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Kemp girls beat
Mineola, make playoffs
Monitor Staff Reports
WILLS POINT–In a playoff to determine a playoff berth, the Kemp Lady
Yellowjackets made it two-of-three against the Mineola Lady
Yellowjackets this season by grabbing a 47-41 win.
Friday night’s win over Mineola in Wills Point gave the Kemp girls third
place in District 14-3A and put them into the state basketball playoffs
for the first time in at least 16 years.
It was just three seasons ago – the 2005-06 season – that the Kemp Lady
Yellowjacket basketball program dwindled to just seven players and
finished with fewer than a handful of wins. One of Kemp’s two seniors,
Meagan Lacy, started as a freshman on that team.
Kemp was scheduled to face the District 13-3A runner-up Rains Lady
Wildcats from Emory in the second game of a double-header at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday at Royse City.
The District 14-3A runner-up Van Lady Vandals were scheduled to play the
13-3A third-place Farmersville Lady Farmers in the 6 p.m. opening
Canton’s 12th-ranked Eaglettes, who finished district play at 10-0, have
a bye in the opening round of the playoffs.
Kemp and Mineola split road games during district play, with each team
winning on the other’s home court.
Unlike their disappointing Feb. 6 contest at Kemp, which saw the Lady
’Jackets have a miserable shooting night, the Kemp girls found the range
early on and quickly built a commanding lead.
“We played a great four quarters,” first-year Kemp coach Kent Smith said
Kemp outscored Mineola 31-14 in the middle two quarters. Up by eight at
halftime, the Lady ’Jackets were up by 15 points in the fourth quarter
before Mineola began bombing away with 3-point shots.
“Mineola went on a rampage, rushing the ball up the floor to take
3-pointers to catch up,” Smith said. “They hit five 3-pointers in the
second half, four in the fourth quarter.
“However, we were able to play a very smart defensive game, probably our
best all year,” Smith said. “We shut down all three of Mineola’s top
Kemp held Mineola’s Brittany Tuck to just three points, Shena Woods to
just eight and LeAundra Jackson to just six. In the Feb. 6 game, Jackson
led Mineola with 18 points.
Mineola tried pressing Kemp, and wound up getting in foul trouble early.
Kemp had a so-so night at the free throw line, hitting 22-of-40 attempts
(55 percent), but Mineola shot just 10 free throws, Smith pointed out.
“We were able to maintain our composure (against the pressure), only
turning it over 15 times, compared to Mineola’s 18 turnovers,” Smith
Amanda Lawrence led Kemp with 10 points, including a 3-point basket,
while Shannon Shipp added eight points and seven rebounds and Michelle
Ritterbach also had eight points.
Brittney Simmons also had eight points and five rebounds, while Kandace
Rose had seven points and five rebounds.
Brandy Simmons added four points, and both Lacy and B. Powell added free
slash MHS, 97-76
Monitor Staff Reports
LANCASTER–The ninth-ranked Lancaster Tigers blasted out to an early lead
and cruised past the visiting Mabank Panthers 97-76 Friday, despite a
41-point effort from Panther senior Kolton Browning.
Now 15-10 on the season and 4-7 in District 15-4A basketball play, the
Panthers were scheduled to wrap up the second round and the regular
season at home Tuesday against the West Mesquite Wranglers.
The Wranglers (15-12) came into Tuesday’s season finale at 7-4, second
behind unbeaten (11-0) Lancaster, and tied with Red Oak.
Mesquite Poteet (5-7) was fourth, followed by Mabank and Terrell (both
at 4-7), with Forney last at 1-10.
Lancaster outscored the Panthers 27-17 in both the first and second
quarters to take a commanding 20-point lead at halftime, 54-34.
The Tigers were able to maintain that lead through the second half,
outscoring the Panthers by two in the third quarter, while Mabank
outscored the Tigers 21-20 in the fourth period.
Mabank’s loss overshadowed a fine effort by Browning, who hit 11
two-point baskets, two 3-point baskets and 13-of-16 from the free throw
line to lead all scorers.
Browning had all but two points (a pair of free throws by Trevor Peele)
of Mabank’s 17 in the first quarter, and 11 of the Panthers’ 17 points
in the second period.
Cameron Tucker hit 6-of-6 at the free throw line in the second quarter
for the Panthers’ other points.
In addition to Browning’s 41 points, the Panthers got eight from Tucker
and Jordan Featherston, six from Tyler Fisher, five (including a trey)
from Mickey Pycha, and two points each from Peele, Jordan Allen, Griffin
Marshall and Jacob Woodard.
Lynch hit six 3-point baskets en route to leading Lancaster with 28
points, while both Zackery and Skinner added 16 points each.
Monitor Staff Reports
VAN–In a tight defensive contest, the hosting Van Vandals cemented their
hold on the district’s second-place playoff spot by edging the Kemp
Yellowjackets 35-27 Friday.
Now 4-5 in District 14-3A basketball play, the ’Jackets were scheduled
to wind up the second round and the regular season on the road Tuesday
against the unbeaten (9-0) Wills Point Tigers, while Van (7-2) was to
visit 0-9 Mineola Tuesday.
At 4-5, the ’Jackets are tied for third place with Eustace, who also
improved to 4-5 with a 63-61 double-overtime road win against Mineola
(see related story, page 2B).
Kemp swept Eustace in the first- and second-round openers. The Bulldogs
were scheduled to host 3-6 Canton in their regular-season finale
In a game where both teams swapped baskets, the Vandals took the win by
outscoring Kemp 12-5 in the fourth quarter.
Van opened the game by taking a slender 9-8 lead in the first quarter,
but Kemp outscored the Vandals 9-5 in the second period to lead by three
points, 17-14, at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Vandals returned the favor, outscoring the
’Jackets 9-5 to take a 23-22 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Wesley Kerr led Kemp with a game-high 14 points, including a 3-point
basket, as James Trim added 10 points.
The ’Jackets also got two points from Joseph Weeks and a free throw from
Jordan Schmid led the Vandals with 10 points, as Travis Hand added nine.
Both Tyler Sharpe and Chris Lewis added five points each, while both
Zach Gormley and Shane Hilton had three points each.
MHS g/b @/vs Athens*
EHS g/b vs Chapel Hill*
MHS g/b vs/@ Whitehouse*
EHS g/b vs Lindale*
MHS @ Canton (scr)
KHS vs Lone Oak (scr)
EHS @ Grand Saline
MHS @ Sulphur Springs tn.
KHS @ Sulphur Springs tn.
KHS vs Alba-Golden
EHS vs Athens
KHS @ Martins Mill
EHS Bulldog Relays