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Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Eagle girls in Stockton, boys in Jal

The Pecos Eagles' road basketball games tonight will mark a first for the Eagle girls and a final for the Eagle boys, as the girls travel south to Fort Stockton while the boys go north to Jal, N.M.

The girls will be playing their first road game in District 4-3A play tonight, when they take on the Prowlers at the Williams Center in Fort Stockton. The varsity will play at 6 p.m., following the junior varsity contest set for 4:30 p.m.

The boys will play their final pre-district game tonight in Jal against the Panthers, beginning with the freshman game at 5:30 p.m. and followed by the JV at 7 and the varsity at 8:30 p.m.

Both Eagle teams were home this past Friday, with different results. The girls opened district play with a 67-33 loss to the Monahans Loboes, while the boys edged Crane by a 56-52 final score.

The girls led Monahans early in Friday's game, but were unable to handle the Loboes' press and fell behind by eight after one period and were never able to get things going. Leslie Rodriguez had 13 points to lead the Eagles, who are 3-13 on the season.

Fort Stockton beat one of the three teams the Eagles have defeated this year, Presidio, in their district opener on Friday and are 10-9 on the season. They were able to rally in their last home game from an 11-0 deficit to defeat Fabens, 62-50, thanks to their own 19-0 streak in the second half.

"From what I understand they're not very big, but they're quick. They're going to run up and down the floor," said Eagles' coach Veronica Valenzuela. The Prowlers are led by guards Ruby Bernal and Crystal Holguin and post Tammy Cash.

Pecos' boys are 7-11 on the year after their win over Crane, in a game where the Eagles took a 15-point first half lead and then held off the Cranes in the final minutes. Oscar Parada and Victor Reyes each scored 16 points to lead Pecos.

Jal has been off for a week and has only played seven games so far this season. The Panthers lost at home a week ago to Pecos' district rival, Monahans, 74-59, a night after losing to Lovington, which routed the Eagles at home in the teams' season opener. Ariel Lujan had 16 points to lead the Panthers.

"I've been watching the boxscores and they seem to be a good team," said Eagles' coach Joe Flores. "Anytime you play a team from New Mexico it's going to be tough."

After tonight, the Eagles will have another tough game, against third-ranked Greenwood in their district opener at home on Friday. The girls will also host Greenwood on Friday.

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