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Monday, Jan. 25, 1999

Pecos boys' comeback try fails at finish

Two quarters of good basketball Friday night was two
quarters more than the Pecos Eagles had managed earlier in
the week in a 30-point home loss to Clint. But in the end,
it was not enough to keep the Eagles from dropping a 63-59
decision in San Elizario to the host Eagles.

Turnovers in the middle periods allowed San Elizario to turn
a six point deficit into a 12-point lead, before the Eagles
rallied to cut that margin to one in the final minute. But a
basket by Eddie Figueroa gave San Elizario some breathing
room, and after a foul shot by Mark Marquez cut the lead to
61-59 both teams missed chances from the foul line, before
Mike Perez clinched the victory with two foul shots in the
final seconds.

"We've got to control our own destiny by making our free
throws," said Eagles' coach Mike Sadler. Pecos was just
5-for-11 from the line, while San Elizario was 9-for-14, but
overall, Sadler was still far happier with Friday's effort
than the performance three days earlier.

"We were right there and had the opportunities, but we
needed a basket and it didn't fall and we needed free shots
and they didn't go," he said.

San Elizario scored 26 points in the second period and 17
more in the third quarter, thanks in part to a series of
turnovers by Pecos. "We had 3-on-2 breaks and didn't execute
and didn't make smart decisions. There were about six bad
passes right in a row with basket opportunities and in turn
San Elizario came back down with the same chances and they
would convert," Sadler said.

Fernando Navarette led Pecos with 20 points, while Frank
Perea broke out of a 3-point shooting slump by hitting four,
as part of a 14-point night. Perez led San Elizario with 21
points, while Edward Gutierrez put in 12 and Figueroa 10 for
the host team, which is 2-1 in district and 12-12 on the

The Eagles dropped to 1-2 and 9-13 overall going into the
game Tuesday night against El Paso Mountain View, which took
sole possession of first in the 2-4A standings by going into
Clint on Friday and beating the Lions, 54-42 victory.

PECOS (59)
Perea 5 0-0 14; H. Garcia 2 0-1 4; Marquez 1 5-9 7; Weidner
0 0-0 0; Navarette 10 0-1 20; Matta 0 0-0 0; A. Garcia 0 0-0
0; S. Garcia 3 0-0 6; Luna 3 0-0 8. Totals 24 5-11 59.

Figueroa 5 0-0 10; Pena 1 0-1 2; Hernandez 4 0-0 12; Perez 8
5-8 21; Garcia 2 0-0 4; Gutierrez 5 2-3 12; Jacobo 0 2-2 2;
Ramirez 0 0-0 0.
Totals 25 9-14 35.

Pecos 17 15 12 5 59
San Elizario 11 26 19 9 63
Three-point goals: Pecos 6 (Perea 4, Luna 2), San Elizario 4
(Hernandez 4). Fouled out: None. Total fouls: Pecos 19, San
Elizario 14.

Eagles survive start to get first district

They started slowly, just as they have in all their
District 2-4A games so far this season. But on Friday night
the Pecos Eagle girls didn't fall so far behind after one
period they couldn't catch up and pass the San Elizario
Eagles before the finish.

The Eagles were trailing at San Elizario 14-7 after one
period, but cut that margin to two by halftime, then took a
one point lead after three periods and pulled away in the
fourth quarter for their first district victory, by a 41-35
final score.

"Overall we controlled the game," said Eagles' coach Brian
Williams. "We still had 27 turnovers and most of those
turnovers were when we were open, but we also had 12 steals
off the press."

The Eagles got two players into double figures for only the
second time this season, with neither one of them being
leading scorer Shaye Lara, who suffered through a 1-for-11
shooting night. Senior posts Lindsey Hathorn and Monique
Levario had 11 and 10 points respectively, as the front line
provided most of Pecos' scoring for the first time this

"We didn't have a height advantage, but it was even," said
Williams, whose team has usually been out-sized on the front
line this season.

"Lindsey shot 5-for-10 and was 1-for-2 from the foul line
and had 12 rebounds. she just played a good game," Williams
said, while Levario scored six of her 10 points in the
fourth quarter.

Williams said he also finished the game with three
sophomores in the lineup along with his two posts. "I had
Lindsey, Monique, Ashley (Salcido), Alexa (Marquez) and
Crystal (Garcia) in at the end of the game. The good thing
is now, I hope they all think they can play."

The host Eagles were led by Ruby Jimenez' 12 points, most
of those in the first half. Pecos' win allowed them to tie
both San Elizario and Fabens for fourth place in the
District 2-4A standings, with 1-4 records. Pecos is 4-18 and
San Elizario 3-18 on the season.

All three teams are two games behind Mountain View for the
third and final Class 4A playoff berth at the midway point
of the district schedule. The Eagles open second half play
on Tuesday by hosting Mountain View, which beat Pecos in the
2-4A opener three weeks ago.

PECOS (41)
Lara 1 0-0 2; Marquez 2 2-6; Garcia 1 0-1 2; Molinar 0 0-0
0; Quiroz 1 2-2 4; Salcido 1 2-2 4; Levario 3 4-9 10;
Hathorn 5 1-2 11; Fobbs 0 0-0 0; Payne 1 0-0 2.
Totals 15 11-20 41.

Rodriguez 0 0-0 0; R. Diaz 4 0-0 8; C. Diaz 1 2-2 4; Flores
0 0-0 0; Figueroa 1 0-0 2; Martinez 4 1-2 9; Jimenez 6 0-2
12; Reyes 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 3-6 35.

Pecos 7 15 9 10 41
San Elizario 14 10 6 5 35
Three-point goals: None. Fouled out: None. Total fouls:
Pecos 11, San Elizario 17.

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