Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, January 24, 2003
Eagle squads face Stockton cagers tonight
The Pecos Eagles will head south tonight to Fort Stockton, where the boys
will seek their second win of the season over the Fort Stockton Panthers,
while the girls will try for their second District 4-3A victory of the
year against the Prowlers, who'll be seeking their second victory over
the Eagles in district play.
The girls and boys games will be at 6 and 7:30 p.m. at the Williams
Center in Fort Stockton, while the junior varsity teams will play at 4:30
p.m. and the freshman boys will take on the Panthers in the old Fort Stockton
High School gym, at 6 p.m.
Both Eagle teams lost at home on Tuesday against Monahans, and both
had problems shooting from in-close against the Loboes. The girls fell
behind Monahans quickly, staged a couple of comeback tries in the second
and third periods, but ended up losing by a 55-39 final score to fall to
1-5 in district and 7-11 on the season.
The boys dug themselves into a nine-point hole in the first quarter
and climbed out of that before the period was over, then fell behind by
18 points in the third period, and cut that lead down to one before losing
by a 67-60 final score to fall to 0-4 in district and 10-12 on the season.
Fort Stockton's boys also are winless in district play, following their
49-46 loss at Presidio on Tuesday. Earlier this month in tournament play
at Fort Stockton, the Eagles came away with a 50-46 victory over the Panthers.
Isiah Armandariz had 17 points and Joey Ortega put in 15 in that victory.
Armendariz had a season-high 30 points on Tuesday, but combined the
Eagles had one point less from their posts against Monahans than they did
in their Jan. 3 win at Fort Stockton, as Ortega was held to just one point
by the Loboes.
"I told coach (Charlie Jo) Wilson that we're so close, but so far away,"
said Eagles' coach Joe Flores, whose team can at the most afford only one
more loss if they're to have any shot at post-season play. "We need to
play better at the finish. We just didn't handle the pressure down the
The girls played Fort Stockton four days after the boys did, on Jan.
7 in their district home opener. In that game, the Eagles had all kinds
of problems keeping up with Fort Stockton's guards and ended up losing
by a 61-50 final score. The Prowlers led by as many as 14 points in the
first half, and held off an Eagle rally that cut the lead to three in the
Tiana Terry, Leslie Rodriugez and Jessica Martinez all were in double
figures for Pecos in that game, but Fort Stockton guard Erica Munoz led
all scorers with 20 points, many on lay-ups off steals. "They also shot
pretty well from the outside the last time we faced them," said Eagles'
coach Veronica Valenzuela, who is hoping her team can shoot a lot better
overall than they did on Tuesday. Rodriguez had 21 points for Pecos in
Tuesday's loss, but no other Pecos player scored more than four points.
Fort Stockton is 3-3 in district after their win over Presidio on Tuesday,
tied with Kermit for the third and final district playoff berth. Greenwood
is in first place with a 6-0 record, while Monahans is second at 5-1.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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