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Wednesday, January 10, 2001

Eagles cage `Cats for first 2-4A win

PECOS, Jan. 10, 2001 -- Three hours on a bus seemed to work as well for the Pecos Eagle girls basketball team as it did back in the fall for the Eagles’ volleyball team, as they came up with their first win of the season in District 2-4A play, beating the Fabens Wildcats by a 51-45 final score.

The Eagles fared better on the road than at home during district volleyball play, and came into Tuesday’s game off a flat 42-27 home loss to Clint last Friday. But coach Veronica Valenzuela said Pecos led all the way against Fabens.

“We had not as many turnovers. We didn’t try to rush it as much,” she said, while getting more balanced scoring this time around.

“We had other people shooting from the outside besides Maricela (Arenivas). Jessica (Rodriguez) and Dee Dee (Molinar) were more aggressive,” Valenzuela said.

Philly Fobbs scored 18 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter, while Molinar had 12 and Rodriguez put in nine points. Valenzuela said both Fobbs and Arenivas, who finished with five points, were in first half foul trouble as well.

“I had to sit them down, but Tiana (Terry) did a good job at post as far as rebound going, and I moved Dee Dee to the outside, where she got most of her points,” she said. “Defensively, we went to a zone in the second half, which seemed to help, because they weren’t as tired.”

Rebecca Alarcon scored 19 points to lead Fabens, which fell to 0-2 in district and 6-15 on the season. The Eagles are now 1-1 in district and 4-11 overall going into their Friday night home game against the Canutillo Golden Eagles, who also are 1-1 in district after a 29-25 loss to El Paso Mountain View on Tuesday. Mountain View is 2-0 in 2-4A play and is tied for first with Clint, which beat San Elizario, 31-25.

Fabens did win Tuesday’s junior varsity game, 47-20. High scorers for the Eagles were not available.

PECOS (51)
C. Arenivas 0 2-2 2; Rodriguez 4 1-2 9; Maldonado 0 0-0 0; Molinar 5 2-6 12; M. Arenivas 2 0-1 5; Terry 3 0-0 6; Fobbs 9 0-5 18. Totals 23 5-18 52.
Alarcon 7 5-8 19; Martinez 0 0-2 0; Macias 0 0-0 0; Proverico 2 1-2 5; Montalango 1 0-0 2; Portillo 1 0-0 2; Margallanes 3 0-0 8; Avila 2 1-4 7; Bustamante 0 2-4 2. Totals 17 9-20 45.

Pecos        8    18    11    15    -- 52
Fabens        6    17     9    13    -- 45
Three-point goals: Pecos 1 (M. Arenivas), Fabens 2 (Magallanes 2). Fouled out: Pecos, Fobbs

Bears sweep district openers

PECOS, Jan. 10, 2001 -- District 9-A play opened with a pair of wins at home Tuesday night for theBalmorhea Bears, as the girls downed Sierra Blanca by a 50-24 score, whilethe boys defeated the Vaqueros by a 64-56 score.

The games were the first of the New Year for Balmorhea. Coach Gary Gallego said last week’s game against Van Horn was canceled due to cold weather, while the Bears originally scheduled district opener last Friday againstDell City was postponed due to a fire in the Dell City gym during the holidays.

The long layoff didn’t seem to hurt the girls, who jumped out to a 14-3 leadafter one period over Sierra Blanca. “Terri Hernandez … started off hittingher first three shots and finished with 10 points in the first quarter, andCelina Rodriguez had four points in the first quarter,” Gallego said.

Hernandez ended up leading all scorers with 26 points, while Rodriguez had 17. Julia Garlick had four points, Chela Arredondo two and Fabrian Lujanone for the Bears.

Gallego said Joanna Garza also did a good job for Balmorhea, even thoughshe didn’t score. “Our girl played good defense on Sonia Ortega. We playeda box-and-1 and she had been averaging 22 points and she was held to only12,” he said.

Balmorhea led by a 25-10 score at the half, and while the lead was cut slightly after three period, the Bears finished things off with a 13-4 fourth quarter. The win improved Balmorhea’s record to 8-9 on the season.

The boys are 9-2 after their win, but unlike the girls, they had to comeback from a 10-point halftime deficit to win. Sierra Blanca outscored Balmorhea 19-8 in the second period to grab a 35-25 lead, before the Bears responded with a 23-7 third quarter, to go back up by a 48-42 margin.

Isaiah Rodriguez led all scorers with 23 points, while Jourmain Matta added 10 and Billy Lozano put in eight points. Sierra Blanca had three playersin double figures, led by Joel Sanchez with 17 points and T.J. Bustamantewith 16.

The Bears will be at home again for their final non-district games on Friday night, against the Marfa Shorthorns. Gallego said the game against Dell City would be made up next month, following completion of the teams’ other districtgames.

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