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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Lady Eagles down Presidio, 1 for 4 at Hoopstown Classic

The Pecos Eagles girls basketball team got their first win of the season, over one of their District 3-3A rivals, though coach Lisa Lowery said they let two other games get away at the Hoopstown Classic in Stanton.

After dropping their opening game to the Iraan Braves by a 69-26 final score, the Eagles came back to defeat district rival Presidio 54-46 on Friday. But they were then beaten by Brownfield, 47-37 and dropped their final tournament game to Coahoma, 51-32.

The losses left Pecos with a 1-10 mark going into Tuesday's District 3-3A opener at For Stockton. The JV will play the Prowlers at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity contest at 630 p.m.

“We played a lot better defensively. We're playing better as far as scoring. We've got three or four people scoring now instead of just one, and that ought to help as the season goes on. But we need to learn how to win,” Lowery said.

Pecos had chances to win both of their final two games, but weren't able to pull things out at the finish, the Eagles' coach said.

“In the last half of the fourth quarter we just shut down,” Lowery said, adding that the Eagles were hurt by the loss of Danielle Garcia, who led Pecos in scoring in all four games.

“We just started falling behind, and couldn't stop it,” she said. Pecos trailed by only a 22-19 margin at the half and were down 30-23 after three quarters, but were outscored 21-9 in the fourth period.

Garcia had 12 points in the loss to the Bulldogs and Adriana Armendariz finished with nine. Against Brownfield, Garcia finished with 14 while Armendariz finished with eight.

“Danielle had two 3s, but we pretty much ran the same defense and it was a slow game,” said Lowery. The teams traded leads in the early periods before the Cubs pulled away in the final quarter.

“We don't know how to finish it yet. We need to learn how to play at the end of the game,” the Eagles' coach said.

In their win over Presidio, the Eagles were able to pull away from the Blue Devils in the closing minutes, though Lowery said the game shouldn't have been as close as it was.

“We did not play well. I think we were down at halftime,” she said. “We came out in the second half and outscored them, but even though they're not that strong, on any given night they can beat us.”

Swim teams take first at Seminole

The Pecos Eagles boys and girls swimming teams both took home first place finishes over the weekend at the Semionle Invitational.

Point totals were not available, but coach Terri Morse said both teams took first, bouncing back from lower finishes in their last meet, two weeks earlier in Monahans.

She said the times, in Seminole's metric pool, “Weren't too bad at all.” She said the girls had their full lineup this week, while the boys “were a little different, because Alonzo (Garcia) wasn't there.”

The girls' 200 medley relay team of Teddie Salcido, Lindsey Shaw, Susan Moore and Amie Reynolds placed second to Hobbs, while Shaw, Ashely Horsburgh, Amanda Contreras and Catherine Minjarez placed second to Carlsbad in the 200 freestyle relay. In the 400 free relay, Moore, Horsburgh, Minjarez and Reynolds were again second to Hobbs, but the Eagles also picked up a third place finish from their 'B' relay of Contreras, Salcido, Ashley Mendoza and Cassandra Mata.

Shaw edged Minjarez in the finals of the 200 individual medley by three quarters of a second, winning with a 2:48.47 time, for one of three first place finishes by the girls on Saturday. Moore followed that up by edging Carlsbad's Amanda Fitch by .03 second to win the 50 freestyle with a 29.57 time, and Minjarez then won the 100 meter butterfly in 1:17.65, with Moore placing third.

In the other individual events, Salcido was third and Mendoza placed fourth in the 200 yard freestyle; Mata was 12th in the 50 free; Contreras was sixth in the 100 fly; Horsburgh was third in the 100 freestyle; Reynolds was second, Mendoza third and Cynthia Marmalejo 11th in the 500 freestyle; Salcido was second and Horsburgh third in the 100 meter backstroke, and Shaw was third, Reynolds fourth and Marmalejo 11th in the 100 meter breaststroke. Marmalejo, Contreras, Mendoza and Mata also took home sixth as the 'B' team in the 200 medley relay.

The boys started off the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay, as Kyle Winkles, Matt Elliott, Matt Oglesby and Dustin Windham won with a 2:04.15 time, and closed out the meet with a win by Oglesby, Elliott, Winkles and Matthew Florez in the 400 freestyle relay, with a 4:07.74 time.

In-between, Pecos got firsts from Elliott in the 200 freestyle, with a 2:12.47 time, and in the 100 fly, with a 1:05.11 time, and from Winkles, in the 100 free with a 59.53 time and in the 100 backstroke, with a 1:06.11 time.

Oglesby was second in the 200 medley and third in the 100 meter breaststroke; while Florez was third in the 100 free and fifth in the 200 free; Adam Medina was 34th in the 100 free and 49th in the 50 free; Windham was third in the 1-meter diving and sixth in the 100 free; and Luke Serrano was 10th in the 100 meter backstroke. In the 200 free relay, Serrano, Florez, Medina and Windham placed 11th.

The Seminole meet was the only one for Pecos between Thanksgiving and New Year's. They're off for three weeks, before going to the Lubbock Invitational on Jan. 7-8.

Seven Bears named to All-District

Balmorhea’s Lorissa Rodriguez and Amber Cook were named to the All-District 2-A volleyball team, while five other Balmorhea players received honorable mention in voting by the district’s coaches.

The Bears’ two selections were among nine first team players chosen. Rodriguez, a senior hitter, and Cook, a sophomore hitter, were selected after the Bears placed third in district this season.

The honorable mention selections for Balmorhea were senior Santana Lopez, juniors Sabrina Lopez, Angie Garcia and Savannah Matta, and sophomore Samantha Carrasco.

District champion Fort Davis put five players on the first team, led by MVP Caitlyn Young. The other selections were Sarah Medley, Denika Salcido and Kelsi Leary. Second place Marathon was represented by Marina Aguilar and Sasha Estrada, while Marfa had one player, Amanda Olivera, on the first team squad.

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