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Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Pecos shooters disarmed by Greenwood girls


Staff Writer

The first two times the Greenwood Rangerettes face the Pecos Eagles, it took them until the third period to pull away from the Eagles for victories.

Tuesday night at the Pecos High School gym, the Rangerettes picked up the pace a little, scoring the final 11 points of the first half and the first six of the third period, to turn a four-point lead into a 21-point advantage, and then went on to down Pecos by a 52-23 final score.

"They played good defense in the first quarter, but then we got lazy and forgot to play our position," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado, who was taking the place of head coach Veronica Valenzuela, who was out with the flu. "When they try to play somebody else's position they get burnt, and that's what happened."

Aside from their mistakes on defense after the midpoint of the second period, the Eagles had all kinds of problems just getting off shots against Greenwood's defense.

"We only took 30 shots, which is not enough," Granado said. "Greenwood plays a tough man-to-man and they talk on defense, so they were waiting for our girls to come off the screens. Our girls had a tough time, but we could have done better."

Neither team scored for the first three minutes of play, until Stephanie Herrera hit a jumper off two missed foul shots by Tiana Terry. But Greenwood scored the next seven points before Erica Franco hit a jumper late in the period to cut the lead to 7-4.

Amy Hopper had two early baskets for Greenwood in the second period, while Terry had a foul shot and Natalia Ornelas hit a free throw to make it 11-7 with 4:29 left in the half. That turned out to be the Eagles' last point for the next six minutes. Meagan Chase, who led all scorers with 19 points, hit a foul line jumper to begin a 17-0 run for the Rangerettes, and later had two baskets in a five second span off a jumper and lay-up following a steal in the final two minutes of the half.

Danielle Garcia finally got the Eagles back on the scoreboard with a lay-up and free throw with just over two minutes gone in the third period. That made it 28-10, and Greenwood would add five more points to their lead before the quarter was over, taking a 26 point lead, at 38-12, on a steal and lay-up by Chase in the third period.

Aside from not getting off many shots, the Eagles also didn't take advantage of their free throw chances when they had them. Pecos missed a series of shots in the second half and ended up going 7-for-20 from the line, while Greenwood was 11-for-19 from the line.

The Eagles did get free throws from Leslie Rodriguez and Herrera as the third period ended, cutting the lead to 38-15, but Greenwood would widen their margin to as many as 31 points, at 52-21, before two free throws by Jessica Martinez in the closing minutes. Martinez, Terry and Rodriguez all had four points, which was the high total on the night for the Eagles.

The victory improved Greenwood's record to 14-10 on the season, and with an 8-0 record, the Rangerettes clinched a playoff spot. They can clinch the District 4-3A title on Friday with a victory at home against Monahans.

Pecos falls to 1-7 in district and 7-13 on the season going into their game Friday against Presidio. The Eagles downed the Blue Devils at home earlier this month for their only win so far in 4-3A play this season.


Burgess 2 0-0 4; Jordan 1 0-2 3; Kyle 1 0-0 2; Howard 2 5-5 9; Chase 9 1-1 19; Barron 1 0-2 2; Spain 0 3-3 3; Johansen 0 0-2 0; Hopper 4 2-4 10. Totals 20 11-19 52.

PECOS (23)

Rodriguez 1 2-2 4; Franco 1 0-0 2; Ornelas 1 1-2 3; Mendoza 0 0-0 0; Herrera 1 1-2 3; Martinez 1 2-2 4; D. Garcia 1 1-6 3; Terry 2 0-6 4. Totals 8 7-20 23.

Greenwood 7 15 16 14 _ 52

Pecos 4 3 8 8 _ 39

Three-point goals: Greenwood 1 (Jordan). Fouled out: None. Total fouls: Greenwood 17, Pecos 18.

Eagles' offense crash lands in loss to Rangers

Staff Writer

Here's pretty much all you need to know about Tuesday night's game between the Pecos Eagles and the Greenwood Rangers:

The Eagles scored their first basket of the game on an Oscar Parada jumper with 1:37 left in the first quarter. And they didn't score their second basket until Isaiah Armendariz hit a jumper with 1:07 left in the first half.

Pecos was still in the game after Parada's basket, which cut the Eagles' deficit to 8-2. But by the time Armendariz scored and was fouled by Greenwood's Chris Caver the Rangers had put 29 more points on the board, as the Eagles fell behind by 27 points in the first half and ended up losing by a 64-39 final score.

"I'm embarrassed with the effort the kids put out in the first half," said Eagles' coach Joe Flores. "We did things I thought we'd never do _ not blocking out, giving up offensive rebounds and getting beaten in transition. Those are the things we try to do and they did it to us."

Some good defense by the Eagles and some bad passes by the Rangers in the early going allowed Pecos to stay in the game, despite going scoreless for nearly seven minutes. But Greenwood added a foul shot and a three-point play following Parada's jumper for a 12-2 lead, and in the second period limited the Eagles to eight free throws over the first 6:53 of the quarter, the last two coming from Armendariz, after Greenwood's Jimmy Brooks was whistled for a technical foul for hanging on the rim following a dunk.

Armendariz, who scored 50 points in Pecos' two games last week, was held to 14 on Tuesday by Greenwood, and no other Eagle scored more than six points.

"Today's another example of our problem. If Isaiah doesn't get it done, we don't put any points on the board," Flores said. "All the other guys right now are not playing with confidence. We need to get back to playing our style of basketball. Right now we've reverted back to our old, bad habits."

Greenwood guard Kris Hatley was about the only player on the court doing much of anything on offense for the first eight minutes of play. He had one foul shot, and two baskets in the period, drawing fouls on Armendariz both times while converting the last into a three-point play that gave the Rangers a 10-point lead. But after two foul shots by Justin Lara 30 second into the second period make it 12-4, Greenwood post Shane McNeely scored and was fouled by Lara, then scored on a rebound lay-up and hit another free throw as part of an 11-0 run that ended with two more Lara free throws midway through the period.

After that, the Rangers went on another 11-0 run, capped and ended by Brooks' dunk, which led to Armendariz' free throws. From that point on, the Eagles actually outscored the Rangers by one point the rest of the way, but still managed to allow another Greenwood run to close out the game, a 7-0 streak over the final two minutes, after a basket by Armendariz made it 57-39.

The big lead allowed all the Rangers to get ample playing time, and as a result, Armendariz' 14 points actually led all scorers. Hatley's 10 points topped Greenwood in scoring, but six other players finished with between six and nine points in the game.

The loss left Pecos with an 0-6 record in District 4-3A play and a 10-14 mark on the season, while Greenwood improved to 6-0 in district and 20-6 on the season. The Eagles will be on the road on Friday against the Presidio Blue Devils.


Higgins 3 2-4 8; Hatley 4 2-4 10; Zachary 4 1-2 9; Valencia 1 1-2 3; Caver 0 0-0 0; Gasser 1 0-0 2; Woolfolk 1 0-0 2; Brooks 4 1-2 9; Swafford 3 1-2 8; McNeely 2 2-4 6; Bass 3 1-2 7. Totals 26 11-22 64.

PECOS (39)

Sanchez 1 0-0 2; Parada 1 0-0 2; Armendariz 4 6-13 14; Mendoza 2 0-0 4; Hinojoz 2 1-2 5; Lara 1 4-4 6; Parent 0 0-0 0; Ortega 2 2-4 6; V. Reyes 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 13-23 39.

Greenwood12 30 9 13 _ 64

Pecos 2 15 9 13 _ 39

Three-point goals: Greenwood 1 (Swafford). Fouled out: Greenwood, Higgins. Pecos, Parent. Technical foul: Greenwood, Brooks. Total fouls: Greenwood 23, Pecos 17.

Powerlifters finish second at Ft. Stockton

The Pecos Eagle powerlifting team placed second recently to the Greenwood Rangers in competition held at Fort Stockton.

The Eagles finished with 26 points overall in the boys division to 45 for the Rangers. Crane was third with 21 points and Snyder fourth with 17 points.

"Hugo (Rodriguez) and Roderick (Villanueva) were out taking their SATs, so some of our younger kids stepped up," said Eagles' coach Brian Gibson. "Greenwood got first, but if we had those other kids, it would have been a lot closer." Rodriguez placed third and Villanueva fourth in their weight classes at the Eagles' season-opening meet in Monahans earlier this month.

In the Fort Stockton meet, Chris Orona won the 198-pound weight class with a combined lift of 1,180 pounds. He had a 415-point squat thrust, a 465-pound dead lift and a personal best 300-pound lift on the bench press.

Placing second in their divisions were Gabriel Huertas and Pablo Rodriguez. Huertas lifted 1,095 pounds combined in the Super-Heavyweight class, with personal bests of 420 and 430 pounds in the squat and dead lifts, while Rodriguez lifted 1,080 pounds to claim second in the 275-pound division.He lifted 430 pounds in the squad, 270 in the bench and 380 in the deadlift, while David Muniz was third in that division, lifting 1,075 pounds, with personal bests in all three categories of 255, 405 and 415 pounds.

Dallas Goff was the other Pecos lifter to finish in the Top 3, with a 1,035 lift (385-250-400) at 198 pounds, while Bobby Valenzuela was the other Pecos lifter with a combined total over 1,000 pounds. He placed fourth in the 181-pound division with a 1,010 total (350-255-405).

Adam Ybarra was fifth and Fernando Lerma was sixth in the 181-pound division; Ybarra with a 965-pound lift with a combined 930 lift. The other two lifters to place for the Eagles, Brian Chowning and Daniel Acosta, placed 13th and 19th in their divisions.

The Eagles also had two girls entered at Fort Stockton. Deannady Herrera finished ninth in her division with a 340-pound total, and Savannah Ewing with 12th with a 350-pound combined lift.

"The two girls were both freshman and both competed very well," said Gibson. They're learning the sport right now."

Herrera had personal bests in the squat and deadlift of 125 and 155 pounds, while Ewing had bests of 90 and 125 pounds in the bench press and squad thrust.

Gibson said the Eagles' next meets would be on Feb. 8, when the boys go to Greenwood, while the girls compete at Reagan County.

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