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  MHS girls host soccer scrimmage
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey

Mabank Lady Panther Natalie Torres (left) prepares to head the ball as an Ennis Lady Lion crashes into her from behind during their scrimmage at Panther Stadium Tuesday. Also shown is Mabank's Jennifer Pyle (background).


’Cats bite ’Dogs
Monitor Staff Reports
CROSS ROADS–The hosting Cross Roads Bobcats used first- and third-quarter runs to outdistance the Eustace Bulldogs 58-49 Tuesday night.
Now 7-10 on the season, the Bulldogs were scheduled to host Brownsboro in their final non-district game Friday night.
Following a break, the Bulldogs will open District 14-3A basketball play at home against the Kemp Yellowjackets Friday, Jan. 15, with a 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity contest opening the evening’s slate.
Tuesday, Jan. 19, the Bulldogs will visit wills Point and then will host Van Friday, Jan. 22.
At Cross Roads, the Bobcats opened a 15-8 lead in the first quarter, but the Bulldogs managed to cut that lead to five points, 30-25, by halftime.
In the third quarter, the Bobcats again put together a 15-8 run to take a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter, and the Bulldogs were only able to cut the margin to nine points by the end of regulation.
Guy Hargrove led the Bulldogs with 13 points, as both Trevan Johnson and Braden Strickland scored eight points each.
Jacob McCarter and John Bradburn added six points each, with Addison Scott scoring four and both Marcus Emmons and Tyson Oliver scoring two points each.


Bulldogs to rely on defense in tough 14-3A race
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

EUSTACE–Balanced scoring has marked the Eustace Bulldogs’ play so far this season, and hopes are the Bulldogs will continue to be balanced, just with more scoring, as they enter District 14-3A basketball play.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Members of the Eustace Bulldogs basketball team this year are (from left, front row) Trevan Johnson, Marcus Emmons, Jacob McCarter, Braden Strickland and Addison Scott; (back row) Tyson Oliver, Chris Lima-po, John Bradburn and Guy Hargrove.

The Bulldogs open district play at home Friday, Jan. 15, against the Kemp Yellowjackets, and if history is any guide, the contest will be both very close and crucial for either team to make a playoff run.
Eustace returns three starters and one letterman from last year’s squad, which tied with Kemp at 5-5 in district play, but advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 1997 by sweeping both contests against the Yellowjackets.
Those starters are two seniors, wing Guy Hargrove and guard Trevan Johnson, along with junior Addison Scott, who started at times, but mostly came off the bench as the sixth man last year.
Also back is senior guard Marcus Emmons, who also saw playing time last year, but has put in a lot of quality minutes so far this season.
They’re joined by junior baseball standout Braden Strickland, senior Chris Lima-po, sophomores Jacob McCarter and Tyson Oliver (a late move-up from the junior varsity) and freshman John Bradburn.
At 7-10 going into Friday night’s final non-district game against Brownsboro, the Bulldogs have had success when they keep other teams from scoring, as they don’t score much themselves.
“We’re balanced,” third-year head coach Chad Martinez noted. “We’ve had three or four different guys lead us in scoring. Guy led us with 16 points one time – that’s a season high for him – but most of the time, our leader is going to score 12 to 14 points.
“We’re not going to have somebody score in the 20s,” Martinez added. “Well, maybe we might have somebody (score that) one night. Our real calling card is our defense, because our offense is down.”
The Bulldogs lost the district’s Offensive Player of the Year (Zach Keeling) and first-team post (David Key) to graduation, “and they were our top two scorers,” Martinez said.
Cold shooting has been the bane of the Bulldogs this season. The Bulldogs have suffered through extended scoring droughts, when baskets just won’t fall.
“In the Frankston tournament, we were shooting 29 percent as a team,” Martinez said. “With our defense, we can keep ourselves in the game, even when we’re cold. We lost to Scurry-Rosser by six, and we shot 20 percent.
“Against Oakwood, we went eight minutes with no points, and we were still in that game in the fourth quarter,” he added. “We’re doing a good job defensively to keep hanging around, but our offense needs to catch up.”
Johnson, one of the fastest players in the district, is a defensive specialist, and usually scores fewer than five points a game.
“Whoever their best player is, we put (Johnson) on them,” Martinez said. “He’s guarded 6-4 posts. Whoever their best player is, that’s who he wants to guard.”
For many observers, Scott has posted the biggest year-to-year improvement.
“Addison is probably our best leader, as far as coaching on the court, and making sure everybody knows where they’re supposed to be,” Martinez said. “I can tell him what I want, and he’ll make sure everybody knows what to do.”
McCarter, who also has excellent quickness, makes a good partner with Johnson.
“It’s nice to have those two guys on their guards,” Martinez said. “The anticipation they have at the top (of the court) allows us to get more pressure on the ball.”
The Bulldogs try to push the ball upcourt to take advantage of their speed. “We don’t want to get in a half-court game,” Martinez said.
With all the shooting difficulties noted, Martinez said he has noticed the team’s shooting is getting a little better as the season goes on.
“I’ll take that problem over a defensive problem any day,” he pointed out.
Better shooting may be necessary in the upcoming district slate, as it appears every team is as good, or better, than last year’s very competitive race.
“Wills Point and Van are going to be very tough again, and the rest of us are going to be pretty even,” Martinez said. “We saw Canton and Kemp at Brownsboro (the Great East Texas Shoot-Out), and we played them to a two-point game.
“Canton beat us two-of-three last year, and all of those were close games,” he added. “Every game, the only difference between the teams will be a few plays.”
Mineola appears to be quite a bit better than they were last year, “and we had to go to double overtime to beat them once last year,” he said.
“We graduated seven players, and almost everybody else has everybody back,” he said.
Given that Wills Point and Van likely will duke it out for the top two playoff spots, “the third spot is up for grabs, just like last year,” Martinez said.
“Last year, we struggled before district started (only three wins), and I know, defensively, we’re ahead of last year,” he added. “That’s allowing us to compete and be in games.”

Upcoming games

Girls basketball

Jan. 11
MHS vs Mesquite Poteet*

Jan. 12
KHS vs Wills Point*
EHS @ Canton*

Jan. 15
MHS @ Forney*

Jan. 19
MHS vs Lancaster*
KHS vs Mineola*
EHS @ Wills Point*

Jan. 22
MHS @ West Mesquite*
KHS @ Canton*
EHS vs Van*

Jan. 26
MHS idle
KHS @ Van*
EHS @ Mineola*
(*District contest)
Boys basketball

Jan. 11
KHS @ Quinlan Ford

Jan. 12
MHS @ Mesquite Poteet*

Jan. 15
MHS vs Forney*

Jan. 19
MHS @ Lancaster*
KHS vs Mineola*
EHS @ Wills Point*

Jan. 22
MHS vs West Mesquite*
KHS @ Canton*
EHS vs Van*

Jan. 26
MHS idle
KHS @ Van*
EHS @ Mineola*


Jan. 11
MHS girls @ Ennis
KHS @ Athens

Jan. 14-16
MHS g @ Athens tourn.
KHS @ Kennedale tourn.
EHS b&g @ Kennedale trn.

Jan. 14
MHS b vs Ferris

Jan. 16
MHS b @ Ferris

Jan. 19
KHS @ Venus

Jan. 21-23
MHS g @ Eustace tourn.
EHS hosts tournament


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