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PECOS, Dec. 11 -- When the Pecos Eagle girls play basketball this
season, someone is going to have a bad third quarter on offense.
Tuesday night, it was the Alpine Bucks' turn to struggle on offense
after halftime, as they were held to four points in the third period by
the Eagles, who picked up their second win in seven games this season,
"We just came out more intense this time," said Eagles' coach Patty
Hall, whose team had scored just eight points in the third period of
their last two games. "We were able to find better shots, and we did a
lot of running and looked for the fast break better.
"We still made a lot of turnovers ... We had 10 in the first half and
20 in the second, so we've got to cut that down," Hall said.
The Eagles' overcame four 3-point baskets by Alpine's Celia Garcia to
get their victory, three coming in the second half. The junior led all
scorers with 18 points, including all five of the Bucks' third period
points, and a pair of 3-pointers in the final period, as Alpine tried to
"We went into a zone (defense) and I think the kids didn't know exactly
who to get on and she just tore it up," Hall said. Garcia's 3s came
early in the final period, but the Eagles were able to recover after
Pecos had two players in double figures for just the third time this
season, as Lori Maruqez and Penny Armstrong each put in 14 points.
"Penny and Lori did a super job of rebounding," said Hall. "We did a
lot of scoring from inside, and our defense was a lot more aggressive
Pecos' second win of the year was also the second time they have scored
in double-digits in all four quarters of play. They took a 16-13 lead
after one period, but were only up by one at halftime, 30-29, before
outscoring the Bucks by a 14-5 margin in the third quarter.
"We showed Alpine two types of defense. One group showed zone and the
other showed man, and I think that helped us," the Eagles' coach said.
Pecos held Fort Stockton to three points in the third period last week,
in their other win so far this season.
Pecos also won Tuesday's freshman and junior varsity games in Alpine.
The ninth graders defeated the Bucks, 31-28, and the JV scored a 56-51
The Eagles' next game will be against the team that handed them their
last loss, Monahans, when they face the Loboes at 6 p.m. Thursday in the
first round of the Sandhills Tournament. The Loboes a 3-7 on the season
after a 49-44 victory over Lake View on Tuesday.
Arenivas 4 0-0 9; Carrasco 2 5-9 9; Camarena 0 0-0 0; A. Marquez 1 3-4
5; Armstrong 7 0-1 14; Orona 0 0-0 0; L. Marquez 6 2-3 14; Bell 0 0-0 0;
Barrera 3 0-0 6; Thorp 1 0-0 2. Totals 23 10-17 55.
McAnally 0 0-0 0; Dominguez 2 6-6 10; Seller 0 0-0 0; Garcia 6 2-5 18;
Molinar 1 0-0 2; Havens 0 0-2 0; Rodriguez 0 6-8 6; Ramirez 0 0-0 0;
Vaughn 1 1-2 3; Walter 0 0-0 0; Cervantes 4 0-0 8. Totals 14 16-22 48.
Pecos 16 14 14 11 -55
Alpine 13 16 5 14 -48
Three-point goals: Pecos 1 (Arenivas), Alpine 4 (Garcia 4). Fouled out:
Alpine, Dominguez. Total fouls: Pecos 19, Alpine 17.
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PECOS, Dec. 11 -- Tuesday was a night off for Pecos' varsity boys
basketball team, but the Eagles' junior varsity got in a game, losing at
Imperial to Buena Vista's varsity by a 63-41 final score.
The Eagles trailed 15-3 after one period, but cut it to 42-37 after
three periods, before the Longhorns went on a 21-4 run in the final
Buena Vista's Jason Williams led all scorers with 32 points, while
Orlando Mata topped the Eagles with 13 points, and Jose Contreras added
11 for Pecos.
The JV will be back in action at 12 noon on Thursday, when they host
Alpine's JV in the first round of the West of the Pecos Shootout.
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