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Lady Panthers ease past scrappy Lady Yellowjackets
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–The visiting Mabank Lady Panthers evened their district record at 1-1 Tuesday by easing past the hosting Kemp Lady Yellowjackets 58-28.
The win improved the Mabank girls to 9-11 on the season and 1-1 in District 13-3A basketball play, and dropped the Lady ’Jackets to 0-2 in district.
Friday night, Mabank was scheduled to host the Kaufman Lady Lions, while the Kemp girls were scheduled to visit the Eustace Lady Bulldogs.
The Lady Panthers are scheduled to visit Eustace Tuesday, Jan. 16, and then host Ferris Friday, Jan. 19, while the Kemp girls are scheduled to host Crandall Tuesday and visit Kaufman Friday.
Each evening opens with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity contests.
Mabank showed a significant edge in quickness against the scrappy Lady ’Jackets, opening a 13-6 lead in the first quarter, and expanding that margin to 12 points at halftime, 26-14.
A 22-9 third-quarter run by the Lady Panthers – keyed by senior guard Emily Tucker, who scored seven of her game-high 14 points in the period – blew open the game.
Mabank outscored Kemp 10-5 in the fourth quarter to forge the final 30-point margin.
In addition to Tucker’s 14 points (which included a first-quarter 3-point basket), the Lady Panthers got eight points each from Kelsi Reynolds (including a trey) and Miranda Groom, and seven points each from Shadia Rueb and Blaire Hyde.
Sam Goss added six points, Ashley Corter scored four points and both Chelsea Dillon and Katie Cross added two points each.
Junior guard Sarah Smith led the Lady ’Jackets with 11 points, including a trey, while both Kate Donovan and Ashley Darby scored four points each.
Ashley Zellmer (one trey) and Amanda Lawrence scored three points each, while Meagan Lacy had two points and Alex Valentine chipped in a free throw.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp Lady ’Jacket sophomore Ashley Darby (32) and Mabank Lady Panther junior Miranda Groom (21) battle for a rebound during Mabank’s 58-28 victory over the hosting Lady ’Jackets Tuesday.
 

Panthers nip Brownsboro, 51-48
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The hosting Mabank Panthers used a slight edge at the free-throw line to slip past the Brownsboro Bears 51-48 Tuesday.
The narrow victory wrapped up non-district play for the Panthers, who were scheduled to open District 13-3A basketball competition at home Friday against the Kaufman Lions, one of the pre-season favorites in the district.
Tuesday, Jan. 16, the Panthers will go on the road to face the Eustace Bulldogs, and will return home Friday, Jan. 19, to host the Ferris Yellowjackets.
Both evenings open with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity contests.
In a very tight, bruising defensive battle, neither the Panthers and the District 14-3A Bears could forge much of a lead.
The Panthers led by two at the end of the first quarter on a last-second tip-in by Kolton Browning (who finished with four points), but the Bears were able to tie the contest at 21 by halftime, behind Ryan Epperson, who scored five of his team-high 13 points in the period.
Both teams remained tied at 35 going into the fourth quarter, and in the final stanza, the Panthers pulled ahead behind Jarred Batson, who scored 10 of his game-high 22 points (including a 3-point basket) in the quarter.
Batson went 9-for-9 at the free-throw line, where the Panthers wound up hitting 15-of-25 attempts. Brownsboro hit 7-of-16 from the charity stripe.
The Panthers also got 12 points from Haydon Blair, five points from Wayland Pharms, four each from both Browning and Barry Prather, a single 3-point basket from David Parry, and Mack Wintin chipped in a free throw.
In addition to Epperson’s 13 points, the Bears got nine from Colin Thompson and six each from Jordan Magee and Keaton Parsell.

Eustace nips Ferris, 35-31
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–The hosting Eustace Lady Bulldogs evened their District 13-3A record at 1-1 Tuesday with a come-from-behind 35-31 victory over the visiting Ferris Lady Yellowjackets.
The Lady Bulldogs were scheduled to host the Kemp Lady Yellowjackets Friday.
Tuesday, Jan. 16, Eustace will host the Mabank Lady Panthers, and Friday, Jan. 19, the Lady Bulldogs will travel to Crandall.
Both evenings open with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity contests.
The Lady Bulldogs fell behind early, 8-0, before Jessica McConathy broke the ice over the Eustace basket with a pair of free throws.
After the first quarter, though, senior Alyson Harlan took over, scoring six of her game-high 16 points in the second quarter to help pull the Lady Bulldogs within three points at halftime, 17-14.
Eustace took the lead in the third quarter with a 12-4 run, keyed by Harlan and a pair of 3-point baskets by Cassie Freeman (her only points) and McConathy.
Up by five points going into the fourth quarter, the Lady Bulldogs were able to hold off any Ferris comeback, as neither team did well from the free throw line.
McConathy wound up with seven points, while Traci Garrett had four, Freeman and Rebekah Walter (who hit 3-of-4 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter) finished with three points each, and Shelby Knight finished with two points.


Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Lady Bulldog Rebekah Walter (left) and Traci Garrett battle Ferris for control of a rebound during the Lady Bulldogs’ come-from-behind win over Ferris Tuesday.

 


Upcoming Games
 

Boys' Basketball

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. 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