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Friday, December 12, 2008

Eagles go into district play off road loss against Steers

A bad start to the third quarter did in the Pecos Eagles girls’ basketball team on Tuesday night in Big Spring, in the Eagles’ final game before their District 4-3A opener on Friday.

The Lady Steers used a 14-6 advantage in the third period to rally from a one-point halftime deficit to beat Pecos, 43-33, dropping the Eagles to 2-6 going into their 4-3A opener at home on Friday night against the Clint Lions.

“They got a lead on us early in the third quarter, and we played pretty much even after that,” said Eagles’ coach Brent McWilliams. “We played a lot better in our halfcourt defense than we have. They were getting most of their points off transition, they weren’t getting a whole lot of outside shots or points in the paint.”

Gabby Garcia led Pecos with 16 points, 14 of that coming in the first half. Garcia also was 6-for-9 from the line in the opening two periods, but didn’t go to the line in the second half. “She didn’t get to rest. She played the whole game, so she was a little tired, and they made some adjustments,” McWilliams said.

Olivia Castilleja had seven of the Eagles’ 11 second half points, along with the only two free throws, while the Steers managed just two free throws on the night, as they were whistled for 14 fouls to just six for Pecos.

“They came out and played us hard the whole game,” McWilliams said. “It got kind of rough out there at times.”

Desiree Anderson was the only Big Spring player in double figures, finishing with 10 points, while Valerie Ross hit the game’s only two 3-point baskets in the third period, when the Steers went from a 22-21 deficit to a 35-28 lead.

The win improved Big Spring to 5-4 on the season, while Pecos will take their 2-6 mark into Friday’s game against Clint, which comes into play with a 3-9 record after losing on Tuesday to El Paso Montwood by a 62-39 final score. Madelynne Cera was the only player in double figures for the Lions, with 10 points.

McWilliams said he hasn’t seen Clint this season, but added, “I got a scouting report from (El Paso) Socorro. They came through and stopped here to practice, and from what they said I think it’s going to be real even.

“They’ve been playing a lot of 4A and bigger schools, and we have, too,” he said. “It looks like in our district everybody’s got one big scorer.”

The Eagles split their sub varsity games with Big Spring on Tuesday, as the freshmen got their first win of the season, 18-8 over the Steers, while the JV was beaten by a 54-50 score.

“We’re real happy with the way both the freshmen and the JV played,” said McWilliams, who said he’ll move JV forward Destiny Simmons up to the varsity for Friday’s game against Clint.

Pecos loses opener to Andrews at Monahans Sandhills tourney

The Pecos Eagle boys basketball team dropped their opening game of the Monahans Sandhills Tournament on Thursday morning, losing to the Andrews Mustangs by a 56-37 final score.

Coach Sammy Soliz said the loss puts Pecos into a 1 p.m. game on Friday against either Kermit, Fort Stockton or Greenwood at the Monahans High School gym.

“We did all right. We’re kind of shorthanded right now,” Soliz said, as Pecos played without starting post Junior Carrasco. The senior, who came into this week leading the Eagles in scoring, but sprained his ankle last week in the consolation finals against Fort Stockton at the Ramada-Brian Wilson Memorial Tournament in Alpine. “Timo (Reyes) played a good game, and had a couple of steals, and German (Rodriguez) stepped in an played a very good game at the four (post) position,” Soliz added.

Andrews’ win put them into a 2:30 p.m. game on Thursday against Midland Christian, while Kermit faced Fort Stockton Thursday morning for the right to take on Greenwood, with the loser there dropping into Friday’s consolation semifinal against the Eagles.

Presidio faced Monahans and Fort Hancock took on Alpine in the other opening round games of the tournament, which runs through Saturday.

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