Kemp stings Lions
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–The hosting Kemp Yellowjackets broke open a tight game in
the fourth quarter to notch their first district win against the
visiting Kaufman Lions, 49-40, Tuesday night.
After playing four of their five first-round games on the road,
the ’Jackets are scheduled to have their final three District
13-3A basketball games at home – Tuesday’s win against Kaufman,
Friday night’s matchup against the Ferris Yellowjackets and the
season finale Tuesday, Feb. 15, against the Crandall Pirates.
In front of a large and loud crowd in the Kemp High School gym,
the ’Jackets opened a 13-7 lead in the first quarter behind two
buckets from Riley Lazard, a trey by Jake Goldman and four
points from Jeff Goldman.
The Lions came back to outscore Kemp 15-9 in the second quarter
and tie the contest at 22-22 by halftime, thanks to eight points
(including a trey) from Jacob Jacquez.
Both teams played pretty much even in the third quarter, as the
’Jackets held a slim one-point lead, 30-29, going into the
In the final frame, the ’Jackets outscored Kaufman 19-11 to
forge the final nine-point margin, even though Jared Lane and
Blake Watkins both fouled out.
Jake Goldman hit six of his 10 points in the fourth quarter,
while Jeff Goldman hit 3-of-4 from the free throw line to finish
with a game-high 13 points, including two 3-point buckets in the
Lazard finished with nine points, while Ryan Emfinger, Lane and
Watkins all finished with four points each, Brandon Stewart had
three points and Cody Dunagan had a pair of fourth-quarter free
Reid Baker led the Lions with 10 points, while Jacquez finished
with nine, Calvin Duncan had six and both Phillip Sanders and
Je’Mikal Jobe finished with five points each.
Panthers fly past Falcons
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–This one didn’t get away.
After seeing so many close games end in defeat, the Mabank
Panthers grabbed a 57-53 victory in a tight contest against the
visiting North Forney Falcons Tuesday night.
The dramatic win avenged a first-round loss at Forney and evened
the Panthers at 4-4 in District 13-3A basketball play,
tightening the playoff race considerably.
Mabank was scheduled to host the Kaufman Lions for “senior
night” Friday, before visiting Ferris in the second-round and
regular season finale Tuesday, Feb. 15.
Wins in both games would keep the Panthers in the running for a
playoff berth, since the Lions were upset by Kemp Tuesday night
(see related story above).
Tuesday night’s contest was as tight as expected, as the Falcons
opened a 13-10 first-quarter lead over the Panthers, despite the
effort of the only Mabank senior, T.C. Greene, who scored eight
of his game-high 18 points in the period.
Mabank came back to outscore the Falcons 20-15 in the second
quarter and take a 30-28 halftime lead behind Jordan Allen, who
scored 14 of his 17 points (including two 3-point baskets) in
The Falcons erased the slim Panther lead and tied the contest at
40-40 going into the fourth quarter behind five points
(including a trey) from Kameron Jefferson and three points from
In the final frame, the Panthers lost point guard Ryan Walker to
fouls, but wing Brandon Hatfield picked up the slack, scoring 10
of his 14 points in the quarter, while Green added four points
and Allen three.
The Falcons got four points (including a trey) from Junior Woods
and four from Jefferson, but Jefferson hit just 2-of-5 from the
free throw line and couldn’t convert on at least one 1-and-1
Overall, the Panthers had an unusually poor night at the free
throw line, hitting just 11-of-28 (39 percent). The Falcons shot
60 percent (20-of-33), but hit just 5-of-10 in the fourth
In addition to Greene’s 18, Allen’s 17 and Hatfield’s 14, the
Panthers got six points from Walker and two points from David
Jefferson was the only Falcon in double figures with 16, with
both Tyrell Choice and Hunter Hartley scoring eight points each
and both Woods and Brendon Lyons scoring seven points each.
Mabank also swept the sub-varsity games, winning the junior
varsity contest 65-49 and the freshman game 53-46.
In the JV contest, the Panthers opened an 18-12 lead in the
first quarter and maintained a 10- to 12-point lead through the
rest of the contest behind 16 points from Chris Newton, 14 from
Garrett Graham and 11 from Landon Marshall.
The freshman contest wasn’t close until the final minutes, as
the Panthers opened a 14-4 lead in the first quarter and led
27-8 at halftime, before the Falcons started a furious comeback,
outscoring the Panthers 23-12 in the fourth quarter to pull
within seven by the end of the contest.
Adam Penix led the Panther frosh with 11 points and Mark Foster
Mabank girls fall to 2nd;
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–North Forney’s Lady Falcons – plus a horrible shooting
night – spoiled “senior night” for the Mabank Lady Panthers
Tuesday, as the visiting Lady Falcons ran up a convincing 50-37
win over Mabank.
With the victory, the Lady Falcons secured the District 13-3A
third-place berth and dropped the Lady Panthers to second place
with an 8-2 mark.
The Lady Falcons took control of the contest from the start,
outscoring the Lady Panthers in three of the four quarters, as
Mabank saw shot after shot clang off the iron or miss
North Forney opened a 10-7 lead in the first quarter and led by
eight at halftime, 25-17.
In the third quarter, the Lady Panthers cut the margin to six
points, but in the final frame, the Lady Falcons outscored
Mabank 10-6 to forge the final 13-point margin.
Olivia Pannell was the only Lady Panther in double figures with
10 points, with Ashton Norman adding seven, both Kourtney
Holyfield and Makenna Allen scoring six points each and Sara
Springer adding four points.