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Lady Panthers blast Terrell Lady Tigers, 66-52
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank’s Lady Panthers blew out the visiting Terrell Lady Tigers in the fourth quarter to take a 66-52 win Friday night.
Now 11-12 on the season and 3-6 in District 15-4A basketball play, the Lady Panthers’ win over Terrell (17-11, 5-5) gave them a home-and-home split with the Lady Tigers and kept them mathematically in the race for a playoff spot behind unbeaten West Mesquite (9-0), Forney (5-4), Mesquite Poteet (5-4) and Terrell.
Tuesday, the Lady Panthers were scheduled to visit Red Oak, who defeated them in Mabank during the first round of district play.
Friday, Feb. 6, the Mabank girls will host Poteet’s Lady Pirates for senior night, the last home game of the season, opening with a 6 p.m. sub-varsity matchup.
Next Tuesday, Feb. 10, the Lady Panthers travel to Forney for the final 15-4A contest, again opening at 6 p.m.
Friday, the Lady Panthers opened a 16-15 lead over the Terrell girls in the first quarter, and expanded that lead to seven points, 36-29, at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Lady Tigers were able to cut the Mabank lead to four points going into the fourth quarter.
During the fourth quarter, the Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Tigers 21-12 to forge the final 14-point margin.
Chelsey Dillon had one of her biggest games of the season, leading all scorers with 24 points, with Lauren Hamilton adding 12 points and Jeanice Mojica adding 11 points.
The Lady Panthers also got seven points from Chelsea Alldredge, six from Sara Springer, two points each from Ashley Hammack and Cheyenne Alldredge, and a free throw from Ashton Norman.
Kristia Jackson and Gabby Wren led the Lady Tigers with 11 points each, while Raija McWright and Ciara Holmes added eight points each.

Tigers claw Panthers
Monitor Staff Reports
TERRELL–Mabank’s Panthers fell just short against the hosting Terrell Tigers Friday, dropping a 68-64 decision in the Panthers’ second-round opener.
With the loss, the Panthers fell to 14-7 on the season and 3-4 in District 15-4A basketball play, while Terrell stayed just ahead of the Panthers for the district’s fourth playoff spot.
Unbeaten and ninth-ranked Lancaster (8-0) continues to lead the district, with five teams – West Mesquite (5-3), Red Oak (4-4), Terrell (4-4), Mabank (3-4) and Mesquite Poteet (3-5) – fighting for the other three playoff spots.
Only winless Forney (0-7) appears to be out of the playoff picture with two weeks and five (or fewer) games to go.
Mabank faced a key matchup Tuesday when they hosted Red Oak.
Friday, Feb. 6, the Panthers will travel to Poteet for another key district contest, before returning home to face Forney Tuesday, Feb. 10. Both evenings open with 6 p.m. sub-varsity games.
Friday, Feb. 13, the Panthers will travel to Lancaster before returning home to host West Mesquite Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the district and regular season finale.
In Terrell Friday, both teams came out hot and remained tied at 16 after the first quarter.
Panther senior Kolton Browning scored 13 of the Panthers’ 16 points in the opening period, hitting two 3-point baskets.
A more balanced Tiger scoring attack gave Terrell a one-point halftime lead, 30-29.
In the third quarter, the Tigers outscored Mabank 20-18 to take a three-point lead into the fourth quarter, despite the long-range efforts of Jacob Woodard (two treys) and Browning (one trey).
During the fourth quarter, the Panthers got a strong performance from Trevor Peele, who scored all seven of his points (including two treys) during the period, along with a third trey from Woodard, but the Tigers managed to add a point to their lead.
Terrell could have put the game away at the free throw line, but hit just 9-of-22 attempts, while the Panthers weren’t much better, hitting just 6-of-14 from the charity stripe.
Browning led all scorers with 29 points, with Griffin Marshall adding 11 (including two treys) and Woodard finishing with nine.
Peel had seven points, while Cameron Tucker had four (all in the fourth quarter) and Mickey Pycha three (one trey), with Tyler Fisher adding a free throw.

Cedar Creek Area Little League fees set
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Registration fees have been set for the newly formed Cedar Creek Area Little League (CCALL).
For boys and girls 6 and under, the fee is $45, which will include the uniform (jersey and hat). Registration for youth 7 and older is $65, which will include the uniform (jersey, pants, belt, socks and hat).
Registration continues from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Feb. 21 at the Optimist Fields in Seven Points (under the water tower), at the KASA fields off State Highway 274 in Kemp and at the Gun Barrel City Park fields.
To register, parents/guardians must provide a proof-of-age document, such as a birth certificate or other official document, plus three more documents proving residence of the parents/guardians, such as a driver’s license, electric or other utility bill and a financial record, such as a credit card statement or bank statement. Three utility bills count as only one proof.
CCALL teams will be official Little League International teams, and eligible to play in District, State and Regional tournaments en route to the age division Little League World Series.
For more information, call toll-free (888) 498-8333, or check the websites www.leaguelineup/ccall or e-mail

Wills Point knocks off ’Jackets
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–League-leading Wills Point pulled away from the hosting Kemp Yellowjackets in the second half to notch a 47-36 victory Friday.
The ’Jackets were scheduled to open the second round of District 14-3A basketball play on the road Tuesday against the Eustace Bulldogs.
Friday, Feb. 6, the ’Jackets will be at home for the last time this season to welcome the Mineola Yellowjackets, with a 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity contest opening the evening’s slate.
Next Tuesday, Feb. 10, Kemp will travel to Canton for a key district matchup, and then will visit Van Friday, Feb. 13.
Tuesday, Feb. 17, the ’Jackets will wind up the second round of district and the regular season on the road at Wills Point.
At home Friday, the Kemp boys stayed close to the visiting Tigers, who took a narrow 9-6 lead behind four points from Junior Hamilton and three from Steven Cunigan.
The ’Jackets countered with single baskets from Wesley Kerr, Jeremy Quick and Jeff Goldman.
Kemp cut the Tiger lead to two by halftime behind four points from both Kerr and Ryan Emfinger, along with three from Quick, while Hamilton scored six for the Tigers.
In the third quarter, the Tigers outscored the ’Jackets 12-6 behind two baskets from both Cunigan and Hamilton, while Kemp was held to a single basket by Terrence Sistrunk and free throws from Weeks and Goldman.
Up by eight going into the fourth quarter, the Tigers were able to pad their lead out to the final 11 points despite the efforts of Emfinger, who hit two 3-point baskets in the period to provide eight of Kemp’s 13 points.
Emfinger led the ’Jackets with 12 points, while Kerr finished with nine (including 3-of-4 at the free throw line) and Quick finished with five points.
Joseph Weeks hit 4-of-5 from the charity stripe in the second half for his only points, while both Goldman and Sistrunk finished with three points each.
Hamilton led all scorers with 18 points, including 8-of-9 from the free throw line, while Cunigan finished with 11.
The Tigers also got six points from Marquis Burch, five from Kevin Scott, three from Price Davenport and two points from both Jayce Oldacre and Trent Jurica.


Upcoming games

Girls Basketball

Feb. 6
MHS vs Mesquite Poteet*
KHS vs Mineola*
EHS @ Wills Point*
*district contest

Boys Basketball

Feb. 6
MHS @ Mesquite Poteet*
KHS vs Mineola*
EHS @ Wills Point*
*district contest



Feb. 6
MHS b/g vs/@ Whitehouse*
EHS g/b @ Lindale*

Feb. 10
MHS g/b vs/@ Chapel Hill*
EHS g/b vs Whitehouse*
*district contest


Feb. 9
MHS vs Crandall (scr)

Feb. 10
MHS vs Hillsboro (scr)
KHS vs Arp (scr)

Feb. 13
EHS vs Hawkins

Feb. 14
KHS @ Cayuga (scr)


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