Yellowjackets lose two
By Sam Epps
QUINLAN–The Kemp Lady Yellowjackets lost to the hosting
Quinlan-Ford Lady Panthers, 57-39, while the boys fell to the
visiting Palestine Westwood Panthers, 58-33, Tuesday.
In Quinlan, both teams started equal, with defense being the
name of the game.
Both teams scored just four points in the first period.
Quinlan’s offense showed up in the second period, scoring 22
points, while Kemp scored just 10, leaving a 26-14 score at
Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
Kemp Yellowjacket Corey Watkins struggles to maintain control of
a rebound while getting pressure from a Palestine Westwood
defender (21) Tuesday. Kemp lost to the visiting Panthers,
Kemp scored 25 points in the second half of the game – 13 in the
third period, and 12 in the fourth – but the Lady Panthers
topped them by scoring 16 and 15, respectively.
Lady Yellowjacket Brianna Powell led Kemp’s offense with 18
points, while Taylor Day scored eight points.
Kandace Rose was held to four points, and four Lady ’Jackets
added two points each.
The Lady Yellowjackets traveled to Ferris Friday, and will visit
the Crandall Lady Pirates Tuesday.
They will host the Mabank Lady Panthers Jan. 13.
The Kemp boys are set to visit Quinlan-Ford Monday, and will
return to action Jan. 13, when they will also host Mabank.
Lady ’Jackets seek consistency
By Sam Epps
KEMP–The Kemp Lady Yellowjackets have the potential to earn a
playoff bid in District 13-3A, despite a lack of experience.
“We have less experience than last year,” fourth-year head coach
Kent Smith said. “We graduated two girls with a lot of varsity
experience last year, and only have two girls with playoff
experience this year. But, we have a ton of potential.”
Indeed, this year’s Lady ’Jacket basketball basketball is a
young team with just four seniors – Kayla Collum, Brianna
Powell, Taylor Day and Kandace Rose.
Angela Madrid, Lacie Henderson and Nicole Cox are the Kemp
girls’ three juniors.
Sophomores Jacque Cooper, Bree Weisinger and Shelby Rodrigues
round out the Lady Yellowjacket team.
Kemp held a 9-11 record prior to Friday’s District 13-3A opener
at Ferris. Although that record could easily have been different
were it not for minor errors and lapses in concentration. “We
were in several games that we ended up losing, but should have
won,” Smith said.
Those losses stem from the lack of experience, and the loss of
last year’s All-State player Michelle Ritterbach and Shannon
Shipp, Smith explained. Kemp does has some prime-time players,
however, with Brianna Powell and Kandace Rose.
In fact, Smith explaines that Powell is “ahead of where
Ritterbach was at this time last year.”
Powell provides accurate shooting all around, and is commonly
double and triple-blocked.
Rose provides playoff experience and an aggressive style. With a
little more consistency, she will be a threat to anybody.
The supporting cast on the team has some improvements to make,
“Overall, this team has good quickness,” Smith said. “They tend
to make bad decisions due to lack of experience,” he added.
On the other hand, Smith noted, the lack of experience can be a
positive for his team. “They are willing to take chances,” he
Team chemistry is showing improvements as the girls work
together and rely on each other, Smith reported.
In addition to Powell and Rose, keep an eye on Bree Weisinger,
who provides good shooting abilities, is quick and is a well of
Taylor Day has “shown flashes of greatness” over the past two
years, and will only improve as time goes on.
Nicole Cox was a pleasant surprise, as Smith originally felt she
would be better at the junior varsity level. That changed,
however, as Smith noticed she “does a great job getting into
position underneath, plays strong defense and is very athletic.”
Once all the girls get in the same gear, nothing can stop them.
“The key to us winning is trying to get consistent output,”
Smith knows this district is strong, with teams like North
Forney, Mabank and Crandall.
Kemp will have their work cut out for them, especially
considering there are four schools with more than 900 students
registered. Kemp is by far the smallest school in the district.