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Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Pecos boys down Alpine, girls edged by Wink

The Pecos Eagle boys scored nine points more in their game Tuesday night in Alpine against the Bucks than they did in their season opener last Friday against the Lovington Wildcats. They also gave up 76 points less than they did to Lovington and came away with their first victory of the 2003-04 basketball season.

Three days after Lovington became the first team to score 100 points on Pecos at home in over 20 years, beating the Eagles by a 104-38 margin, Pecos kept Alpine from scoring 30 Monday night, despite four 3-pointers in the game by the Bucks. Oscar Parada scored 14 points and Justin Lara added 10, as Pecos used a 31-14 scoring advantage in the second half to defeat Alpine, 49-28.

Meanwhile, up in Wink, the Eagle girls saw a late rally fall short, as they dropped to 1-1 on the season with a 36-34 loss to the Wildcats

Alpine managed only seven baskets inside the 3-point line and took just four foul shots on Tuesday, while the Eagles got all but one of their 20 field goals in the game from inside the 3-point line.

"We didn't press them at all. We just played really good defense," said Eagles' coach Joe Flores. "We didn't allow any lay-ups and got back well in transition."

Jaime Rojo led Alpine with 11 points and Ryan McWilliams had 10, but the other Buck players combined for just seven points, as Alpine fell to 0-2 on the season.

Pecos only led Alpine by an 18-14 score at halftime, but outscored the Bucks 14-6 in the third period, and then added 11 more points to their lead in the final period.

"We got more aggressive in the second half. I told the team at halftime they needed to play more aggressive and get more opportunities," Flores said.

He added that while Parada and Lara led the Eagles in scoring, "Josh Anchondo and Jose Reyes really stepped it up in the second half."

The win gives the Eagles a 1-1 record going into tonight's home game against Andrews, the final one before the Thanksgiving break. The varsity game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start. Andrews comes into the game with a 2-0 record, opening their season with wins last week over Seminole and Monahans.

Pecos' girls also will be trying to get over the .500 mark tonight when they play in Jal to close out their pre-holiday schedule. In Monday's loss at Wink, coach Veronica Valenzuela said the Eagles were down by double digits in final period before staging a late comeback.

"We were down by 11 with 11/2 minutes to go, and eventually ended up losing by two," she said. "We had the ball with 21/2 seconds left and ran a sidelines play for Leslie. She was pushed and made the shot, but the officials called her for walking. That would have tied the game."

Rodriguez ended up leading all scorers with 15 points. Wink's leader scorer was Jessica Garcia, who had only seven, but the Wildcats suited up 15 players for the game compared with only eight for Pecos.

"They had players going in and out of the game," Valenzuela said. "Wink started running a press on us, and I thought it was going to hurt us, but the girls did adjust and did a pretty good job. But Wink always has some big girls who give us a lot of problems."

She said the Wildcats were able to score against Pecos' man-to-man defense, but the Eagles fared better after they went into a 2-3 zone. Pecos also had more chances from the foul line, but Valenzuela said "I told the girls we would have been in a better situation if we had made our free throws."

The Eagles were 14-for-22 from the line, while Wink only went to the line 10 times, hitting six shots.

Valenzuela said for tonight's game in Jal, she would be down to seven players, with the absence of freshman guard Amalie Herrera, who scored five points on Monday. Vanessa Garcia was the second-leading scorer in Monday's game, finishing with six.

Pecos lost both the boys and girls junior varsity games on Monday. The boys by a 49-38 margin and the girls by a 56-7 score. Luis Licon led the JV boys with 18 points, and Heather Hignojos had four to lead the girls.

Pecos' swimmers sweep Monahans division titles

The results were tighter over the weekend for the Pecos Eagles swim team than in their own swim meet a week earlier, but the Eagles still managed to come away with a pair of victories at the Monahans Invitational.

Pecos beat out San Angelo Central for first place in both divisions, with the girls taking their division title with 257 points to 229 for Central, and 207 points for El Paso Chapin. The margin for the boys was a little wider, as they scored 328 points to 237 for Central and 191 for El Paso Americus.

"Some of the times were a little off, but we still did well enough to hold onto first place," said Eagles' coach Terri Morse. "I saw some things and some different competition we'll see down the road, so it was a good meet for us."

The boys picked up wins in eight of the 11 events held in Monahans, plus the one held on Friday in Pecos - the one-meter diving competition that was moved due to problems with the Monahans High School pool's board. Michael Juarez won that event with 253 points, while T.J. Huffman finished second.

Pecos also had a 1-2 finish in one of the swimming events, as K.W. Winkles took the 200 yard individual medley with a 2:11.57 time, while Matt Oglesby was second with a 2:16 time. Later in the meet, Winkles would place third in the 100 yard breastroke, won by Max Key with a 1:03.75 time.

Winkles, Will Oglesby, Kyle Winkles and Daniel Quintana started off the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay, with a 1:48.22 time. Later, Key, Juarez, Matt Elliott and Will Oglesby would take the 200 freestyle relay in 1:37.14, and Quintana, Elliott, Key and K.W. Winkles would win the 400 freestyle relay, with a 3:30.52 time.

Key and Will Oglesby won both their individual events. Key took the 50 freestyle by almost two seconds, winning with a 22.70 effort to go along with his breaststroke victory, while Oglesby won the 100 yard butterfly in 56.37 and then took the 100 yard backstroke with a 60.27 time.

The other medal winners for the boys were Quintana, who was second in the 100 freestyle and third in the 200 free, Elliott, who was third in the 100 fly, and Kyle Winkles, third in the 100 backstroke.

The girls had two first place finishes on Saturday, from the 400 yard freestyle relay team of Catherine Minjarez, Jessica Minjarez, Betsy Lujan and Susan Moore, and from Moore in the 100 yard freestyle. The relay team had a 4:07.41 time to beat San Angelo Central by five seconds, while Moore won with a 59.91 time, edging out El Paso Americus' Corina Gamboa.

The 200 medley relay team of Teddie Salcido, Lindsey Shaw, Catherine Minjarez and Lujan took third, while the 200 free relay team of Lujan, Moore, Jessica Minjarez and Amie Reynolds finished fifth.

Individually, the other medal winners for Pecos included Jessica Minjarez, third in the 200 free and the 500 free ; Catherine Minjarez, second in the 200 medley and 100 fly; Shaw, third in the 200 medley; and Salcido, second in the 500 free by .39 seconds to Hobbs' Hilary Eades.

The Eagles will have this weekend off, then will compete in the Coker Invitational at Fort Stockton the first week of December.

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