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Thursday, December 26, 2002

Eagle girls take on Badgers in tournament opener

The Christmas break didn't last long for the Pecos Eagles girls' basketball team, as they resume play at 3 p.m. today in Iraan against the McCamey Badgers, in the opening round of the Iraan Alley Hoop Tournament.

The Eagles are one of four District 4-3A teams entered in the 16-team tournament, which opened this morning with Wink taking on Alpine, and continues through the tournament championships game Saturday evening.

The Eagles faced Wink, while McCamey took on Alpine in home games prior to the Christmas break. Pecos survived missing two dozen foul shots last Friday to defeat the Wildcats, 39-37, to improve to 5-4 on the season, while McCamey jumped out to a 41-11 halftime lead at home against Alpine and routed the Bucks, 63-36 and are 13-2 overall.

The Eagles survived their 13-for-37 night at the foul line by doing a good job allowing Wink only one shot downcourt until late in the game, when Kelly Benham started getting open inside to help the Wildcats rally from a nine point deficit to tie the game in the final minute. Foul shots by Danielle Garcia and Stephanie Herrera in the final 30 seconds allowed Pecos to pull out the victory. Herrera ended up leading the Eagles in scoring with 19 points.

"Tiana (Terry) did a better job blocking out, but we still need to improve there," said Eagles' coach Veronica Valenzuela, who played the game with only seven players suited up.

McCamey got most of their points from inside against Alpine, as Bridgette Ouelette put in 19 points, but the Badgers also connected on four 3-pointers, three by Brandy Grigsby, who had nine points along with post Jessica Diaz.

The winner of today's game will play the winner of today's Van Horn-Christoval game at 8 p.m. on Friday, while the loser between the Eagles and Badgers will face the Van Horn-Christoval loser at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, with the winner there hanging around to play again at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the consolation semifinals.

Aside from Pecos, the other district teams entered in the tournament are Fort Stockton, Midland Greenwood and Presidio. Fort Stockton faces Sonora and the winner plays Wink or Alpine in the other two games on the Eagles' side of the bracket, while Greenwood takes on Fort Hancock and Presidio plays Buena Vista in their openers. The host Braves face Irion County and Stanton takes on Eldorado in the tournament's other two opening round games.

Pecos' boys have this week off, and will return to action next Monday afternoon at home against the Jal Panthers. The boys' final tournament of the season is Jan. 2-4 in Fort Stockton, while Pecos' girls open District 4-3A play on Jan. 3 against Monahans.

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