18 mark after losing on Friday to Abilene Wylie, 75-51, but were only beaten by a 40-38 margin a week earlier against Lamesa, a team the Eagles fell to by a 69-50 score last month at the Gym Bice Tournament in Andrews.

"It would be nice to win this game so we can go into district play with a winning record," said Eagles' coach Joe Flores, whose team got back over the .500 mark at 9-8 this past Friday with a non-district 50-46 win in Fort Stockton over the Panthers. Pecos' posts, Isaiah Armendariz and Joey Ortega, scored 32 of the team's 50 points, as the Eagles rallied from a four-point halftime deficit.

Big Spring has been led by junior Jordan Cobb in scoring this season. He put in 16 in Friday's loss to Wylie.

Tonight's games will be the first of nine straight doubleheader nights for Pecos' boys and girls. That includes all eight of the girls' final regular season contests in district play, starting Friday at Greenwood.

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