Lady Panthers win District
By Sam Epps
NORTH FORNEY–The Mabank Lady Panthers traveled to North Forney
Tuesday to face the Lady Falcons for the District 13-3A
In a strong defensive, the Lady Panther offense proved more
potent than North Forney’s, and gained a 44-34 victory.
It didn’t start quickly, however, as the Lady Panthers scored
just five points in the first period, and the Lady Falcons
The second period saw the Mabank girls score 12 points, but
North Forney Stayed right in the game, scoring 11 points.
Mabank went into halftime down, 21-17.
The Lady Panther defense sprang to life in the third period,
holding North Forney to five points. Meanwhile, the Mabank
offense scored 12 points to take a one point, 29-26 lead after
Mabank never looked back, and the Lady Panther defense continued
to stop the Lady Falcons. North Forney scored just eight points
in the final period of the matchup.
The Lady Panthers extended their lead, scoring 15 points to
close the books on North Forney.
“We started of pretty slow, but picked it up in the second
half,” Lady Panther head coach Ashleigh Weeaks said. “With the
district championship on the line, the girls really stepped up
and played great.”
Kourtney Holyfield led the Lady Panther offense with 15 points,
and Cheyenne Alldredge followed with 12 points.
Makenna Allen scored seven points for the Mabank girls, while
Ashton Norman and Olivia Pannell each kicked in five points.
The Lady Panthers played a playoff warmup game against Buffalo
at the University of Texas at Tyler Saturday.
“We won district 13-3A, so we get a bye in the bi-district
game,” Weeaks explained. “We will play the winner of the North
Lamar and Carthage game for the area game of the playoffs.
“I am very proud of each and everyone of the girls on this team.
We have achieved one of our many goals this season, now it is
time to get back to work and get ready for the playoffs.”
Bulldogs beat Lions
By Sam Epps
Eustace Bulldogs beat the Blooming Grove Lions, 60-43, Tuesday.
Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
Eustace Bulldog Tim Gassman (5) goes up for a rebound against a
Blooming Grove Lion player. Eustace beat the visiting Lions,
Eustace had three players score in double digits
– Kyle Wood scored 18 points, Jordan Foote scored 17 points and
Steven Stine chipped in 12 points.
Eustace took control of the game early, outscoring Blooming
Grove, 12-7, in the first period.
The Lions bounced back, scoring 16 points in the second period
while Eustace scored 15.
The Bulldogs again took charge of the game, scoring 12 points in
the third period, while allowing the Lions just six.
The Bulldog offense was on fire in the final period, scoring 21
points. Blooming Grove, however, had a good offensive output
with 14 points of their own.
“Bulldog Billy Key helped control the boards with a great
rebounding effort,” Eustace head coach Chad Martinez said. “Key
and senior point guard Jacob McCarter also dished out several
assists on the evening to help the Bulldog attack.”
Eustace returned to action Friday as they hosted the Buffalo
They will close out their season in Leon on Valentine’s Day.