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Wednesday, January 28, 1998

Ponies again outrun Pecos in second half

PECOS, Jan. 28 -- Depth and a lack of inside scoring again
reared their ugly heads Tuesday night against the Pecos
Eagles, during their game in Sweetwater.

For the second time this season, the Eagles stayed with the
Mustangs through the first half of their game in Sweetwater,
only to see foul problems and cold shooting allow the
Mustangs pull away in the second half for a 54-34 victory.

Senior post Lorie Marquez had nine points in the first 10
minutes of the game, but also picked up three fouls and had
to sit out most of the middle quarters. "When she left the
game we were only down by one, and when we went in at the
half we were down by six (26-20)," said Eagles' coach Brian
Williams. "I let her stay out until the last two minutes of
the third quarter, but we couldn't get anyone else to step
up while she was gone."

Sweetwater's Vanessa Lehrmann again found openings in the
final two periods, scoring 15 of her 23 points then. Without
Marquez' scoring inside, Pecos only managed three points in
the third period, left trailing by 16 and were unable to

"The thing that hurt us was we had wide open shots and
missed," Williams said. Shay Lara, who scored 17 in last
Friday's win over Fort Stockton, was 1-for-8 in the third
quarter, Williams said. The Eagles also managed just two
rebounds at each end of the court, "So when we missed, we
only got one shot at the basket, and they got two or three,"
he added.

Lu Washington was the other Sweetwater player in double
figures with 11, and the Mustangs stayed tied for first with
Andrews, both with 6-1 records.

The Eagles, meanwhile, must now win their final three games
and hope third place Big Spring loses theirs to have a shot
at post-season play. Pecos hosts Andrews Friday and San
Angelo Lake View next Tuesday before closing their season
with Big Spring, which faces Andrews and Sweetwater in their
next two games.

PECOS (73)
Arenivas 1 2-2 4; Lara 1 1-1 3; A. Marquez 1 2-2 5;
Armstrong 2 0-0 4; Orona 1 0-0 2; Quiroz 1 0-0 3; L. Marquez
4 4-5 12; Levario 0 0-2 0; Hathorn 0 0-0 0; Thorp 0 1-2 2.
Totals 13 10-12 34.

Bender 1 0-0 3; Lehrmann 8 5-5 21; Lambreth 1 0-0 2; Lepard
0 3-4 3; Swindle 0 1-2 1; Clemens 2 0-3 5; Rannifeld 2 0-0
5; Dowan 1 0-0 2; Williams 0 1-2 1; Washington 5 0-0 11;
Henson 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 10-13 54.

Pecos 11 9 3 11 --34
Sweetwater 14 12 13 15 --54
Three-point goals: Pecos 2 (A. Marquez, Quiroz); Sweetwater
4 (Bender, Clemens, L. Rannifeld, Washington). Fouled out:
None. Total fouls: Pecos 16, Sweetwater 10.

Cold third quarter costly for Eagles

PECOS, Jan 28 -- The Pecos Eagles' effort was a whole lot
better in Sweetwater Tuesday night than it had been for most
of their two home games last week. And the Eagles even held
a 28-26 halftime lead over the defending regional champions.

But in the second half, coach Mike Sadler said, "It was the
same old, same old -- missed lay-ups," and they allowed the
Mustangs to both go out in front and then avoid a late Pecos
comeback in a 64-53 victory.

Omar Hinojos and Fabien Adame got open inside and led the
Eagles' first half attack, during which Pecos held as much
as an eight point lead. However, in the third quarter when
Pecos went cold from the inside, Derrick Franklin stayed

Last season's District 4-4A MVP had nine of his 24 points in
the quarter, during which the Mustangs went on a 20-8 run to
grab a 46-36 lead.

"We were down by four, and they the only reason we were down
by 10 is we missed eight consecutive lay-ups," Sadler said.
The Eagles then had a shot to get back into it late after
causing a couple of turnovers, but again the lay-ups
wouldn't fall.

"We had an excellent effort. We hustled and competed and the
fans saw a great game, but we weren't impressive enough," he

Hinojos wound up with 20 points while Adame broke out of his
recent slump with 16. The Eagles also improved on their
recent foul shooting with an 88 percent (10 for 12) effort.
Along with Franklin, Sweetwater's Brett Bishop was in
double-figures with 17.

The win, coupled with Andrews' loss to San Angelo Lake View,
allowed the Mustangs to climb back into a tie for first with
a 4-1 record at the midpoint of District 4-4A play. Pecos,
meanwhile, fell to 0-5 and are 13-12 overall going into
Friday's home game against Andrews.

"In my senior year we didn't play well in the first half,
then we came on and won all our games until we played
Andrews for the championship," Sadler said. "Hopefully,
we'll get a run going in the second half."

PECOS (53)
Garcia 1 0-0 2; Luna 0 0-0 0; Martinez 0 0-0 0; Navarette 4
0-0 8; Hinojos 7 6-8 20; Matta 0 0-0 0; Adame 6 4-4 16;
Marquez 0 0-0 0; Chavez 3 0-0 7. Totals 21 10-12 53.

Franklin 11 2-5 24; Barris 1 1-2 3; Boatright 1 4-4 6;
Fabela 6 0-0 14; Pules 0 0-0 0; Rivera 1 0-0 2; Poage 2 3-4
6; Sawyer 0 1-2 1; Hernandez 1 0-0 2; Cabelaa 6 1-2 13.
Totals 19 9-12 50.

Pecos 15 13 8 17 --53
Sweetwater 9 17 20 18 --64
Three-point goals: Pecos 1 (Chavez), Sweetwater 4 (Bishop 3,
Oliver). Fouled out: None. Total fouls: Pecos 15, Sweetwater

Bears split in district home openers

PECOS, Jan. 28 -- The Balmorhea Bears opened the home
portion of District 29-A boys basketball play by making
quick work of the Buena Vista Longhorns Tuesday night, while
a bad third quarter allowed Buena Vista's girls to come away
from Balmorhea with a victory.

The boys improved to 16-2 and 2-0 in district with their
78-40 win over the Longhorns, while the girls dropped to
7-11 and 0-2 with a 67-60 loss to Buena Vista.

Balmorhea boys' coach Adolfo Garcia was able to substitute
freely throughout the game, and four players ended up in
double figures. "It was 33-7 at the end of the first
quarter," said girls' coach Ennis Erickson. "He had nine
people out there and all of them scored, so it was pretty

Arturo Miranda's 16 points led Balmorhea, while Travis
Woodruff scored 15, Zane Rhyne 11 and Debiasie Mendoza 10
for the Bears. Buena Vista's loss dropped them to 0-2 in
district play and 5-13 overall.

The girls stayed close to Buena Vista through the first half
before going cold in the third period. "They pulled away in
the third quarter and at the end were up by 13. We came back
on them a little, but it wasn't enough," Erickson said.

Brenda Dutchover led the Bears with 20 points, Cherry Garcia
had 13 and Terry Hernandez 12 for the Bears, who'll face
Grandfalls at home on Friday. Buena Vista upped their record
to 2-0 in District 29-A ad 12-12 overall.

Jones yet to cut coaching hopefuls list

AP Sports Writer
IRVING, Texas -- Not since Tom Landry was hired in 1960 have
the Dallas Cowboys gone this long without a head coach.

Today marks the 19th day since Barry Switzer's resignation
statement was read at a news conference by owner Jerry Jones
and a replacement has yet to be named.

When Jones fired Landry, he immediately hired Jimmy Johnson.

When Johnson got his $2 million resignation check, Jones
hired Switzer a day later.

Jones has twice interviewed former San Francisco coach
George Seifert and former UCLA coach Terry Donahue. He also
has interviewed Green Bay offensive coordinator Sherman
Lewis and he has a strong interest in Brian Billick of the
Minnesota Vikings as offensive coordinator.

Jones didn't name his new coach Super Bowl week as a few
predicted he would, but he made sure his mileage was a tax
write-off. He interviewed Seifert, Donahue and Lewis the day
after the Super Bowl in San Diego.

He previously had interviewed Donahue in Dallas and Seifert
in San Diego. Jones made three trips between the cities last

Someone who didn't get interviewed although he was in San
Diego was Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.

Jones was working the telephones again Tuesday, but wasn't
disclosing where he was making the calls.

Jones could be looking for a package deal. Seifert's strong
suit at San Francisco was defense and Donahue was a college
coach for 20 years. Both need a strong offensive coordinator
and that could be Billick, who has one year remaining on his
contract with the Vikings.

One scenario could lead to Jones giving up a 1998 draft pick
for Billick because of the possibility of tampering charges.

``I haven't made anybody an offer,'' Jones said Monday
night. ``We recognize in order to make decisions regarding
our staff it's important to be as timely as we can.''

Lewis said he doesn't know when or if he'll meet again with

``That's up to Jerry,'' Lewis said. ``It's in his court.''

Jones has spent more time with Donahue than with the other
candidates. Donahue was coach at UCLA when Troy Aikman was
the Bruins' quarterback.

``He brings a lot to the table,'' Jones said. ``It's really
neat to see Terry's enthusiasm not only for the NFL, but for
the Dallas Cowboys.''

Donahue said lack of NFL coaching experience shouldn't be a
serious problem.

``I look at the last two Cowboys coaches (Switzer and
Johnson), and neither had NFL experience, and that's a
pretty good indication of the chemistry and commitment of
this team and organization,'' Donahue told The Dallas
Morning News. ``I feel I'm capable of doing the same

Donahue has worked as a color analyst on college football
for CBS the past two years.

Aikman, who has kept in contact with Donahue, said he
doesn't want to make the choice for Jones.

``I'm not interested in having a friend come in here and no
one else is,'' Aikman said. ``It would make me uncomfortable
if my teammates thought I had something to do with him
getting the job. This is Jerry's decision.''

A decision going into the third week of deliberations that
Jones has been reluctant to make.

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