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Young standouts lead Lady Panthers

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Upside?
The Pecos Lady Panthers have it.
Pecos got a sizable contribution from several younger players Tuesday in a successful season debut, a 35-28 win against Bosque.
Sophomore Ida Valencia fell just two thefts short of a triple-double, tallying a team-high 15 points plus 10 rebounds and eight steals to lead the Lady Panthers.
Fellow sophomore KeeAnna Trujillo had seven points, six boards and four assists, and eighth-grader Brooke Gallegos chipped in five points and four rebounds.
It was Bosque’s fourth game of the season but Pecos’ first.
Consequently, the Bobcats may have been in more of a rhythm in the early part of the contest, taking a 13-5 headstart after the first eight minutes.
Pecos’ defense stepped up in the second period, and it was a 15-13 Bosque edge at halftime.
After a close third quarter, Bosque led 27-24. But in the final stanza, the Lady Panther defense clamped down for a near-shutout, holding the Bobcats to one made foul shot for a single point. Pecos outscored its opponent 11-1 in the period to swipe the victory.
Head coach Leroy Barela and his club were to participate in the Lady Lion Classic Thursday through Saturday in Santa Rosa. Mark Cassidy’s Mora Rangerettes will also be there.
Notes: Pecos’ boys, under the direction of new head coach Russ Gilmore, lost their season opener to Bosque 56-42 on Tuesday. The Panthers got off to a slow start, trailing 10-2 going into the second quarter.Gabe Chavez led Bosque with 21 points; Andres Rivera added 16.
In New Mexico Overtime Sports Center’s first weekly hoops poll of the season, Mora is second and Pecos sixth among Class 2A girls. The poll, released Wednesday, listed the Mora boys at No. 4 and the Pecos boys at No. 7 in 2A. Defending state champion Wagon Mound were No. 4 among Class B boys.