Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, January 28, 2003
First place Greenwood faces Pecos
Two teams headed in opposite directions open the second half
of District 4-3A basketball play tonight, when the Pecos Eagles host
the Greenwood Rangers at the Pecos High School gym.
The same thing holds true for Pecos and Greenwood on the
girls' side, though those teams are already past the halfway point in their
4-3A schedule, and the Rangerettes can clinch a playoff spot with a
victory tonight over the Eagles, in their 6 p.m. game.
Greenwood's squads both in first place and undefeated in district
play, the boys with a 5-0 record and the girls with a 7-0 mark.
Meanwhile, Pecos' boys fell to 0-5 in district
with a 61-51 loss at Fort Stockton on Friday, while the girls are 1-6 after
their 60-48 loss to the Prowlers.
Offense remains the boys' main problem. Senior post
Isaiah Armendariz averaged 25 points in the Eagles' two games last week, but
both times only one other Pecos player managed to break double
figures. Justin Lara scored 11 points in the Eagles' 67-60 loss to Monahans
and John Parent put in 14 points in last Friday's loss, which left Pecos with
a 10-13 record.
Parent had a 3-pointer and another outside jumper as part of his 14
point effort, but outside shooting remains one of the Eagles' weakest
points, and allowed Fort Stockton to put three or four players
around Armendariz at times on Friday.
"We have a hard time shooting the ball from the outside, and when
you can't spread the defense out and make them respect you, you can't
get anything going offensively," said coach Joe Flores, whose team
also had problems hitting its in-close shots in the early going against
Earlier this month, Greenwood took a 17-point halftime lead on
Pecos and ended up winning by an 80-61 final score. Flores said
turnover problems in the final 3½ minutes of the second period allowed
the Rangers to build up their big lead. Armendariz led all scorers with
21 points, while Kris Hatley had 20 to top Greenwood.
Tonight's game will be the third of the season for Pecos' girls
against Greenwood. The final scores of the first two games were almost
identical, with the Rangerettes winning 57-37 at the Stanton Tournament
in December and 57-35 at home back on Jan. 10. But the second game
was actually closer than the first, as the Eagles trailed by only an 18-14
score at halftime, before Greenwood pulled away with a 19-8 advantage in
the third period.
"We started the second half with three turnovers in a row,
and Greenwood went into a zone (defense) in the second half, and
we couldn't score," said coach Veronica Valenzuela following the loss, in
which no Pecos player had more than three baskets. Jessica Martinez did go
6-for-6 from the foul line to finish with 12 points, while
Greenwood's Meagan Chase led all scorers with 14.
Play opens tonight with the junior
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