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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 the Panthers.

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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