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Lady ’Jackets beat Van in 14-3A opener
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–After the visiting Van Lady Vandals closed within a point heading into the fourth quarter, the Kemp Lady Yellowjackets pulled away late to win the district opener for both teams 59-44 Friday night.
Now 16-7 on the season and 1-0 in District 14-3A basketball play, the Lady ’Jackets were scheduled to host Wills Point Tuesday night.
Wills Point lost to visiting Canton, 61-37, in their district opener Friday night.
Friday, Jan. 15, the Lady ’Jackets travel to Eustace for a matchup against the Lady Bulldogs, who fell to visiting Mineola 25-22 Friday night (see related story, page 3B).
Next Tuesday, Jan. 19, Kemp will host Mineola in a battle of Lady Yellowjacket squads. Each evening opens with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity contests.
At home against Van Friday, the quicker Lady ’Jackets took charge of the contest early, opening a 12-7 lead and expanding that to 12 points by halftime, 31-19.
“When we came out in the third quarter, we got a little too conservative on offense, choosing to work the ball around against their attempts to trap/double team,” Kemp head coach Kent Smith noted later.
The result was an 18-7 Van run, enabling the Lady Vandals to close the gap to a single point, 38-37, heading into the fourth quarter.
Kemp came out with a stifling defense in the fourth quarter, forcing several turnovers and finding the range again from behind the arc.
Sophomore newcomer Brianna Powell scored nine of her 14 points (including one of her two 3-point baskets) during Kemp’s 21-7 fourth-quarter run.
“Overall, our perimeter game was good, hitting 9-of-26 threes,” Smith said. “We also had 17 steals, compared to 12 turnovers.”
Brittany Simmons added to her state-leading (all classifications) charge total, taking two charges against the Lady Vandals, giving her 22 in 23 games.
“She is currently No. 4 in the nation, as well, as reported by,” Smith said.
Michelle Ritterbach led the Lady ’Jackets with 19 points (including three treys), six rebounds and six assists, while Simmons finished with 12 points, including two treys, five assists and one block.
Junior Shannon Shipp had an excellent defensive game before fouling out late in the contest, notching five rebounds, two blocks and two steals and two points.
Brandy Simmons finished with six points, three steals and two assists, and Amanda Lawrence hit the team’s other two treys for six points and added two steals.
In their final non-district contest Jan. 5, the Lady ’Jackets fell victim to some odd officiating as they lost to the hosting Quinlan Ford Lady Panthers 44-43.
Smith admitted he was “fuming” over the officiating, as the Lady Panthers shot 31 free throws to 13 for the Lady ’Jackets, despite mounting a pressing defense throughout the contest.
Down by seven with two minutes left, the Lady ’Jackets grabbed back-to-back steals, leading to a layup and Ritterbach on the free throw line.
Ritterbach hit both shots to pull the Lady ’Jackets within three points with about 30 seconds to play.
A quick foul put Quinlan at the free throw line, where the player missed both shots, and Lawrence tied the contest with a 3-point basket.
The Lady Panthers drove downcourt, and a foul put them on the free throw line, where they hit one of two to give them a one-point lead.
Lawrence appeared to be fouled, both in real time and on video, as she got off a shot at the buzzer, but no foul was called, Smith said.
Ritterbach led the Lady ’Jackets with 12 points (including two treys), six rebounds, three steals and two assists, while Shipp had one of her strongest outings, scoring eight points, grabbing 12 rebounds, blocking four shots and grabbing two steals.
Brittany Simmons finished with two charges, five points, four rebounds, three steals and eight assists, while Brandy Simmons had five points, two steals and one assist.
Lawrence finished with seven points (including one trey), one rebound and one steal, while Powell had four points, four rebounds and four steals.

Red Oak Hawks fly past Panthers
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Red Oak’s athleticism and quickness proved to be the difference Friday night, as the visiting Hawks knocked off the Mabank Panthers 70-61.
Now 0-2 in District 15-4A basketball play, the Panthers were scheduled to visit Mesquite Poteet Tuesday night.
Friday, Jan. 15, the Panthers will host the Forney Jackrabbits, and next Tuesday, Jan. 19, Mabank will visit second-ranked Lancaster. Each evening opens with 6 p.m. sub-varsity contests, except Lancaster, scheduled to start at 5 p.m.
At home in front of a handful of onlookers, the Panthers trailed early, 22-18, despite the long-range efforts of Jacob Woodard, who hit a trio of 3-point baskets.
Both teams played fairly even in the second quarter, which ended with the Hawks holding a five-point lead, 41-36.
Tyler Fisher keyed the second-quarter effort, scoring 11 of his team-high 22 points, including a trey and 6-of-6 shooting from the free throw line.
Red Oak took control of the contest in the third quarter, outscoring the Panthers 14-9 to lead by 10 points, 55-45, going into the fourth quarter.
In the final frame, the Panthers got seven points (including a trey) from Griffin Marshall and four from Fisher, along with a fourth trey from Woodard.
The Hawks countered with Earl Graves, who scored six of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, and Dominique Harris, who hit five of his 12 points in the period.
In addition to Fisher’s 22, the Panthers got 14 points from both Marshall and Woodard, along with four points from Jordan Allen, three from James Burkhalter and two each from Unterrious Toliver and T.C. Grimes.
In addition to Graves’ 23 points, the Hawks got 12 from Harris, nine points each from D.J. Brady and Dominique Bonner and eight points from Galen Edwards.

Mineola girls nip EHS girls, 25-22
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–In a tight, low-scoring contest, the Mineola Lady Yellowjackets put together a 9-1 run in the third quarter to nip the hosting Eustace Lady Bulldogs 25-22 in the district opener for both teams Friday night.
Now 0-1 in District 14-3A basketball action, the Lady Bulldogs were scheduled to visit Canton Tuesday night. Canton opened district play Friday with a 61-37 thumping of hosting Wills Point.
Friday, Jan. 15, the Lady Bulldogs host the Kemp Lady Yellowjackets, who knocked off Van 59-44 in their loop opener Friday (see related story, page 1B).
Next Tuesday, Jan. 19, the Lady Bulldogs travel to Wills Point, and Friday, Jan. 22, Eustace will host Van. Each evening opens with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity contests.
At home against Mineola, the Lady Bulldogs opened a 9-4 lead in the first quarter and padded that lead out to seven points at halftime, 15-8.
“In the first half, we executed our offense, and did not allow the (defensive) pressure to affect our play,” Eustace head coach DaLinda Cassell noted later.
The Lady Bulldogs played strong defense throughout the contest, she pointed out.
“In the second half, we did not set up our offense once, and we allowed the pressure to get to us,” she added. “If we would have played the second half like the first half, we would have won the game. We must be more consistent with our offense.”
Ashlie Phillips led the Lady Bulldogs with six points, as Vanessa Lopez added five, both Allie Cass and Harmony Allen scored three points, and both Jenny McConathy and Kacie Richards scored two points.


Upcoming games

Girls basketball

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. 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. 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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