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Monday, January 8, 2001

Eagles drop 2-4A opener to Lions

Staff Writer
PECOS, Jan. 8, 2001 -- The new year got off to a rough start for the Pecos Eagle girls basketball team on Friday, as they struggled all night on offense and dropped a 42-27 decision at home to the Clint Lions.

Both teams had their problems scoring in the first half, but the Eagles went backwards after that, scoring only 11 points in the final two quarters after going in at halftime trailing by only a 19-16 score.

“They’re tired, or at least that’s what some of them said,” Eagles’ coach Veronica Valenzuela said after the game. “We came out in the second half and didn’t do much of anything. We didn’t run much of an offense, and we sure couldn’t put it in the basket.”

Pecos led most of the opening period, as Christina Arenivas hit a couple of baskets at the start of the quarter, then closed out the period with a steal and lay-up to give the Eagles a 10-8 lead. It turned out to be the last lead of the night for Pecos, as Clint opened the second period with a pair of lay-ups and two free throws by Michelle Tullius, to give the Lions a 14-10 lead.

Tullius and Marissa Arnold provided Clint with most of its first half scoring, as well as in the third period, when the scored all 11 points in an 11-2 run that gave the Lions a 30-18 lead. Arnold ended up leading all scorers with 15 points, while Tullius finished with 12 points.

A 3-point basket by Kathy Maldonado and a Arenivas lay-up got Pecos back to within seven at the end of the period, 30-23, but the Eagles were then shut out for the first 5 ½ minutes of the fourth quarter, while the Lions were tacking on 10 of their final 12 points to put the game away.

Christina Arenivas ended up leading the Eagles in scoring with eight points, while the team’s two leading scorers for the season, Maricela Arenivas and Philly Fobbs, combined for only seven points. Arenivas ended up in foul trouble for much of the first half, while Valenzuela said Fobbs has bee bothered by a knee injury.

“Her knee’s been hurt all season, but it was hurting worse again tonight,” she said.

The loss, in the District 2-4A opener for both teams, left Pecos with an overall 3-10 record going into their district road opener on Tuesday at Fabens, while Clint improved to 9-13 on the season.  Clint also won Friday’s junior varsity game, 48-32. Jecina Natividad led Pecos in scoring with eight points.

CLINT (42)
Hernandez 1 2-2 4; Moreno 1 0-0 2; J. Tullius 2 0-2 6; M. Tullius 5 2-2 12; Cardona 0 0-0 0; Luna 0 0-0 0; Arnold 6 3-4 15; Compton 0 1-2 1; Miller 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 8-12 42.
PECOS (27)
C. Arenivas 4 0-0 8; Rodriguez 0 3-4 3; Maldonado 1 0-0 3; Molinar 0 0-0 0; M. Arenivas 1 1-2 3; Terry 2 0-0 4; Fobbs 2 0-5 4. Totals 11 4-11 27.
Clint  8 11 11 12 -- 42
Pecos 10  6  7  4 -- 27
Three-point goals: Pecos 1 (Maldonado). Fouled out: None. Total fouls: Clint 15, Pecos 14.

Pecos off-target in weekend road losses

PECOS, Jan. 8, 2001 -- The weather may have been warmer on Friday and Saturday, but the Pecos Eagles’ shooting was cold in a pair of road losses to the Fort Stockton Panthers and Greenwood Rangers.

The Eagles dropped an 81-57 decision on Friday night in Fort Stockton, and then were beaten at Greenwood on Saturday afternoon by the Rangers, 82-54, and despite the relatively high scores, coach Tino Acosta said shooting was the team’s biggest problem both days.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well. We did not play that bad this weekend, but we just could not make one shot.”

Acosta said the Eagles shot under 35 percent (19-for-54) in their loss Friday and were just a little better on Saturday, hitting 20 of 55 shots. “When you don’t make your shots you can’t set up your press and you can’t play defense.”

The Eagles fell behind Greenwood on Saturday by eight points after one period, 22-14, and the Rangers added to that margin in each of the final three quarters, going up 39-24 at the half and 57-39 after two periods.

It was the second loss of the season for the Eagles against the Rangers and their third loss of the year to the Panthers, though Acosta added the team did play better than in their 72-45 loss at Fort Stockton seven days earlier, when the Eagles were outscored 20-3 in the opening period.

Acosta said Alex Garcia led the Eagles on Friday with 11 points, while in Saturday’s game Ezra Varela’s 14 points topped Pecos in scoring. Will Womack was the leading scorer for the Rangers in their win on Saturday, finishing with 20.

The losses dropped Pecos to 4-13 on the season going into their District 2-4A opener this coming Friday, at home against the Canutillo Golden Eagles.

PECOS (54)
A.Garcia 3 4-4 11; S. Garcia 1 0-0 2; Cervantes 0 0-0 0; Varela 6 1-2 14; Torres 0 0-0 0; Salazar 0 2-2 2; Tarin 4 3-5 11; Ortega 2 0-0 4; Mora 0 0-0 0; Vasquez 0 0-0 0; Coria 4 2-3 10. Totals 20 12-18 54.
Hadley 0 0-0 0; Hollums 2 1-2 5; O’Donnell 3 1-1 7; Catalano 4 0-1 8; Womack 8 1-1 20; Hopper 3 0-0 6; Pinkerton 5 2-2 12; Minifee 0 0-0 0; Rowold 0 0-0 0; Graham 2 0-0 4; Adams 8 0-3 16; Fuller 1 2-2 4. Totals 36 7-12 82.
Pecos   14 10 15 15 -- 54
Greenwood 22 17 18 25 -- 82
Three-point goals: Pecos 2 (A. Garcia, Varela), Greenwood 3 (Womack 3) Fouled out: None.

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