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By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Dec. 23 -- Six minutes was all it took for the Hobbs Eagles to
turn a close game against the Pecos Eagles into a blowout Friday night.
The minutes were the middle six of the third period, when Hobbs went on
a 26-3 run and turned a 34-30 lead into a 60-33 advantage, on the way to
a 74-59 victory over Pecos, in the final pre-Christmas game for the
It was the latest in a number of third period collapses for Pecos this
season, after they seemed to have gotten that problem under control at
the Monahans Sandhills Tournament the previous weekend.
"It we can just try and regroup when we come out in the third quarter,
we'll be O.K.," said Eagles' coach Patty Hall. "We probably tried to run
and gun with them a little more than we should have, and we didn't have
a very good shot selection."
The Eagles got a pair of baskets from Lori Marquez in the first minute
of the third period, cutting an eight-point halftime deficit to 34-30.
But they wouldn't score from the field again until a rebound lay-up by
Ivy Thorp with 1:01 left in the quarter, and by then Hobbs had hit the
Guard Carolyn Hutchings and forward Erica Henry were the main problems
for Pecos. Hutchings had a strong game all around, but once the Eagles
started misfiring, she began breaking downcourt for easy fast break
lay-ups, while Henry and Casandra Mackey were also able to connect on
short jumpers during the run.
"We didn't have anybody back once we did miss a shot," Hall said. "We
were out of position had finally made the adjustment after that. I think
Erica (Orona) did a good job getting back in the fourth quarter."
The game was close for much of the first half. Hobbs took an early 10-5
lead, but the Eagles' press allowed them to score the next 10 points and
go up 15-10. Marisol Arenivas had nine of her 11 points in the opening
period, but the period closed with six straight points from the visiting
Eagles, giving Hobbs a 20-17 lead.
Pecos had some late first half offensive problems. After an Annette
Marquez lay-up make it 28-24 midway through the period, they managed
just a pair of foul shots by Lori and Annette Marquez the rest of the
way, allowing Hobbs to widen the lead to eight. Then, after Lori
Marquez' two baskets opened the quarter, Rose Dawn hit a lay-up off a
Hutchings assist, then hit a three-point play. Foul shots by Penny
Armstrong and Lori Marquez kept it at 39-33, but another Dawn lay-up off
a Hutchings pass started a 19-0 run that pretty much settled things.
Pecos did regroup in the fourth quarter, scoring several times off
steals, but Hobbs was able to avoid any long streaks by the host team,
and maintained at least a 17-point lead the rest of the way.
Hutchings led Hobbs (3-6) with 20 points, while Henry had 12 and Mackey
10 for the visiting Eagles. Lori Marquez got hot in the final period,
and finished with a game-high 25 points, while Arenivas had 11. But Hall
said the junior guard will be lost for most of district play, due to
"I saw some really good things, even though we lost," said Hall. "Ivy
came up at post, which is good, because she's going to have to start
there, and Lori's going to have to move to wing," the Eagles' coach
said, referring to the lineup changes the Eagles will have to make
beginning Thursday at the Odessa Chamber of Commerce's Holiday
The Eagles, 4-7, will have a tougher opening round opponent than
expected, after Greenwood dropped out of the eight-team tournament. Hall
said they'll face Odessa Permian in the opening round, instead of Lamesa
as had been scheduled. That game is set for 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at
Hobbs also won Friday's junior varsity game by a 62-33 final score.
Shea Lara's 14 points led the Eagles.
Dunn 4 1-1 9; Hutchings 9 2-4 20; Henry 6 0-0 12; Worley 1 0-0 2;
Chambers 3 0-0 6; G. Mackey 0 2-2 2; Perry 3 0-0 7; Fluellen 0 0-0 0;
Parks 0 0-0 0; C. Mackey 5 0-2 10; Cleaver 1 0-0 2; Wells 2 0-0 4.
Totals 34 5-9 72.
Arenivas 5 0-0 11; Carrasco 0 1-3 1; A. Marquez 3 1-2 7; Armstrong 2 3-4
7; L. Marquez 10 5-7 25; Orona 0 0-0 0; Bell 0 0-0 0; Barrera 1 0-0 2;
Thorp 2 0-4 8. Totals 23 12-21 53.
Hobbs 20 14 26 12 -72
Peco s17 9 9 18 53
Three-point goals: Hobbs 1 (Perry), Pecos 1 (Arenivas) Fouled out: None.
Total fouls: Hobbs 18, Pecos 8.
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By JOSEPH WHITE
AP Sports Writer
WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 - With an end-of-season, largely symbolic victory
over the Dallas Cowboys, the Washington Redskins closed the book on RFK
Stadium they way they started it in 1961.
The final chapter was Sunday's 37-10 rout over the Cowboys' B-team,
giving the Redskins (9-7) their first winning season in four years and
matching their biggest-ever margin of victory over their fiercest rival.
The first triumph had come 35 years earlier, on Dec. 17, 1961, when a
34-24 victory saved Washington from a winless season.
``There's no way to really make anything better in terms of not making
the playoffs,'' said cornerback Darrell Green, one of 32 current and
former stars introduced during halftime ceremonies. ``But this is the
best you can get. You end up winning nine; you finish in RFK beating the
Cowboys. If I can't get what I want, I'll take this any day of the
The Redskins, who started 7-1 before suffering one of the biggest
second-half collapses in recent NFL history, had been eliminated from
the postseason picture the previous week. Meanwhile, Dallas (10-6) had
already clinched the NFC East title, allowing coach Barry Switzer to
rest stars such as Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith.
``We sat Troy and Emmitt down, but we don't realistically expect to win
a game without them,'' Switzer said. ``The Redskins played well, they
were happy, and Merry Christmas to them.''
The 56,454 fans, anxious to make the most of an emotional afternoon,
weren't the most gracious recipients of Switzer's holiday cheer. They
spent the fourth quarter serenading the visitors with various derogatory
chants, and, after the game, thousands overwhelmed police and invaded
``I just wanted a piece of RFK,'' said Jonah Ray, 14, carrying a handful
District of Columbia police said at least four people were arrested.
With the game of little consequence, the loudest ovations came at
halftime, when the hometown stars emerged from the tunnel, ran up the
dugout steps and jogged onto the field one last time. The biggest cheers
were for Green, John Riggins, Art Monk, Sonny Jurgensen and especially
Dexter Manley, who got special permission from a Texas parole board to
attend because of his recent cocaine conviction.
For the record, the NFL's tenure at what had become at league's smallest
stadium ended at 7:01 p.m., when Ken Harvey tackled Herschel Walker on
the worn grass at the Dallas 45. Next year, the Redskins will move into
a 78,600-seat facility in Landover, Md.
The game included touchdowns runs of 1, 2 and 6 yards by Terry Allen and
field goals of 45, 29 and 18 yards from Scott Blanton. Stephen Davis
added a 4-yard scoring run for the Redskins, while Walker sprinted in
from 39 yards late in the game for Dallas' only TD.
Individual consolation prizes went to Allen, who broke Riggins' team
single-season rushing mark; Henry Ellard, who moved past Steve Largent
into third place on the league's career receiving list; and Brian
Mitchell, who became only the third player in NFL history to lead the
league in combined net yards for three consecutive seasons. Jim Brown
(1958-61) and Gale Sayers (1965-67) are the other players to accomplish
The Redskins also had their highest scoring output of the year and
notched more than two touchdowns in a game for the first time in seven
weeks. Gus Frerotte completed 22 of 31 passes for a career-high 346
yards, and Allen carried 26 times for 87 yards to finish with 1,353
yards on the season.
In addition to Aikman and Smith, the Cowboys also rested regular
offensive starters Mark Tuinei and Eric Bjornson. Given that Dallas had
failed to score a touchdown in three of the previous five games, it
wasn't surprising that the second-team brigade of Wade Wilson, Sherman
Williams, George Hegamin and Tyji Armstrong was able to generate only
235 total yards.
Chris Boniol did break his own team record by making his 27th
consecutive field goal, a 34-yarder in the second quarter, but that was
one of the few bright spots on the Dallas stat sheet.
Wilson was 8-for-18 for 79 yards and one interception before he was
relieved by Jason Garrett in the fourth quarter. Williams carried 15
times for 40 yards and lost a fumble.
Dallas will host Minnesota in the first round of the playoffs Saturday.
``I'm always disappointed when we lose a football game,'' said safety
Bill Bates, also held out of the contest. ``But you got to put things in
perspective. The meaning of this game, as far as what happens to us,
doesn't mean a whole lot.''
(Copyright 1996 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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