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Swatting away a shot
Courtesy Photo/Rusty Rhodes
Eustace goalkeeper Greg Haynes (center) swats away a shot during a recent game. Eustace is playing a junior varsity schedule in their first season of soccer competition. All of their games are being played on the road, as Bulldog Stadium undergoes renovations that include artificial turf and a new track surface.

Kaufman claws Eustace, 46-30
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–The visiting Kaufman Lions ran up a big first-half lead and coasted to a 46-30 victory over the hosting Eustace Bulldogs Tuesday.
Now 0-4 in District 13-3A basketball play, the Bulldogs were scheduled to visit Ferris Friday.
Tuesday, Jan. 30, the Eustace boys will open the second round of district play on the road against Kemp, and Friday, Feb. 2, the Bulldogs will stay on the road as they visit Mabank’s Panthers.
Each evening opens with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity games.
In Eustace Tuesday, the much quicker Lions opened a 19-8 lead in the first quarter behind a trio of 3-point baskets, and padded that margin out to 24 points by halftime, holding the Bulldogs to just three points in the second quarter.
The Bulldogs outscored the Lions 19-11 in the second half, but the Kaufman lead was too big to overcome.
David Graves and Jacob Horton each scored 10 points to lead the Bulldogs, who also got five points from Blake Townley, four points from Zac Keeling and a free throw from Ryan Schwanbeck.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Bulldogs Zac Keeling (20) and Colton Thomsen (4) battle with Kaufman’s Deon Wells for possession of the ball during the second half of Kaufman’s 46-30 win Tuesday.
 

Lady Lions rip Eustace
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–State-ranked Kaufman held the Eustace Lady Bulldogs to nine points in the first half en route to a 62-25 victory Tuesday.
Now 1-4 in District 13-3A basketball play, the Lady Bulldogs were scheduled to visit Ferris Friday.
Tuesday, Jan. 30, the Eustace girls will visit Kemp, and Friday, Feb. 2, the Lady Bulldogs will visit Mabank.
Tuesday, Feb. 6, the Lady Bulldogs will wind up the second round of district play and the regular season when they host Crandall.
Each evening opens with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity contests.
At home against 11th-ranked Kaufman, the Lady Bulldogs got just four baskets in the first half – three by senior Alyson Harlan – and a free throw, as the Lady Lions forged a 21-point halftime lead.
Harlan, who finished with 14 of the Lady Bulldogs’ 25 points, scored five points in the third quarter, but the Lady Lions outscored Eustace 18-6 in the fourth quarter to forge the final 37-point margin.
Eustace also got three points each from Traci Garrett, Cassie Freeman and Jessica McConathy, along with two points from Shelby Knight.
Four Lady Lions scored 12 points each.

 

’Jackets swat Ferris, 53-33
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–A strong defensive performance led to a 53-33 victory over visiting Ferris for the Kemp Yellowjackets Tuesday.
Now 12-12 on the season and 3-1 in District 13-3A basketball play, the Kemp boys were scheduled to wind up the first round of district against hosting Mabank Friday.
Tuesday, Jan. 30, the ’Jackets open the second round of loop play at home against the Eustace Bulldogs, and Friday, Feb. 2, Kemp will visit Crandall.
Each evening opens with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity games.
Against the visiting Ferris Yellowjackets, Kemp worked its half-court offense to good effect – even if the ’Jackets are still struggling to overcome a shooting slump that cost them a district loss against Kaufman Jan. 19.
Defense, however, proved to be the key for the ’Jackets, as they routinely held Ferris to one shot, or forced fumbles with their sagging matchup zone.
Up by six at the end of the first quarter, 14-8, Kemp opened their lead to eight points by halftime, 21-13.
In the third quarter, Kemp opened a 16-point lead, but Ferris hit a half-court shot at the buzzer to cut Kemp’s lead to 13 points going into the fourth quarter.
After Jacarri Culberson’s shattering dunk finished off a fast break with about five minutes left, the visiting Yellowjackets would never recover.
Culberson finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and one blocked shot, while senior guard Joseph Simmons finished with 13 points off four 3-point baskets.
Kevin Freeman added 10 points and four rebounds, while Matt Brown had six points, six rebounds and two blocks.
Josh Carr added four points, while Ethan Dunagan scored three points, James Trim two points and Chase Traughber added a free throw.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp senior Justin Gibson (10) forces a Ferris fumble and scoops up the loose ball during a 53-33 victory over the visiting Yellowjackets Tuesday.

Kemp girls crush Ferris
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Kemp’s Lady Yellowjackets used quickness and defense to fly past the visiting Ferris Lady Yellowjackets 67-36 Tuesday.
The victory avenged a narrow three-point loss at Ferris in the District 13-3A opener, when Kemp was hampered by numerous fouls.
Now 2-4 in loop play, the Kemp girls were scheduled to visit Mabank Friday.
Tuesday, Jan. 30, the Lady ’Jackets will host the Eustace Lady Bulldogs, and Friday, Feb. 2, the Kemp girls will visit Crandall.
Kemp will wind up district play and the regular season at home Tuesday, Feb. 6, against 11th-ranked Kaufman.
Each evening opens with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity contests.
Kemp started strong against Ferris Tuesday behind two 3-point baskets from Ashley Zellmer in the first quarter, and their defensive pressure began to tell in the second quarter, when they outscored the visiting Lady Yellowjackets 16-6.
Up by 17 points at halftime, the Kemp girls padded their lead by four points in the third quarter to take a 21-point lead into the fourth quarter.
In the final frame, the hosting Lady ’Jackets continued to pour it on, outscoring Ferris 19-9 to forge the final 31-point margin.
Zellmer led Kemp with 20 points, while Sarah Smith added 15 points.
Ashley Darby scored 10 points, while Alex Valentine added eight points.
Both Meagan Lacy and Brittany Simmons scored six points, and Kate Donovan chipped in two points.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp Lady Yellowjacket freshman Amanda Lawrence (10) brings the ball upcourt during a 31-point win over Ferris Tuesday.
 


 


 

Upcoming Games
 

Boys' Basketball

Jan. 30
MHS @ Kaufman*
KHS vs EHS*

Feb. 2
MHS vs EHS*
KHS @ Crandall*

*District 13-3A game
 

Girls' Basketball

Jan. 30
MHS @ Kaufman*
KHS vs EHS*

Feb. 2
MHS vs EHS*
KHS @ Crandall*

*District 13-3A game

 

Soccer

Jan. 30
MHS girls @ Terrell*
MHS boys vs Terrell*
EHS boys @ Forney (JV)

Feb. 2
MHS girls vs Kaufman*
MHS boys @ Kaufman*
EHS boys @ Mabank (JV)
*District 11-4A game