Sports and Outdoors


Panthers claw Bulldogs
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The Mabank Panthers kept their slim playoff hopes alive Friday when they used a big second quarter to get past the visiting Eustace Bulldogs 66-57.
Now 4-3 in District 13-3A basketball competition, the Panthers were scheduled to visit Ferris Tuesday, while the 0-7 Bulldogs were scheduled to host Crandall.
Friday, Feb. 9, the Panthers will host the Crandall Pirates in a critical district match, as a playoff berth likely will be riding on the outcome. That same evening, Eustace’s boys will visit Kaufman.
Tuesday, Feb. 13, Mabank’s boys will wrap up the second round of district competition and the regular season when they visit league-leading Kemp, while the Bulldogs will end their season at home against Ferris.
Each evening opens with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity games.
At Mabank Friday, the hosting Panthers knew they would have a fight on their hands against the winless Bulldogs, who battled them down to the wire in their first-round matchup at Eustace.
The Panthers opened a slim 13-11 lead over the Bulldogs behind 6-of-10 shooting from the free throw line and a 3-point basket from Mark Groom, while Eustace countered with treys from both Jordan Nixon and Ryan Schwanbeck.
As it turned out, the second quarter proved to be the key for the Panthers, as they outscored the Bulldogs 20-13 to take a nine-point halftime advantage, 33-24.
Kolton Browning (three baskets), Barry Prather (four points) and Haydon Blair (6-of-6 from the charity stripe) keyed the Panther effort, while Schwanbeck scored seven points, including a second trey, for the Bulldogs.
That nine-point edge stood up in the second half, as the two teams matched points in both quarters.
Bulldog junior David Graves, after being shut out in the first half, caught fire in the second, scoring all of his 15 points, including two fourth-quarter treys.
Nixon added another trey in the fourth quarter and Jacob Horton also had a trey, but the Panthers countered with more balanced scoring from seven different players.
Neither team did particularly well at the free throw line, as the Panthers wound up hitting 18-of-27 attempts (despite Blair’s 7-of-8 showing), while the Bulldogs hit 8-of-14.
Blair wound up with game-high honors, scoring 17 points, while Browning finished with 13, Jarred Batson had 11 (including 5-of-6 from the line) and Barry Prather scored 10 points.
The Panthers also got seven from Mack Wintin, six (two treys) from Groom and four points in the fourth quarter from Wayland Pharms.
Both Graves and Schwanbeck finished with 15 points each for the Bulldogs, while Horton finished with nine points.
Both Nixon and Blake Townley scored seven points, while both Thomas Clowdus and Zac Keeling finished with two points each.
Mabank also swept the sub-varsity games, winning the junior varsity contest 51-29, while the Panther freshmen rolled over their Eustace counterparts 90-14.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Panther Mack Wintin (white uniform) crashes into Eustace
Bulldog Jacob Horton (23) under the basket during the early moments \
of Mabank’s 66-57 win over Eustace Friday.

Lady Panthers clinch playoffs
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–A big start and a big finish pushed the Mabank Lady Panthers past the visiting Eustace Lady Bulldogs 53-25 Friday.
The win secured the District 13-3A third-place playoff berth for the Lady Panthers, who improved to 5-4 in loop play and 13-14 on the season, while the Lady Bulldogs fell to 1-7 in district play.
Both teams were scheduled to wind up the second round of district play and the regular season Tuesday, as Mabank visited Ferris, while Eustace hosted district runner-up Crandall.
The Lady Panthers will face a District 14-3A team in the first round of the playoffs, possibly Canton (6-3 going into Tuesday’s season finale at Bullard) or Brownsboro (5-4 going into Tuesday’s game against unbeaten Athens), at a date and time to be determined.
Playing at home on “senior night,” the Lady Panthers opened a 21-4 lead over the Lady Bulldogs, matched baskets for the second and third quarters, and put together an 18-7 run in the fourth quarter to forge the final 26-point margin.
Kelsi Reynolds led the Lady Panthers with 13 points, while Jeanice Mojica, a late move-up from the junior varsity, finished with 12 points, most of them coming in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Panthers also got nine points from Blaire Hyde, six points from Miranda Groom, four from Emily Tucker, three from Shadia Rueb, and two points each from Katie Cross, Ashley Corter and Sam Goss.
Senior Alyson Harlan scored 14 of the Lady Bulldogs’ 25 points, while Traci Garrett added seven points, and both Alyssa Cox and Rebekah Walter scored two points each.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank’s Katie Cross (13) and Ashley Corter (40) battle Eustace’s Brisha
Ward (left) and Traci Garrett (1) for possession of a loose ball during Mabank’s
 win over visiting Eustace Friday.

Lady Panthers beat Kaufman in shoot-out, 2-1

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Lady Panther teammates mob Erin Mason after she blocked
three Kaufman shots to win the shoot-out. The teams ended regulation play tied at
0-0, forcing the shoot-out, which Mabank won, 2-1.


Upcoming Games

Boys' Basketball

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

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

*District 13-3A game


Feb. 9
KHS @ Quinlan (scr)

Feb. 10
KHS - marathon game

Feb. 12
MHS vs Fairfield (scr)
EHS vs Athens (scr)

Feb. 13
KHS @ Malakoff (scr)
EHS vs Athens (scr)


Feb. 8
MHS @ Red Oak (scr)

Feb. 9
KHS @ Frankston

Feb. 10
MHS @ Palestine


Feb. 9
MHS girls @ Red Oak*
MHS boys vs Red Oak*
*District 11-4A game