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Wednesday, December 8, 1999

Depth gets Permian past Pecos

Staff Writer
PECOS, Dec. 8, 1999 -- The Odessa Permian Panthers had twice as many losses as the Pecos Eagles going into Tuesday night's game at the Pecos High School gym. But they also had twice as much depth.

So when Eagles' post Philonicus Fobbs got into foul trouble in the second and third periods of Tuesday's game at the Pecos High School gym, the Panthers were able to take advantage inside. Brandi Turner scored all 14 of her points in the second half, as Permian turned a 31-27 lead at the break into a 73-48 victory, their first in 11 tries this season.

"We don't have any height when she's not out there," said coach Becky Granado, who handled the team Tuesday while head coach Brian Williams was in Oklahoma for a funeral. "If she would only stay out of foul trouble I could leave her in there, but also once she gets tired she stops functioning."

Granado said her guards also had problems when they started wearing down after halftime. "I think we did OK until we got tired. When we get tired that's when we start losing it," she said. "Whenever the guards start throwing the ball away, that's when we run into problems."

Fobbs had all six of her points in the opening period before being whistled for her second foul, and the Eagles held a 14-10 lead before Permian came back to grab a 16-14 advantage at the end of the period. The Panthers would go up by as much as a 29-21 margin in the second quarter, off baskets and foul shots by their other post Shimene Ray, who led Permian with 15 points.

But the Eagles' defense came up with more steals on Tuesday than they've had all season, including a pair in the closing minutes of the half that set up baskets by Alexa Marquez and Marisela Arenivas and cut Permian's lead back to four.

But aside from Turner's baskets inside, steals by the Panthers would be Pecos' undoing in the third period, when they were outscored 24-11.

Arenivas cut the lead to 31-29 with a hook shot from the side to open the quarter, but Turner then scored her first two points and guard Melanie Arroyo stole the ball from the Eagles three straight times. The first resulted in a lay-up and while she missed two foul shots after the second, Arroyo then stole the rebound from guard Katrina Quiroz and scored for a 39-29 Permian lead.

While the Eagles were at a height disadvantage without Fobbs, they still had their chances inside, as Permian had some of the same problems blocking out on rebound Pecos has suffered this season. But Granado said while her team had eight more chances in the second half than they did in the first, they only hit one more field goal.

"We took a lot of shots and missed a lot of shots. We were 7-for-11 in the first half, then 8-for-19," she said.

Marquez led Pecos in scoring with 14 points, while Arenivas was next with nine for the Eagles, who fell to 0-6 on the season. In the junior varsity game, Permian won by a 68-12 final score. Laura Hinojos topped Pecos with four points.

The Eagles will try again for their first win of the season Thursday evening at the Sandhills Tournament in Monahans against the host Loboes. The game will begin at about 6 p.m., after Pecos' boys finish up their first round tournament game against Lubbock High.


Arroyo 4 0-0 8; Johnson 3 0-0 6; Robinson 0 2-2 2; Duran 0 0-0 0; Balen 4 0-0 6; Tealer 0 0-0 0; Ray 5 5-5 15; Mosec 4 3-5 11; Beasley 1 2-2 4; Turner 7 0-0 14; David 2 0-0 4. Totals 30 12-14 73.

PECOS (48)

C. Arenivas 0 0-0 0; Rodriguez 0 0-0 0; Marquez 6 2-2 14; Molinar 2 0-0 4; Quiroz 1 0-0 2; Salcido 2 0-0 4; M. Arenivas 4 1-2 9; Medrano 2 1-2 5; Salgado 1 2-4 4; Lara 0 0-0 0; Fobbs 3 0-2 6. Totals 21 6-12 48.

Odessa Permian     16   15   24   18 - 73
Pecos                        14   13   11   10 - 48

Three-point goals: Permian 1 (Balen). Fouled out: None. Total fouls: Permian 16, Pecos 19.

Cowboys cut Cunningham, try out Murray

IRVING, Texas (AP) _ The Dallas Cowboys were expected to sign veteran field goal kicker Eddie Murray today to replace Richie Cunningham, who was released because of his kicking slump.

Murray, who last kicked for the Minnesota Vikings in 1997, worked out at Texas Stadium on Tuesday. He kicked field goals for the Cowboys during their 1993 Super Bowl championship season.

Nicknamed Eddie "Money" during that season, he made 28-of-33 with a long of 52 yards to rank fifth among NFL kickers.

Murray will have to clear waivers before he can be signed by the Cowboys.

After kicking for Minnesota in 1997, he signed with the Detroit Lions, but remained on the team for only one so he could retire as a Lion.

The Cowboys released Cunningham Tuesday although he was showing signs of getting out of his slump.

With an offense that's struggling to score touchdowns, the Cowboys have needed an accurate kicker more than ever. Instead, Cunningham hit just 12 of 22 field goals. He was just 3 of 10 on kicks of 40 yards or more.

Cunningham maintained he's done nothing differently from his first two seasons, when he was 63 of 72. For his career, he was perfect on 95 extra points.

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