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January 31, 1997

Eagle girls end season with Steers

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PECOS, Jan. 31 -- The Pecos Eagle girls will be trying to improve on
their worst night of the season in their final game of the season
tonight, while Pecos' boys look to snap a five-game losing streak which
began against the Big Spring Steers, when the Eagles face Big Spring at
6 and 7:30 p.m.

Pecos' girls have lost eight straight, after a district-opening win over
Fort Stockton, while Big Spring clinched their sixth straight District
4-4A title on Tuesday with a victory at Andrews, and can complete an
undefeated season in 4-4A play with a win tonight.

The Eagles come off a 50-40 loss at San Angelo, in which a 17-2 second
period by the Maidens provided Lake View with its margin of victory. But
that was a small problem compared to their Jan. 16 trip to Big Spring,
when the Steers jumped out to a 25-2 lead after one period and led later
by a 39-2 margin, on the way to an 89-31 victory.

Keesha Lott and Krissi McWherter led the Steers' early scoring run, with
many of Big Spring's baskets coming off turnovers. Pecos will get a
little help there tonight, as point guard Marisol Arenivas regains her
eligibility after missing the Eagles' last 13 games.

Coach Patty Hall is also hoping the junior can help Pecos' outside
scoring. She had eight 3-pointers in 10 games -- the Eagles have hit
just six 3-pointers in their nine district games this month.

"Hopefully she can hit some 3s, that's what everybody in the district
has that we don't," Hall said Wednesday. "If we can get a 3-point
shooter, that will open up our offense some."

Three-point shots got Pecos' boys back into their first meeting with the
Steers. They hit five in 3½ minutes of the second half, turning a 36-22
deficit into a 42-38 lead. But the Steers came back after that to
control the rebounding inside, and pulled away in the closing moments
for a 71-58 victory.

Jacob Chavez' four 3-pointers led the comeback, while Steers' guard John
Smith topped all scorers with 24 points.

On Tuesday, the Eagles again used some 3-pointers, this time by Eric
Abila, to cut a 17-point Lake View deficit down to five, before the
Chiefs held on for the victory. It kept them tied with Big Spring and
Fort Stockton for second in the 4-4A standings, all with 4-3 records,
while Pecos' loss left them at 1-5 in district play.

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