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’Jackets make Pirates walk the plank
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Kemp’s boys used strong defensive pressure and rebounding to ease past the visiting Crandall Pirates Tuesday, 48-36.
Now 11-11 on the season and 2-0 in District 13-3A basketball play, the Yellowjackets were scheduled to visit Kaufman in a key district matchup Friday.
Tuesday, Jan. 23, the Kemp boys will host Ferris in a battle of Yellowjackets, and Friday, Jan. 26, Kemp will visit now-unbeaten Mabank in another critical district game.
Each evening’s slate opens with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity contests.
Against the visiting Pirates, Kemp’s defensive pressure and rebounding limited Crandall to one shot, or led to Pirate miscues, which provided fast-break opportunities.
When the Pirates managed to get back on defense, the ’Jackets took their time setting up a half-court attack, often getting open layups off pin-point passing.
Kemp forged a 10-point halftime lead, 22-12, and stretched that margin to 18 points in the third quarter before the Pirates hit some 3-point baskets late in the quarter to cut the margin back to 10.
In the fourth quarter, the ’Jackets again pushed their lead back to 18 points before giving up some late treys to the Pirates.
Jacarri Culberson led the ’Jackets with 13 points, 11 rebounds and one block, while Justin Gibson added nine points (on three treys) and grabbed four rebounds.
Joseph Simmons scored seven points, grabbed five steals and dished out five assists, while Kevin Freeman scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds.
The ’Jackets also got four points and four rebounds from Josh Carr, two points and seven rebounds from Matt Brown and three points from James Trim.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp Yellowjacket senior Kevin Freeman (15) starts to drive inside during a 12-point District 13-3A victory over the visiting Crandall Pirates Tuesday.

 

Panthers pull away from Bulldogs, 65-53
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–After a surprisingly close first half, the Mabank Panthers put a big run together in the third quarter to pull away from the hosting Eustace Bulldogs Tuesday, 65-53.
The win gave the Panthers a 10-7 season mark and a 2-0 record in District 13-3A play, while the Bulldogs fell to 0-2 in district competition.
Both teams continue district play this week; Mabank was scheduled to host Ferris Friday, while Eustace was scheduled to visit Crandall.
Tuesday, Jan. 23, the Bulldogs will host Kaufman, while the Panthers will visit Crandall. Friday, Jan. 26, Mabank will host Kemp, while Eustace travels to Ferris.
Each evening’s slate opens with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity contests.
At Eustace Tuesday, both teams posted first-half runs.
In the first quarter, the Panthers pulled away late, outscoring the Bulldogs 18-11, but the Panthers went ice-cold in the second quarter and the Bulldogs took advantage with an 18-13 run, making it a two-point ballgame at halftime, 31-29.
Bulldog junior David Graves helped spark the Eustace run, hitting a trio of 3-point baskets as he scored 15 of his game-high 33 points in the quarter.
Graves wound up hitting six treys in the game, but was shut out in the third quarter, when the Panthers took control with a 23-7 run.
Kolton Browning and Jarred Batson keyed the Panther run, combining for 17 points (each hitting a 3-point basket) during the quarter.
The burst put the Panthers up by 18 points, 54-36, going into the fourth quarter.
During the final stanza, Graves hit another two treys, scoring 13 of the Bulldogs’ 17 points, but the Panthers’ lead was too much to overcome.
Browning finished with 24 points (including three treys) to lead the Panthers, and Batson, who also had three treys, finished with 17 points.
The Panthers also got eight points from Haydon Blair, six points from Barry Prather, one trey from Wayland Pharms, two points from Mark McDonald and a free throw from Steven James.
In addition to Graves’ 33 points, the Bulldogs got seven from Blake Townley, five from Jordan Nixon, four from Jacob Horton, and two points each from Thomas Clowdus and Ryan Schwanbeck.
Mabank also swept the sub-varsity contests, winning the junior varsity matchup 49-29 and the freshman game 50-43.
In the junior varsity contest, the visiting Panthers steadily built double-digit leads in each quarter, and were up by 23 points, 45-22, going into the fourth quarter.
In contrast, the freshman game was a very tight contest, as the Panthers opened a narrow 15-13 lead in the first quarter and expanded their margin to six points by halftime, 27-21.
Eustace cut the margin to five points in the third quarter, but the Panthers outscored Eustace 11-9 in the fourth quarter to forge the final seven-point margin.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace senior Jordan Nixon (right) ducks down as he gets Mabank junior Haydon Blair (10) off his feet with a ball fake during Mabank’s 65-53 win over Eustace Tuesday. Blair was whistled for a foul on the play.

 


 

Upcoming Games
 

Boys' Basketball

Jan. 23
MHS @ Crandall*
KHS vs Ferris*
EHS vs Kaufman*

Jan. 26
MHS vs KHS*
EHS @ Ferris*

Jan. 30
MHS @ Kaufman*
KHS vs EHS*

Feb. 2
MHS vs EHS*
KHS @ Crandall*

Feb. 6
MHS @ Ferris*
KHS vs Kaufman*
EHS vs Crandall*

Feb. 9
MHS vs Crandall*
KHS @ Ferris*
EHS @ Kaufman*

Feb. 13
MHS @ KHS*
EHS vs Ferris*
(end regular season)

*District 13-3A game

 

Girls' Basketball

Jan. 23
MHS @ Crandall*
KHS vs Ferris*
EHS vs Kaufman*

Jan. 26
MHS vs KHS*
EHS @ Ferris*

Jan. 30
MHS @ Kaufman*
KHS vs EHS*

Feb. 2
MHS vs EHS*
KHS @ Crandall*

Feb. 6
MHS @ Ferris*
KHS vs Kaufman*
EHS vs Crandall*
(end regular season)

*District 13-3A game