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January 21, 1997

Bears split first games in district

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PECOS, Jan 21 -- The Balmorhea Bears begin a stretch of three straight
District 29-A road games at Imperial tonight, after splitting their
district openers at home on Friday.

Balmorhea's boys improved their season record to 11-2, as they jumped
out to a double-digit lead after one period, then blew things open
completely in the final period against the Mustangs, winning by an 86-39
final score.

Earlier, Balmorhea's girls ran into scoring problems in the second
half, as they saw a one-point halftime lead over Marathon turn into a
49-25 loss.

The girls led 9-8 after one period and were up 16-15 at the half. But
the Mustangs came out and held the Bears to only nine points in the
final two periods, as they took a 30-20 lead through three periods and
added another 14 points to their margin in the fourth period.

Brenda Dutchover led the Bears with 11 points, while Cherry Garcia
added seven for Balmorhea, which fell to 5-8 on the season. Renee DeLeon
and Adrian Hernandez each had 10 points for Marathon.

The boys poured in 26 points in the first period, while building a
13-point lead, and maintained their margin through the middle periods,
before outscoring Marathon 28-3 in the fourth quarter.

The Bears got most of their scoring from inside, as Zane Rhyne led all
scorers with 28 points and Scott Clark put in 20. Domingo Aguilar was
the lone Marathon player in double figures with 11 points, and Erik
Estrada added six.

Buena Vista comes into tonight's games off a pair of district-opening
wins over Grandfalls, who'll host Balmorhea on Friday. The girls jumped
out to an 18-2 lead after one period on the way to a 54-32 victory at
home over the Cowgirls, while the Longhorn boys rallied from a 10-point
halftime deficit to edge Grandfalls, 62-60.

Eagles hoping to end loss streaks at home

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PECOS, Jan 21 -- The Pecos Eagle boys will try to break a two game road
losing streak tonight, against the current leader in the District 4-4A
basketball standings, while Pecos' girls will hope to end a five game
losing streak against the team that began it, when both teams host the
Sweetwater Mustangs at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

The boys come into their game with a 1-3 mark, 8-10 overall, after
back-to-back losses on Thursday and Friday at Big Spring and Fort
Stockton, by 71-58 and 73-57 final scores.

Tonight's game marks the halfway point in the 4-4A schedule, and Eagles'
coach Mike Sadler remains optimistic his team can snare one of the three
playoff berths. "Lake View upset Big Spring (90-88 on Friday), so it's
anybody's ballgame," he said Monday. The Eagles are tied for fourth with
Lake View and Andrews, a game behind third place Big Spring.

Sweetwater comes into tonight's game with a 4-0 mark in district, 17-6
overall after a 51-35 homecourt win on Friday over Andrews. Tonight's
game is the first in three years between the teams, after Sweetwater
spent two seasons as a member of District 5-4A.

The Mustangs were ranked as high as No. 2 in pre-season basketball
polls, but like Pecos, saw one of their returning starters move away
before the season began. However, they still return 6-foot-6 post Robert
Reed and guard Marcus Franklin. Reed was held to six points on Friday,
but Franklin scored 16 in Sweetwater's victory.

The Eagles will be hoping for some better shooting, both inside and
outside the 3-point line. Pecos had five 3-pointers in a four-minute
stretch at Big Spring to wipe out a 14-point deficit, but have hit only
four others in their last two games.

Pecos' girls were hit with foul problems in Friday's 64-43 loss to Fort
Stockton, similar to the problem they had in their 63-38 loss at
Sweetwater back on Jan. 4.

Leading scorer Lori Marquez spent most of Friday's game on the sidelines
due to fouls, as Fort Stockton won for the first time in four tries
against Pecos. It dropped the Eagles to 1-5 in district, 6-13 overall.

Sweetwater improved to 4-2 and 18-7 on Friday with a 29-28 win in
double-overtime over Andrews, tying the two Mustang teams for second in
the District 4-4A standings. Vanessa Lehrmann was the lone player in
double figures with 10, and she led Sweetwater with 23 points in their
victory over Pecos.

Lucresha Washington and Lindsey Lepard chipped in 16 and 13 points in
that game, as Sweetwater used a 32-10 advantage in the middle periods to
get the victory.
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