Sports and Outdoors


Kemp splits games at Gatesville tournament
Monitor Staff Reports
GATESVILLE–Kemp’s Yellowjackets split four games at the Hornet Invitational basketball tournament in Gatesville last weekend.
Now 8-9 on the season, the ’Jackets will host the Palestine Wildcats Friday, Jan. 5, with a 5 p.m. freshman contest opening a three-game slate.
Tuesday, Jan. 9, the ’Jackets wind up their pre-district slate with a road game against the hosting Canton Eagles, again opening with a 4:30 p.m. freshman game.
Kemp opens District 13-3A play on the road at Eustace Friday, Jan. 12, with sub-varsity contests opening at 4:30 p.m.
At Gatesville last Thursday, the ’Jackets opened with a 42-27 win over the Commanche Indians from District 7-3A.
“We had a poor shooting game overall,” Kemp head coach Tracy Carter reported. “Defense carried us.”
Kemp opened a 23-8 halftime lead and matched the Indians point-for-point in the second half.
Joseph Simmons led the ’Jackets with 13 points, including a trio of 3-point baskets, along with 10 steals and five assists.
Jacarri Culberson added 11 points and nine rebounds, while Matt Brown had eight points and seven rebounds, Kevin Freeman had six points and five rebounds, and Leif Skierski and Chas Gipson added two points each.
In the second game of the tournament Friday morning, the ’Jackets met the hosting Hornets of District 17-3A, and fell 46-41 in overtime.
It was the fifth overtime game for the ’Jackets this season; they fell to 2-3 in OT games.
Kemp opened a 16-12 halftime lead, and built a nine-point lead in the third quarter, but the Hornets began finding the range, hitting a 3-point basket as time expired in the third quarter.
The Hornets hit four more treys in the fourth quarter, eventually tying the contest at 39-39 with 22 seconds left in regulation.
In the overtime period, the Hornets outscored the ’Jackets 7-2 to capture the win.
Simmons again led the ’Jackets with 14 points, including four treys, and added seven rebounds, while Culberson had 13 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots.
Freeman scored eight points and had seven rebounds, while Skierski had four points, and Brown had two points, five rebounds and three blocks.
That afternoon, the ’Jackets ran into the District 25-4A Marble Falls Mustangs, and fell 56-30.
The Mustangs hit eight 3-point baskets during the contest, Carter reported. “They took control in the third quarter and never looked back,” he said.
Saturday morning, the ’Jackets used a strong second-quarter push and held off a late comeback to edge the District 13-5A Belton Tigers 44-42.
The ’Jackets opened a 14-point lead before the Tigers began hitting from long range in the third quarter.
Belton hit six treys in the second half, but the ’Jackets were able to hold the Tigers off in the final minute.
Culberson led the ’Jackets with 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, while Simmons hit three treys to total 12 points.
Brown added seven points and four rebounds, while Patrick Down had six points and three rebounds, and Freeman chipped in six points and three rebounds.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp’s Josh Carr (32) looks to pass against Royse City, as teammate
Chas Gipson comes up from behind during a Dec. 12 contest.

Mabank girls third at S-R
Monitor Staff Reports

SCURRY–Mabank’s Lady Panthers grabbed the third-place trophy at the Scurry-Rosser Wildcat Invitational basketball tournament last weekend.
Now 8-10 on the season, the Lady Panthers are scheduled to open District 13-3A play at home Friday, Jan. 5, against the Crandall Lady Pirates, with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity contests opening the evening’s slate.
Tuesday, Jan. 9, the Lady Panthers travel to Kemp to continue district play against the Lady Yellowjackets, and Friday, Jan. 12, the Mabank girls will host the Kaufman Lady Lions. Each evening opens with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity games.
At the new Scurry-Rosser High School last Thursday, the Lady Panthers opened with a 39-21 victory over the District 20-2A Blooming Grove Lady Lions.
Shadia Rueb’s inside work led the Lady Panthers, as the senior scored 18 points.
Blaire Hyde added eight points, Miranda Groom had six, both Emily Tucker and Ashley Corter had three points and Chelsea Dillon chipped in a free throw.
The District 10-5A Rowlett Lady Eagles made short work of the Mabank girls in the second round, running up a 13-2 lead en route to a 54-34 victory.
Up by a dozen points at halftime, the Lady Eagles outscored Mabank 21-8 in the third quarter to take the 20-point win.
Rueb again led the Lady Panthers with eight points, as Hyde had seven and Tucker had six points.
Kelsi Reynolds, Dillon and Groom all scored three points each, and Lauren Graham and Samantha Goss each scored two points.
In the third-place game, the Lady Panthers came from behind to nip the hosting Lady Wildcats, 46-40, outscoring them 18-11 in the fourth quarter to take the win.
Mabank opened a 17-13 halftime lead, but Scurry-Rosser outscored the Lady Panthers 16-11 in the third quarter to lead by one going into the fourth period.
Hyde led the Lady Panthers with 11 points, as Groom had nine, Tucker six.
Both Reynolds and Rueb scored five points, and both Dillon and Graham scored four points each.

Upcoming Games

Boys' Basketball

Jan. 5
MHS open
KHS vs Palestine
EHS @ Trinidad

Jan. 8
EHS vs Westwood

Jan. 9
MHS vs Brownsboro
KHS vs Palestine

Jan. 12
MHS vs Kaufman*

Jan. 16
KHS vs Crandall*
*District 13-3A game


Girls' Basketball

Jan. 5
MHS vs Crandall*
KHS @ Ferris*
EHS @ Kaufman*

Jan. 9
EHS vs Ferris*

Jan. 12
MHS vs Kaufman*

Jan. 16
KHS vs Crandall*

Jan. 19
MHS vs Ferris*
KHS @ Kaufman*
EHS @ Crandall*

Jan. 23
MHS @ Crandall*
KHS vs Ferris*
EHS vs Kaufman*

Jan. 26
MHS vs Kemp*
EHS @ Ferris*

Jan. 30
MHS @ Kaufman*
*District 13-3A game