Sports and Outdoors


Kemp outmuscles Kaufman Lions in defensive OT battle
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–In front of a near-capacity crowd, Kemp’s Yellowjackets and Kaufman’s Lions battled for the District 13-3A basketball crown in a bruising defensive contest Tuesday.
That SRO crowd got its money’s worth, as the game went to overtime before the hosting ’Jackets wrestled away a narrow 48-45 victory.
Now 16-12 on the season and 7-1 in district play (2-0 in overtime games), the ’Jackets have locked up a playoff berth for the fourth straight year, and have a very good shot at winning the loop crown outright, with a two-game lead and just two games to play.
Kaufman fell to 5-3 in district play. Crandall is 4-3, after Tuesday’s scheduled game against hosting Eustace was cancelled.
Eustace (0-7) had both the Crandall game and Friday’s scheduled contest against Kaufman cancelled, due to widespread illness (see related story, page 1A).
Mabank fell to 4-4 after losing to 3-5 Ferris (see related story below).
Kemp was scheduled to visit Ferris for a 5 p.m. freshman game and 7 p.m. varsity contest Friday, and will host Mabank’s Panthers Tuesday, Feb. 13, in the regular season finale for both teams, opening with a 4:30 p.m. freshman game.
No one expected flashy offense when the Lions and ’Jackets faced off, and neither team allowed anything remotely resembling an uncontested basket in the first half.
The ’Jackets opened up an 8-4 lead, but the Lions closed to 8-6 at the end of the first quarter.
Kemp’s penchant for careless passes and strong Lion defense on every shot inside led to a 9-0 Lion run over the middle of the second quarter, but the ’Jackets were able to close within two by halftime, 16-14.
The Lions expanded their lead to five points by outscoring the ’Jackets 14-11 in the third quarter.
Two minutes into the fourth period, Kemp senior Jacarri Culberson (who had been very sluggish and in foul trouble) made two key defensive plays – a steal for a layup and a block that led to a second layup – energizing the ’Jackets.
Kemp grabbed a five-point lead with less than a minute to play in regulation, but Kaufman hit a 3-point basket and a pair of free throws with four seconds left to send the game into overtime, tied at 40.
In the overtime period, it was time for the smallest player on the floor, Kemp senior Joseph Simmons, to make the biggest plays, as he hit a key jumper and made his free throws to give the ’Jackets a 48-43 lead.
Kaufman made a meaningless basket at the buzzer to close the final gap to three points.
“Defense was definitely the key to win,” Kemp coach Tracy Carter said later. “It was definitely a team effort.”
Culberson wound up with 17 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks and four assists, while Simmons finished with 16 points (including two treys) and five steals.
Kevin Freeman added six points and six rebounds, while Matt Brown had four points, six rebounds and two blocks.
Justin Gibson finished with four points, four rebounds and four assists, and James Trim chipped in a free throw.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp sophomore Josh Carr (32) gets cut off by Kaufman seniors James Valladares (right) and Josh Altman (2) on a drive inside during Kemp’s overtime win Tuesday.


MHS linemen ink letters on National Signing Day
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
With their parents looking on, Mabank High School senior offensive linemen Justin McGuire (left center) and William “Bo” Atherton (right center) sign letters of intent to play college football in a ceremony Wednesday. McGuire, flanked by mom Tracy and dad Elton McGuire, signed with Tarleton State University at Stephenville. Atherton, flanked by mom Gina, dad William Layne and younger brother Caleb (an eighth grader at Mabank Middle School), signed with Henderson State University of Arkadelphia, Ark. Atherton has not decided on a major yet, but is “leaning toward engineering,” while McGuire will major in engineering. Both seniors anchored the Panthers’ offensive line this past fall, and Atherton was named to two different All-State teams by sportswriters.

Lady Lions claw Kemp
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Tenth-ranked Kaufman wasn’t about to allow the scrappy Kemp Lady Yellowjackets to sneak up on them, and rolled up an 82-31 victory.
Tuesday’s contest ended the second round of District 13-3A play and the regular season for both clubs.
The visiting Lady Lions finished district play unbeaten at 10-0, grabbing the loop crown and gaining a first-round playoff bye, while the Lady ’Jackets finished at 3-7 in district play.
Posting a significant edge in quickness and overall team speed, the Lady Lions raced out to a 19-5 lead, and stretched their advantage to 24 points by halftime, 40-16.
Kaufman outscored the Lady ’Jackets 42-15 in the second half to forge the final 51-point margin.
Junior guard Sarah Smith led the Lady ’Jackets with 10 points, while senior post Alex Valentine added seven.
Senior wing Ashley Zellmer, who battled foul trouble, finished with six points, including a 3-point basket.
Brittany Simmons scored three points, both Ashley Darby and Meagan Lacy added two points each, and Amanda Lawrence chipped in a free throw.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Moving around a pick from senior Alex Valentine (20) on Kaufman’s Allison Chaney (21), Kemp freshman Brittany Simmons (with ball) scores the last basket of the season for the hosting Lady Yellowjackets in Tuesday’s District 13-3A and regular season finale.



Upcoming Games

Boys' Basketball

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

*District 13-3A game


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

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

Feb. 16
MHS vs Canton (scr)

Feb. 17
KHS vs Westwood (scr)
EHS alumni game

Feb. 19
EHS @ Athens

Feb. 20
MHS vs Quinlan Ford
KHS @ Nevada Community


Feb. 12
MHS vs Wills Point

Feb. 13
KHS @ Quinlan Ford
EHS vs Kilgore

Feb. 15
MHS @ Dallas tournament
KHS @ Terrell

Feb. 19
MHS vs Quinlan

Feb. 22-24
MHS @ Malakoff tourn.
KHS @ Kerens tournament
EHS @ Kerens tournament



Feb. 12
EHS boys @ Athens (JV)

Feb. 13
MHS girls vs Corsicana*
MHS boys @ Corsicana*

Feb. 16
MHS girls vs Lancaster*
MHS boys @ Lancaster*

Feb. 17
EHS boys @ Athens (JV)

Feb. 20
MHS girls @ Forney*
MHS boys vs Forney*
*District 11-4A game


Feb. 24
District 13-3A meet