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Crandall edges Mabank girls
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–In a back-and-forth game, the visiting Crandall Lady Pirates handed the Mabank Lady Panthers a 52-46 defeat in the District 13-3A basketball opener Friday.
Now 8-11 overall and 0-1 in district play, the Lady Panthers were scheduled to visit the Kemp Lady Yellowjackets Tuesday.
Friday, Jan. 12, the Mabank girls will host the Kaufman Lady Lions, and next Tuesday, Jan. 16, the Lady Panthers travel to Eustace to face the Lady Bulldogs. Both evenings open with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity contests.
Both the Lady Panthers and Lady Pirates matched points early in Friday’s district opener, but the Crandall girls took a six-point halftime lead by outscoring Mabank 15-9 in the second quarter.
In the third quarter, the Lady Panthers came back, outscoring the Lady Pirates 13-9 to cut the Crandall lead to two points, 37-35, going into the fourth quarter.
In the final stanza, the Crandall girls outscored Mabank 15-11 to secure the six-point victory.
Blaire Hyde led the Lady Panthers with 12 points, while both Shadia Rueb and Miranda Groom scored 11 points.
Emily Tucker added six points, while Chelsea Dillon had four and Kelsi Reynolds two points.
Freshman Emily Atkins scored 15 points to lead the Lady Pirates, who also got 11 points each from Abby Altman and Emily Hargrove.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Four Mabank defenders, (from left) Miranda Groom,
Kelsi Reynolds, Emily Tucker and Shadia Rueb, surround
Crandall Lady Pirate freshman Emily Atkins (with ball)
during the first half of Crandall’s 52-46 victory in the
District 13-3A opener for both teams Friday.

Eustace AD reassigned
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

EUSTACE–Eustace Independent School District athletic director and head football coach Brad Scoggin has been reassigned.
Eustace High School Principal Stan Sowers has been named the interim athletic director at the high school, while Eustace Middle School Principal Karyn Mullin has been named the interim AD at that campus, EISD Superintendent Coy Holcombe confirmed Monday.
In three years at Eustace High School, Scoggin’s football teams had not found a winning formula, going 7-23 over that span, including a 1-9 mark this past fall.
Last year, an astounding run of injuries decimated the Bulldogs, who finished 2-8.
This year’s club lost eight straight games, and a number of players quit the team before the end of the season.
School board members have been hearing from parents over the last three months about perceived difficulties with the junior high athletic program.
Holcombe declined to elaborate on Scoggin’s situation, noting “I think the best way is to say that he has been reassigned.”
Scoggin’s new assignment has not been set, but the district has posted the athletic director’s job as being open, he added.
“We are not exactly sure what his capacity will be with the district,” Holcombe said.
Contacted Tuesday, Scoggin said he would have no comment on his situation.
“I just want what’s best for the kids,” he said.
Holcombe also confirmed EHS soccer coach Chris Rotan has resigned and left the district for personal reasons.
Rotan’s departure is “totally separate” from Scoggin’s reassignment, Holcombe said.
Cross country coach Denver Stone has stepped in to coach the boys and girls soccer teams, which have already begun playing a junior varsity schedule.
Last fall, school board members agreed to establish soccer programs at both the high school and junior high.

Wildcat run downs ’Jackets
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–A six-point spurt in 17 seconds enabled the visiting Palestine Wildcats to secure a 55-46 victory over the hosting Kemp Yellowjackets Friday.
Now 8-11 on the season, the ’Jackets were scheduled to wind up their non-district basketball schedule on the road against the Canton Eagles Tuesday.
Kemp will open District 13-3A play on the road at Eustace Friday, Jan. 12, with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity contests opening the evening’s slate.
Next Tuesday, Jan. 16, the ’Jackets will host Crandall, and Friday, Jan. 19, Kemp will travel to Kaufman, again opening with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity games.
Friday, the ’Jackets matched points against a tall and athletic Palestine squad in the first half, which ended with the teams knotted at 24-all.
In the third quarter, the Wildcats took advantage of some cold shooting and turnovers to open a five-point lead over the ’Jackets, but Kemp came back in the fourth quarter to pull within two at 47-45.
With 1:21 to play, the Wildcats missed a free throw, but scored on the rebound, along with a foul.
They missed that free throw, but again got the rebound and scored to make the score 51-45.
On the ensuing inbounds play, the Wildcats made a steal in the backcourt to make it 53-45 with 1:04 left to play – a six-point spurt in 17 seconds.
Jacarri Culberson led the ’Jackets with 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks, while Chas Gipson added 10 points and nine rebounds.
Justin Gibson scored nine points, while Joseph Simmons contributed six points and four steals, and Kevin Freeman added six points and four rebounds.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp Yellowjacket senior Kevin Freeman (15) drives
inside against the visiting Palestine Wildcats Friday.
Freeman finished with six points and four rebounds.


Upcoming Games
 

Boys' Basketball

Jan. 12
MHS vs Kaufman*
EHS vs KHS*

Jan. 16
MHS @ EHS*
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 KHS*
EHS @ Ferris*

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

 

Girls' Basketball

Jan. 12
MHS vs Kaufman*
EHS vs KHS*

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