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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Bears put two on all-district volleyball team

Balmorhea Bears volleyball player Amber Cook and Samatha Carrasco were named to the All-District 1-A volleyball team, in voting by the district’s coaches.

The two were among 12 players selected to the team, which was released following Marfa’s loss to Windthorst in the Region I-A semifinals.

The Shorthorns put four players on the team, led by district MVP Leah McWilliams and Newcomer of the Year Brittany Serrano. Trisha Salgado and Nicole Kelly were the other Marfa players chose, while second place Fort Davis was represented by Ray Ann Brewer, Carly Starrett and Jacque Tippitt, and Marathon put three players, Bianca Salmon, Karisma Martinez and Marisol Aguilar, on the squad.

Eagles go to Jal after split with Bucks, Mustangs

Big front lines have been a big problem for the Pecos Eagle boys in their first two homes games of 2006. But the Eagles fared better against a more even match-up in their first road game of the season last Monday in Alpine, and will be hoping for the same thing on Tuesday night, when they travel to Jal to take on the Panthers.

The Eagles and Panthers will play starting about 8 p.m. CST, following the girls’ match-up between Pecos and Jal. And the Eagles will be trying to even their record at 2-2 on the season, after a win last Monday in Alpine and a loss on Tuesday night at home to the Midland Christian Mustangs.

Pecos jumped ahead by as many as 13 points over the Bucks, then had to hold on at the end for a 53-52 victory. The following night, the Eagles ran into the same front line problems against Midland Christian as they did in their season opener against Odessa High, as the Mustangs went inside and outscored Pecos 34-16 in the middle periods to post a 63-39 victory.

“They showed up with some players nobody had seen before,” said Eagles’ coach Chaun Brooks. “They were athletic. The pressed us and trapped us and used their athletic ability.”

Lucas Macha was the only Eagle in double figures in the game, finishing with 16, including one 3-point shot and 7-for-8 shooting from the foul line. Desmond Woodberry’s 22 points led all scorers in the game, while Midland Christian got 10 apiece from John Douglas and Eddie Frasier.

“Lucas has been as consistent a performer as we can ask for,” Brooks said. “Mark (Molina) also had a good day and hit some 3-pointers.”

Pecos had five 3-pointers in the game, three by Molina, and in the win over Alpine hit seven times from 3-point range, three by Macha, who finished with 16 points, while guard Jeremy Rodriguez had a pair of 3s and was 6-for-6 from the line as part of a game-high 18 points.

“We shot the ball really well in spots,” said Brooks. “We’d go hot for about five minutes, then we’d go cold. It was a game of runs.”

Pecos took a three point lead after one period and was up 30-19 at halftime. Alpine would cut that lead to six after three periods, at 42-36. “They tied it in the fourth quarter, but they were never able to take the lead,” Brooks said. “Some of our guys got into foul trouble, and that kind of hurt us.”

Tyler Murphy led Alpine with 14 points in the loss.

Foul shots help Pecos edge Presidio

If nothing else, the Pecos Eagle girls basketball team found out the Presidio Blue Devils are a lot better this season than they have been the past few years, and the Eagles need to work on their foul shooting for January, when they face Presidio again in District 2-3A play.

The Blue Devils, who have been at the bottom of the district for the past several years, jumped out to a 13-2 lead over the Eagles last Monday, in Pecos’ 2006-07 home opener. The Eagles then had to spend the next 2 1/2 periods chipping away at that lead, mostly from the foul line, before eventually going into overtime when Presidio’s Yubia Zubia couldn’t sink the second of her two foul shots with 1.2 seconds left in regulation.

That left the teams tied at 42-all, before the Eagles were able to win in the overtime period, thanks to five foul shots and a rebound basket off a missed free throw, as they earned their first win of the season by a 49-45 final score.

The win evened Pecos’ record at 1-1 going into their Tuesday night game against the Jal Panthers, part of a doubleheader in Jal with Pecos’ boys. Starting time for the girls was set for 5 p.m. CST for the junior varsity and 6:30 p.m. for the varsity contest.

The Eagles won a game that featured 76 free throws and 56 fouls, with 51 of the foul shots going to Pecos and 37 of the fouls to Presidio, which saw five of their players foul out by the final buzzer. “There were a lot of fouls called both ways,” said Eagles’ coach Debbie Garcia, who picked up her first win as head basketball coach.

However, when the game started, it was Pecos’ Chantel Mazone who was the first to get into foul trouble, picking up three in an opening period that saw the Blue Devils dominate the Eagles.

“I think we came out too passive at the beginning of the game,” Garcia said, while Presidio was able to get Mazone out of the game quickly with the three fouls, two on drives towards the basket.

“That was due to my wings. I told them they were getting Chantel into foul trouble by driving towards the basket, and the refs were giving them the calls because Chantel is so big,” Garcia said. “With Adrianna (Armendariz) or Gabby (Garcia), if they had fallen down they would have gotten the charging call, but Chantel is so big it hurts her.”

Presidio’s Arely Levario picked up fouls on Mazone and Garcia in the opening minute and would hit two free throws and later add a lay-up, as the Blue Devils jumped out to an 8-0 lead. Pecos finally scored six minutes into the game on a rebound lay-up by Mazone, and Maria Morales fouled her on the play. But Mazone would miss her foul shot, and Presidio would score twice more before Mazone left the game when she fouled Zubia with 6.4 seconds left in the period.

Zubia hit one foul shot to make it a 13-2 game, but as the second period opened the Eagles began to cut into that lead using a full court press against the Blue Devils. Armendariz scored off a steal by Amalie Herrera, and followed with two more baskets, while Garcia had a pair of free throws to help cut the 11-point deficit to 14-10 three minutes into the period. However, the Eagles wouldn’t take their first lead until the fourth quarter. Presidio would go in at halftime up 20-14, while a basket by Morales at the end of the third period would put the Blue Devils ahead, 29-27, after the Eagles finally tied the score at 27-all on a three-point play by Armendariz with 48 seconds left in the period.

By this time, the Blue Devils already had put Pecos in the bonus, and the Eagles would tie the game and take the lead in the final period despite hitting just one field goal, a lay-up by Rayos off an inbounds pass from Garcia. She followed that up with a foul shot at the 5:06 mark to give the Eagles their first lead, at 32-31 and would never trail for the rest of the period, but the Eagles also could never get ahead by more than two points.

Pecos was 10-for-10 from the line down the stretch, the last two by Mazone with 1:02 to play, which gave the Eagles a 42-40 lead. The Eagles would have two more possessions after that, but both times instead of killing time off the clock they tried to score and ended up missing shots. Doraleil Garcia was fouled by Armendariz after the first miss, and made one of two shots with 34 seconds left, while the Blue Devils got the ball back after the next miss with nine seconds left, which set up Zubia’s two free throws when she rebounded a missed shot by Levario and was fouled by Mazone.

“We’re trying to play a quicker game and at a faster pace,” Debbie Garcia said. “We’re trying to play faster on defense, but then when it’s our turn on offense, we’ve got to learn to slow it down and run our offense, and not try to rush any shots.”

Levario would foul out 15 seconds into overtime on a foul of Armendariz, who made 1-of-2 foul shots for a 43-42 lead. But Zubia than hit a jumper to put Presidio ahead, before Garcia re-tied the game by sinking one of two foul shots with 2:28 left in overtime. Pecos would take the lead for good on two free throws by Herrera with 1:28 to play, and then, after the Blue Devils would miss three of their next four foul shots, Rayos would rebound a missed second foul shot by Brittany Palomino and hit a lay-up with 27 seconds left, giving the Eagles a four point lead, and neither team would score the rest of the way.

“We missed some free throws in the first half, but we came back in the second half and made some when we had to,” the Eagles’ coach said. Pecos ended up 29-for-51 from the line, with Armendariz leading the team in scoring with 14, while Reyes had 10 points and Gabby Garcia nine, all from the foul line. Levario had 15 points for Presidio to lead all scorers.

Pecos also took the junior varsity game, by a 42-30 score. Gia Lujan’s 14 points led the Eagles in scoring.

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