Mora girls 20-2; Pecos boys 19-2

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By Dave Kavanaugh

District 2-2A archrivals Mora and Pecos butted heads in both boys’ and girls’ basketball this past Thursday at Montoya Gym, and things followed the expected script.

The Rangerettes and Panthers, both riding high in the state rankings for Class 2A girls’ and boys’ hoops, respectively, dominated to maintain momentum as the season hits the home stretch.

Mora girls 67, Pecos 38
Pecos’ Lady Panthers showed fight in the early going, staying within a possession (18-15) by the end of the first quarter.

Even at half, it was just 28-19.

The second half, however, Mora’s depth began to surface. The Rangerettes outscored Pecos 20-7 in the third period to go up by a 48-26 count, and they didn’t let up much after that.
Destiny Pacheco (16 points), Gerty Herrera (15), Chantel Rivera (15) and Brianna Pacheco (10) scored in doubles for Mora.

Ida Valencia paced Pecos with a game-high 17.

Mora, which went on to stomp Peñasco 56-25 on Saturday, is now 20-2 and 4-0 in district;
Pecos lost at Dulce 57-37 and is 6-15, 1-3.

Pecos boys 75, Mora 64
The Rangers have shown measurable progress against Pecos in each of their meetings this season, mounting more of a challenge each time. But the Panthers built enough of a cushion over the first three periods Thursday to be able to cruise a bit in the fourth.

Pecos led 21-19 after one and 41-33 at the break. Another high-output quarter for the Panthers made it 63-47 going into the fourth.

Cody Najar tallied 27 points — including 13 free throws in 14 attempts — for the Rangers and Lorenzo Chavez scored 16.

Pecos went on to rout Dulce 75-39 in a non-district game on Saturday night, improving to 19-2 and 4-0.

Mora is 14-8, 2-2.