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Pecos girls’ defense secures 44-35 win over Cuba

December 23, 2018

It might be the holiday season, but the Pecos girls basketball team is a stingy lot on the hardwood.

The Cuba Lady Rams got a taste of the Lady Panthers’ defensive toughness in a 44-35 nondistrict win for Pecos in Cuba on Saturday night. It was the fourth straight game Pecos held an opponent under 40 points. The Lady Panthers allow an average of 32.5 points per game.

Sophomore Trinity Herrera had a double-double with 12 points and 17 rebounds, while Faith Flores grabbed 14 rebounds as the Lady Panthers (6-2) continue to show strength inside.

“Trinity is always around the ball,” Pecos head coach Ron Drake said. “She’s not real tall, but she can jump out of the gym and she’s got a nose for the ball. And Faith, she can jump out of the gym when she wants.”

The Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Rams 24-14 in the first half for a 24-17 lead. Pecos opened up the second half by outscoring the Lady Rams 11-6 in the third quarter for a 35-23 lead. Cassie Muller had 12 points to match Herrera for high-point honors.

Boys

Pecos 78, Cuba 51

The Pecos boys basketball team continued its hot start, as it completed a boys/girls basketball doubleheader sweep with a 78-51 win over Cuba in a nondistrict game on the road Saturday.

It is the fifth straight win for the Panthers (6-1) after starting 1-2 at Capital’s Al Armendariz Tournament. While the usual players crept up in the scorebook, a new name stepped forward in Juan Varela. The junior forward scored 17 points for the Panthers, with 11 coming in the second half. Anthony Armijo led the way for Pecos with 19 points, Xavier Padilla added 16 and Omar Dominguez scored 14.

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