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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Powerlifters set to open season Jan. 13

The Pecos Eagles' powerlifting team will again open their season with a home match, set for January 13, and which will be the first of four regular season matches for the Eagles.

Pecos will host other area teams for the season opener on Jan. 13, and will have matches in Monahans, Kermit and McCamey on Jan. 27, Feb. 10 and Feb. 24. The girls regional tournament will be held on March 3 at a site to be announced, while the boys' regional will be the following weekend, also at a location to be determined.

State finals for the girls will be on March 16-17 at Killeen and the boys' state finals will be on March 23-24 at Houston Aldine High School.

Shorthanded Pecos girl's fall hard to Andrews

The Pecos Eagle girls basketball team had a rough finish to 2007 on Saturday in Sweetwater against the Mustangs.

Going without two players, the Eagles were routed by the Mustangs, falling to Sweetwater by a 74-33 final score.

"They were just pretty amazing. They really impressed me," said Eagles' coach Donna Gent of the Mustangs. "They worked well together, took high percentage shots and did a good job up and down the court."

The Eagles, who fell to 7-9 on the season with their third straight loss, played minus junior guard Gabby Garcia and sophomore post Veronica Tarin. Gent said Garcia was out due to the knee injury she suffered in Pecos' Dec. 21 loss at Midland Lee, while Tarin didn't make the trip to Sweetwater Saturday morning.

"Gabby did some shooting on the side and just a little bit of running (Friday), but her latteral movement wasn't what Doc (trainer Joel Birch) said it needed to be to play Saturday," Gent said.

The absence of Garcia meant the Eagles were minus their leading scorer for the second game in a row, while Tarin's absence gave Sweetwater an even bigger height advantage inside against Pecos.

"They were so much taller than we were," Gent said. "Without Vedo, my tallest girl was Jasmine (Rayos), and she had 10 rebounds, 20 points, three assists and three steals, but we didn't get much scoring out of anyone else."

"We broke their press, but we just didn't get many shots off. After Jasmine, my next leading scorer was Catherine (Moore) with six," she added.

Defensively, Pecos had problems with Sweetwater's Kayla McKinney and Bennie Smith, and Gent said the other Mustangs also shot well.

"They were 89 percent on their free throws and about 75 percent on their field goal percentage," she said. "They had one girl score 23 points, another score 17 and another 10, and they outrebounded us about three-to-one."

Gent said she hoped to have a full squad available this Friday, when the Eagles play their first game of 2008 by hosting the Greenwood Rangerettes. Greenwood comes into the game off a 58-45 loss to district rival Lamesa on Saturday at Lubbock Coronado, in the consolation championship of the Ambucs Caprock Holiday Tournament. Dana Howard led the 13-10 Mustangs with 15 points.

Sweetwater also won Saturday's game over Pecos' junior varsity, by a 41-19 score.

Pecos' boys were off over the holidays, and will return to action at 8 a.m. on Friday against two-time defending Class A-Division II champion Nazareth in the Brian Wilson Memorial Tournament, at the Pete Gallego Center at Sul Ross State University in Alpine.

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