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  Kemp girls stop Eustace
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Kemp’s Lady Yellowjackets used a punishing pressure defense to run up a big lead, then coasted to a 55-31 victory over the visiting Eustace Lady Bulldogs Friday.
The win improved the Lady ’Jackets to 2-1 in District 13-3A basketball play, while the Lady Bulldogs fell to 0-3.
Tuesday, the Lady Bulldogs were scheduled to visit Mabank, while the Lady ’Jackets were scheduled to visit Crandall in what looked to be a key first-round matchup.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Lady Bulldog sophomore Jenny McConathy (with ball) is fouled by Kemp Lady Yellowjacket senior Sarah Smith (22) as she tries to shoot over Kemp sophomore Shelbie Wright (left) during the first half of Kemp’s 55-32 District 13-3A basketball win over the visiting Lady Bulldogs Friday.

Friday, Jan. 18, Kemp’s girls will wind up the first round of loop play at home against Kaufman, while the Eustace girls host Crandall.
Next Tuesday, Jan. 22, the Lady Bulldogs will open the second round of loop play on the road at Kaufman, while the Lady ’Jackets travel to Ferris.
Each evening opens with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity contests.
At Kemp Friday night, the hosting Lady ’Jackets set up a half-court trap press that gave the Lady Bulldogs a lot of trouble, leading to numerous turnovers and offensive opportunities.
“Defense was our emphasis going into tonight’s game,” Kemp coach Vince Morgan said afterward. “We worked really hard, knowing that we needed to put forth a better effort than we gave Tuesday (against Mabank).”
Balanced scoring marked the Lady ’Jackets’ 18-5 run in the first quarter, as eight of the 10 Kemp girls had at least two points.
Cassie Freeman hit a 3-point basket and a second bucket to provide all of the Eustace points in the quarter.
Kemp maintained the press for about half of the second quarter, outscoring Eustace 13-7 to take a commanding 32-12 halftime advantage.
In the third quarter, both teams were content to use half-court sets, and the Lady Bulldogs began to score more consistently from outside, as Jessica McConathy (two treys) and Freeman each hit 3-point baskets.
The Lady ’Jackets countered with five points (including a trey) from Chelsea Mulvaney and five points from senior guard Sarah Smith, who led all scorers with 13 points.
In the final stanza, the Kemp girls got a pair of baskets each from Smith and Breanna Griffin (her only points) to offset baskets from Freeman, Jessica McConathy and Brisha Ward.
In addition to Smith’s 13 points, two assists and eight rebounds, the Lady ’Jackets got nine points from 6-2 sophomore Shelbie Wright, seven points and six rebounds from Mulvaney and six points and three assists from Amanda Lawrence.
Michelle Ritterbach added five points and seven steals, Brittany Simmons had four points, six rebounds and four steals, Griffin finished with four points, and Meagan Lacy, Brandy Simmons (two assists) and Shannon Shipp (10 rebounds) all scored two points each.
Freeman led the Lady Bulldogs with 11 points, as Jessica McConathy had eight points.
Nicole McNeel added five points, Jenny McConathy had three points and Ward finished with two points.

Kaufman edges Panthers, 58-57
Monitor Staff Reports
KAUFMAN–In an overtime nail-biter, the hosting Kaufman Lions edged the Mabank Panthers 58-57 Friday.
The narrow contest was the District 13-3A basketball opener for both teams.
Now 0-1 in loop play, the Panthers were scheduled to host Eustace Tuesday.
Friday, Jan. 18, the Panthers will travel to Ferris for a key matchup against the Yellowjackets, and next Tuesday, Jan. 22, Mabank will host the Crandall Pirates in another crucial first-round contest.
Both evenings open with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity games.
After a close first quarter, the Lions forged a six-point halftime lead behind balanced scoring, despite the efforts of Panther junior Kolton Browning, who hit for six of his game-high 25 points in the second quarter.
The Lions were able to maintain a seven-point lead going into the fourth quarter.
During the final stanza, the Panthers put together a furious comeback behind Browning (nine points), Caleb McKee (six points) and Albin Gashi (four points), outscoring the Lions 20-13 to tie the contest at 49 at the end of regulation play.
In the overtime period, the Lions scored nine points to eight points for the Panthers to grab the victory.
Along with Browning’s 25 points, the Panthers got 12 from Gashi, seven from Tyler Fisher, six from McKee, two points from Cameron Tucker and a free throw from Griffin Marshall.

’Jacket comeback nips Eustace
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–After falling behind in the third quarter, the hosting Kemp Yellowjackets posted a furious fourth-quarter rally to nip the Eustace Bulldogs 55-54.
Friday’s narrow contest was the District 13-3A basketball opener for both squads.
Now 1-0 in loop competition, the Yellowjackets were scheduled to visit Crandall Tuesday, while the 0-1 Bulldogs were scheduled to visit Mabank.
Friday, Jan. 18, the Bulldogs are scheduled to host Crandall, while the Yellowjackets are scheduled to host Kaufman. Next Tuesday, Jan. 22, Kemp will visit Ferris, while Eustace will visit Kaufman.
Each evening opens with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity contests.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Bulldog senior David Graves (right) pressures Kemp Yellowjacket sophomore Wesley Kerr on an inbounds play in front of Kemp coach Terrance McCloud during Kemp’s narrow 55-54 win over the visiting Bulldogs Friday.

In pre-district contests, the Bulldogs had enjoyed more success than the Yellowjackets, but it was clear from the opening tip that both teams were very evenly matched, and the first quarter ended in a 15-15 tie.
During the second quarter, the Bulldogs opened a five-point halftime lead, 33-28.
Eustace outscored Kemp 12-8 in the third quarter to forge a nine-point edge, 45-36, going into the fourth quarter.
In the final stanza, however, the Yellowjackets outscored the Bulldogs 19-9 to take the win.
Kemp’s Chase Traughber led all scorers with 19 points, as Jeremy Quick added 10 points and both O’Neal Fitzhugh and Chas Gipson scored eight points each.
The ’Jackets also got four points from Ethan Dunagan and three points each from Ryan Emfinger and Terrance Sistrunk.
Zach Keeling led a very balanced Bulldog attack with 14 points, as David Graves had 13 points.
The Bulldogs also got seven points from Colton Thomsen, six from Jacob Horton, five from David Key, four from Russell Templeton, two each from David Allen and Byron Whitlock and a free throw from Johnny Lee.


Upcoming games

Girls basketball

Jan. 18
MHS @ Ferris*
KHS vs Kaufman
EHS vs Crandall*

Jan. 22
MHS vs Crandall*
KHS @ Ferris*
EHS @ Kaufman*

Jan. 25
EHS vs Ferris*
*District 13-3A contest
Boys basketball

Jan 18
MHS @ Ferris*
KHS vs Kaufman*
EHS vs Crandall*

Jan. 22
MHS vs Crandall*
KHS @ Ferris*
EHS @ Kaufman*

Jan. 25
EHS vs Ferris*
*District 13-3A contest



Jan. 22
MHS g/b vs Ennis (g here)*
EHS g/b vs Athens*

Jan. 25
MHS vs Waxahachie* (TBA)
EHS g/b @ Whitehouse*

Jan. 28
EHS g/b vs Lindale*

Jan. 29
MHS g/b vs Terrell* (g here)
*District contest

Jan. 26
MHS hosts Panther Invit.

Feb. 23
District 13-3A meet (Crandall)