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Dec. 12, 1996

JV, freshman games open tourney

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PECOS, Dec. 12 -- The varsity teams won't begin play until Friday, but
freshman and junior varsity squads will see their first action today, in
the West of the Pecos Shootout at the Pecos High School gym.

The JV tournament, the oldest of the three this weekend, will open its
22nd season with a 12 noon game matching the Eagles against the Alpine
Bucks' JV. That's followed by a 1:30 p.m. matchup between Lydia
Patterson and Greenwood. Van Horn takes on Kermit at 3, and Fort
Stockton's JV faced Odessa High's sophomores in the initial first round
matchup, at 4:30 p.m.

The first round losers will have to play again today, with the
Pecos-Alpine loser facing either Van Horn or Kermit at 7:30 p.m., after
the OHS-Fort Stockton and LPI-Greenwood consolation semifinal at 6 p.m.
The Pecos-Alpine and Van Horn-Kermit winners play at 10:30 a.m. Friday,
with the second semifinal contest set for 12 noon.

Outside of Odessa High, which doesn't have a ninth grade squad, the
same teams are in the freshman division, though in different pairings.

Pecos drew a first round bye and will face the winner between Kermit
and Van Horn at 6 p.m. tonight. Those teams play at 3 p.m. today in the
old Pecos High School gym, after Alpine takes on Lydia Patterson at 12
noon and Greenwood faced Fort Stockton at 1:30 p.m. in the other half of
the bracket.

A win tonight would put Pecos' freshmen into Saturday's 9:30 a.m.
championship game, while a loss would put them in the third place
contest, at 6 p.m. Friday. All freshman games are scheduled for the old
PHS gym.

Pecos' varsity also drew a first round bye and will play their first
game at 6 p.m. Friday, against either San Elizario or Odessa High. Those
two teams play at 12 noon Friday. In the other half of the bracket, El
Paso Mountain View will meet Lydia Patterson at 10:30 a.m. and McCamey
takes on Alpine in a 1:30 p.m. contest.

Lydia Patterson is the defending champion in the tournament, having
beaten Pecos in the finals last season by an 83-68 final score. LPI
comes into the fifth annual West of the Pecos Shootout off a 59-43
consolation finals victory last weekend over San Elizario in the Lion
Country Classic at Clint.

In the JV division, Lydia Patterson is also the defending champ, having
beaten Seminole in last year's finals, 47-40, while in the freshman
division Pecos won the 1995 tournament title, 71-53 over LPI.

Pecos girls play Loboes in rematch

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PECOS, Dec. 12 -- The Pecos Eagles will try to get to the .500 level for
the first time since the start of the 1996-97 girls basketball season
this weekend at the Sandhills Tournament in Monahans.

But to do that, they'll have to fare a lot better than they did a week
ago against the host Loboes, when they take on Monahans in a 6 p.m.
opening round game tonight.

Pecos comes into the game off their second win of the season, a 55-48
victory at Alpine, in which the Eagles used a 14-5 advantage in the
third period to produce their margin of victory. But three days earlier,
the Eagles had scored just two points in the first period and two in the
third against Monahans, in a 52-22 loss to the Loboes in the third place
game of the West Texas Shootout in Crane.

That was only Monahans' second victory of the season, but they got their
third on Tuesday night in San Angelo, rallying from a five point deficit
after three periods to defeat Lake View, 49-44, and improve to 3-7 on
the season.

Senior Leah Johnson had 12 points in Tuesday's win and in Saturday's
victory over Pecos, while Eunice Tarango hit a pair of three point shots
both against the Maidens and the Eagles.

"We need to concentrate on stopping Johnson and Tarango," said Eagles'
coach Patty Hall. "She (Johnson) got all their points in the first
period," on Saturday, when the 6-footer put in eight points and the
Loboes took a 15-2 lead.

Three-pointers by Alpine's Celia Garcia almost got the Bucks back into
Tuesday's game, after Pecos turned a 30-29 halftime lead into a 44-34
advantage through three periods. In a turnaround from Saturday, the
Eagles took control inside, as Lori Marquez and Penny Armstrong each put
in 14 points against the Bucks.

The winner of tonight's game will face the winner of today's El Paso
Burges-Reagan County game on Friday at 6 p.m., while the losers meet at
noon in the consolation semifinals. Reagan County comes off a 66-39 loss
to two-time defending Class 2A state champion Ozona on Tuesday, while
Burges defeated Alpine last Saturday, 41-34, at the Brownfield

Kermit faced Fabens and El Paso Franklin took on Fort Stockton earlier
today in the other half of the tournament bracket.

The games will alternate with games in the boys division, with the
girls' finals at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Bears battle Shorthorns after Tuesday victories

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PECOS, Dec. 12 -- The Balmorhea Bears open play in the Longhorn Classic
at Imperial this afternoon, with both the boys and girls teams taking on
the Marfa Shorthorns.

Balmorhea's girls face Marfa at 3:30 p.m., followed by the boys' matchup
at 5 p.m. Grandfalls faces Jal, N.M., and Dell City takes on Sanderson
in first round boys and girls play as well, while the host Longhorns
face McCamey's junior varsity in their first round game, and the girls
play Odessa High's JV in their opener.

Both Balmorhea teams played sub-varsity squads on Tuesday, and each came
away with victories.

Playing at home, Balmorhea's girls defeated Kermit's JV by a 34-27
final, while Balmorhea's boys routed Fort Stockton's sophomores by a
74-39 margin on the Panthers' home court.

"It wasn't a real tough game," said coach Michael Barrandey, who had
expected to face the Panthers' JV. But the Bears' coach added "It gave
us a good workout. When you make the football playoffs, it's tough to
get early games, because you may have to cancel out, so we got a couple
of games, which was better than scrimmaging ourselves."

Debiasie Mendoza had 30 points to lead the Bears, and Kevin Castillo
added 2, while Victor Lopez' eight points topped the Panthers' sophs in
scoring. The win kept the Bears unbeaten so far this season, with a 3-0

The girls were led by Cherry Garcia's 14 points, as they improved to 2-1
on the year. Coach Ennis Erickson was unavailable this morning, but
Barrandey said "According to coach Erickson it was a pretty good game.
If he had kept all his starters in it would have been a bigger margin,
but this early in the season, he wants to get everybody some playing
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