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Mabank remains unbeaten in district
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank’s Panthers remained unbeaten in District 13-3A basketball play with a 67-50 win over visiting Ferris Friday.
Now 11-7 overall and 3-0 in district play, the Panthers were scheduled to visit Crandall Tuesday.
Friday, Jan. 26, the Panthers will host the Kemp Yellowjackets in a key first-round contest. Next Tuesday, Jan. 30, Mabank’s boys will open the second round of loop play on the road at Kaufman.
Both evenings open with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity games.
Ice-cold shooting kept the quicker Panthers from pulling away early against the visiting Yellowjackets, who led by two, 15-13, at the end of the first quarter.
The Panthers began finding the range in the second quarter, however, getting a pair of 3-point baskets from Jarred Batson and seven points (including a trey) from Kolton Browning during a 21-11 run.
Up by eight points at halftime, the Panthers held off a determined Ferris comeback attempt in the third quarter behind Haydon Blair, who scored 12 of his game-high 21 points (including a trey) in the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Panthers got eight more points from Blair, as the Panthers hit some key free throws (including 4-of-6 from Wayland Pharms) to outscore Ferris 17-6 down the stretch.
In fact, the Yellowjackets got only two treys from Tevin Richard (who finished with a team-high 16 points) in the fourth quarter, as the rest of the Ferris team was shut out.
Along with Blair’s 21 points, the Panthers got 13 from Browning, 12 points from Barry Prather (who had nine points in the first half), nine each from both Pharms and Batson, two points from Mack Wintin and a free throw from David Parry.
Mabank won the junior varsity game 61-25, as the Panther JV ran up a 22-1 lead in the first quarter and followed that with a 16-5 third-quarter run.
Balanced scoring marked the Panther attack, as 11 of the 13 players scored, led by 11 points from James Burkhalter.
Griffin Marshall and Trey Phillips scored eight points each, Jacob Woodard had seven points, and both Matt Lowe and Tyler Fisher scored six points each.
The Panthers also got scoring from Si Frideley, Cory Janicke, Nolan Duncan, Kevin Teague and Jordan Featherston.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Panther senior Barry Prather (42) heads
upcourt against the Ferris Yellowjackets during
Mabank’s 67-50 win Friday.


Kaufman girls crush Kemp
Monitor Staff Reports
KAUFMAN–The 11th-ranked Kaufman Lady Lions held the visiting Kemp Lady Yellowjackets to four points in the first half en route to a 59-25 victory Friday.
Now 1-4 in District 13-3A basketball play, the Kemp girls were scheduled to open the second round of loop play Tuesday against visiting Ferris.
Friday, Jan. 26, the Lady ’Jackets travel to Mabank to face the Lady Panthers, and next Tuesday, Jan. 30, the Kemp girls will host the Eustace Lady Bulldogs.
Each evening opens with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity games.
Against Kaufman Friday, Alex Valentine scored Kemp’s only basket in the first quarter, and Amanda Lawrence scored the only basket in the second quarter, as Kaufman ran up a 29-4 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, junior guard Sarah Smith scored seven of the Lady ’Jackets 10 points, including a 3-point basket.
Senior guard Ashley Zellmer hit two treys in the fourth quarter for her six points.
Smith finished with nine points, while both Lawrence and Valentine finished with three points each, and Ashley Darby and Brittany Simmons scored two points each.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp Lady ’Jacket senior Ashley Zellmer (12)
drives inside against visiting Crandall Jan. 16.


Kaufman upsets Kemp
Monitor Staff Reports
KAUFMAN–A horrible shooting night led to a 44-31 upset loss for the Kemp Yellowjackets against the hosting Kaufman Lions Friday.
Now 11-12 on the season and 2-1 in District 13-3A basketball play, the Yellowjackets were scheduled to host Ferris Tuesday.
Friday, Jan. 26, the ’Jackets will travel to face the Mabank Panthers in a key district contest. Next Tuesday, Jan. 30, Kemp will open the second round of district play at home, hosting the Eustace Bulldogs.
Each evening opens with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity games.
Against the Lions, the ’Jackets shot a combined 22 percent for the game, and were held to single-digit scoring during the first three quarters.
Kaufman opened a 13-7 lead in the first quarter and padded that lead out to seven points by halftime, 20-13.
The Lions outscored Kemp 11-5 in the third quarter to take a 31-18 lead into the fourth quarter, and the ’Jackets were unable to cut into the margin.
Jacarri Culberson led the ’Jackets with eight points and six rebounds, while Joseph Simmons added seven points.
Kevin Freeman had six points, while Justin Gibson had five points and grabbed six rebounds.
Josh Carr scored three points, Patrick Dowd had two points, while Matt Brown grabbed 10 rebounds.
 

Upcoming Games
 

Boys' Basketball

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. 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