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Tuesday, December 3, 2002

Eagle girls host Van Horn, boys take on Midland High

Van Horn will be trying to avoid their second loss of the season tonight to the Eagles. So will Midland High, but in their case it won't be their second one to the Pecos Eagles.

Van Horn's girls will be in Pecos tonight, for a 6:30 p.m. game against the Eagles, the second meeting of the season for the teams. Meanwhile, up in Midland, Pecos' boys will be at the Chaparral Center trying to hand the Bulldogs their second loss in a row, when the teams face each other starting at 7:30 p.m.

The game will be by far the toughest test of the season for the 2-1 Eagles, who have been off since last Monday's 56-24 win at Alpine. Midland High, meanwhile, had won their first five games of the season, none closer than 14 points, until they went up to Hobbs this past Friday and were routed by that group of Eagles, 118-79.

"I talked to coach (Jack) Stephenson, and he was a little disappointed, but when a team shoots 72 percent from the field, they're tough to beat," said Eagles' coach Joe Flores about Friday's game.

A more normal result for the Bulldogs was last Tuesday's home game against a future Pecos opponent, Amarillo Caprock. Midland High won that game by an 83-43 final score, and scored over 100 points in each of their first three games.

"I talked to a couple of other coaches and they're the same team everyone is used to seeing. They run and gun up and down the court and press you at every angle," said Flores. "They don't have anybody over 6-foot-3, but all of them are about the same height and they're all athletic."

Anthony Jackson, Daviin Davis and Marvin Washington have been Midland High's leading scorers this season, with Washington by Bulldogs' main 3-point shooter.

Three-point shooting hasn't been a big factor for the Eagles so far this season, as Pecos has controlled play inside most of the time. But thee Eagles also have had problems converting lay-up attempts, something Flores says can't happen tonight.

"We've done a lot of 8-on-5 stuff in practice, and for the most part as far as the press goes, we did OK. But we've got to make our shots, that will be the key," he said. "I think defensively we'll be in good shape, but we just have to make a couple of shots inside when we have the chance."

Pecos' girls made a lot of shots for the first 2½ quarters of their game last Tuesday against Presidio, jumping out to as much as a 21-point lead before winding up with a 58-44 victory, to improve to 2-1 on the season. A win tonight would allow the Eagles to surpass their victory total for all of the 2001-02 basketball season.

Back on Nov. 22, the Eagles went to Van Horn and came away with a 50-33 victory, though the game was close until Pecos went on an 11-2 scoring run in the third period. The visiting Eagles won despite getting no player into double figures in scoring, while Vivian Anchondo and Mandy Ortega put in 25 of the host Eagles' 33 points.

For tonight, coach Veronica Valenzuela said, "I'd like to work on the press if we can. We worked on it a little bit in practice, but not a whole lot, and when we did, I had two girls missing.

"If we don't do too well with it, we can always take it off," she added.

Play starting tonight at home with the combined freshman and junior varsity squad against Van Horn at 5 p.m., while in Midland, the JV will play the Bulldogs at Midland High at 6 p.m.

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