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Friday, January 12, 2007

Powerlifters open new season by hosting meet

Eleven teams will be in Pecos on Saturday for the Pecos High School Powerlifting competition, the first powerlifting meet of the 2007 season.

Coach Fred Howard said the meet would start at 9 a.m. at the old Pecos High School gym. “The weigh-ins will start between 6 and 7:30. We’re expecting 11 teams and probably between 150 and 300 lifters,” he said.

Howard said he expected to have between 25 and 35 lifters entered on Saturday. “We have 25 boys and 13 girls who will compete this year, and over 70 who’ve come through workouts,” he said, though some will miss competition due to this weekend’s Reeves-Loving County Junior Livestock Show.

He said all but one of his returning lifters from last season are back. “We has six regional qualifiers for the boys and five from the girls,” Howard said.

Regional qualifiers are based on results during meets in January and February, and are divided by weight class and based on total weight lifted in the bench press, squat thrust and dead lift. The girls regional will be held the first weekend on March and the boys the following week, with the top finishers there advancing to state competition.

Pecos struggles in 67-48 loss to Crane

The Pecos Eagles had problems both with their ball handling and their shooting Tuesday night in Crane, dropping a 67-48 decision to the Golden Cranes, in their final pre-district road game of the 2006-07 basketball season.

Crane post Avery Rigg scored 20 points, as Crane jumped out to a 34-20 halftime lead and were up by 20 points after three quarters.

“They pressed us and got a lot of steals off that,” said Eagles’ coach Chaun Brooks, whose team will have three more home games, starting Friday night against Rankin, before District 2-3A play begins at the end of the month.

Defensively, Brooks said while the Eagles had six 3-point shots, they didn’t have a good night shooting the ball and had problems bringing the ball upcourt. “They denied us the inbounds pass, and that just killed us,” he said.

“They dropped back into a 1-3-1 zone and we just couldn’t hit a shot,” Brooks said. “Daniel Reyes shot the ball fairly well, but he was the only one.”

Reyes ended up with 16 points for the Eagles, who played most of the way minus guard Mark Molina. “He forgot his knee brace, and is kind of gimpy without it,” Brooks said. “I asked if he could go, and he started, but he just played about two minutes, and I don’t know if he took a shot.”

“It was a tough game all the way around. Justo (Dominguez) had 10 points, but he had some crucial turnovers. Vance (Mondragon) fouled out, and that hurt us up front. He played about two minutes in the second half, and had three fouls in the first quarter.”

Crane, got back over the .500 mark at 10-9 with their win, while the Eagles saw their record drop to 6-11 going into Friday’s 7:30 p.m. game at home against Rankin. It’s the second meeting for the two teams this season, with the Red Devils coming out on top by a 47-42 score in the opening round of the Oil Patch Tournament in Wink last month. Lucas Macha led the Eagles that game with 13 points, while Jason Martinez’s 11 was high-point for Rankin.

Because of Saturday’s powerlifting competition at the old Pecos High School gym, Friday’s junior varsity game between the Eagles and Red Devils will be played in the Zavala Middle School gym, starting at 6 p.m. Brooks said Pecos’ junior varsity scored a 19-point win over Crane on Tuesday, though the exact final score was not available. Matthew Rodriguez had 12 points for the Eagles.

Eagles down Panthers for first win of 2007

Points were a little easier to come by for the Pecos Eagle girls basketball team in their first home game of 2007, than it had been in their two road games last week. But coach Debbie Garcia would still like to see the Eagles complete their plays a little better than they did in Tuesday night’s 46-38 win over the Jal Panthers.

The Eagles trailed only in the early going against Jal and picked up their third win of the season over the Panthers, but were never able to break things open, and saw Jal cut an 11-point lead down to six in the final period, before Pecos was able to regain control and go up by as many as 14 points in the closing minutes.

Adriana Armendariz and Chantel Mazone, who combined for just one point in last Friday’s 10-point loss at Greenwood, had four points by midway through the opening period and finished with a combined 23 in the game, 18 of that by Armendariz, who found openings under the basket for a series of lay-ups in the second half.

“I told the girls they have to see things on the court for themselves,” Garcia. “I can make suggestions from the sidelines, but if I tell them, they immediately go there, even if it’s no longer there. I’ve got to get the girls to understand these are only suggestions, and they’ve got to recognize things for themselves.

“Today, I thought we saw some opportunities better, but we either threw the ball too hard or we didn’t go to the ball when we should,” she said.

The Eagles had problems with their passes in the opening period, when Jal had more attempts but came away from the period trailing 6-5, after taking an early 3-0 lead. Along with the baskets by Armendariz and Mazone, Brittany Rodriguez had a pair of free throws in the quarter.

Armendariz had a foul shot and jumper to start the second period, but Jal’s Lupita Fuentes then converted a three-point play to get the Panthers back to within a point. Pecos put Jal in the bonus early in the second period, and the Panthers were able to stay close to the Eagles from, the foul line through the end of the half, which finished up with Pecos leading by a 20-16 margin.

A basket by Claudia Navarette got the Panthers to within two to start the third period, but Pecos then went on an 11-2 run to take a 31-20 lead. Baskets by Mazone and Armendariz started the run, while Amalie Herrera and Jasmine Rayos also hit shots before Armendariz scored on a lay-up and was fouled by Navarette, with the three-point play giving the Eagles their first double-digit lead of the night.

Pecos closed the period up by 10 and a Herrera foul shot then made it 36-25, before Navarette hit a 3-pointer and then another side jumper to cut that lead to 36-30. She then had a chance to narrow it to a four-point game with 5:14 to play when she was fouled by Rayos, but missed the front end of a one-and-one, and Armendariz then found Claire Weinacht at the other end of the court for a lay-up that increased the lead to 38-30.

Armendariz then had three straight lay-ups after foul shots by Jal’s Fuentes and Pecos’ Jenny Palomino to make it a 45-31 game with two minutes remaining.

“All the girls got playing time tonight, and I was glad to see that, but we can’t be a passive team,” Garcia said. “We have to be an aggressive team; not a fouling team, but we have to be aggressive and smart, and I didn’t think we were aggressive at times in the 2-3 zone.

“We still have a problem with the girls at the top not sinking (inside) and covering the middle, and we’re still turning the ball over way too much,” said Garcia, whose team is now 5-10 going into Friday night’s game at home against the Rankin Red Devils. Pecos played Rankin last month in Wink at the Oil Patch Tournament and lost to the Red Devils by a 52-25 final score.

“They shoot the ball real well,” said Garcia of the Red Devils, who outscored the Eagles by 16 points in the final period during their first meeting.

Play will start on Friday at 5 p.m. with the junior varsity game, followed by the varsity contest around 6:30 p.m. Pecos’ JV also won their game on Tuesday, defeating Jal by a 44-13 score. Veronica Tarin had 14 points to lead the Eagles in scoring.

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