Lady Panthers win again,
beat Hallsville, 4-3
By Sam Epps
MABANK–The Mabank Lady Panthers won the Regioin II-4A sectional
round of the playoffs over the Hallsville Lady Bobcats, 4-3,
Lady Panther Ashton Norman scored the first goal of the game on
a long, 20-yard-plus kick with 8:25 left in the first half.
Savannah Henderson scored early in the second half to give
Mabank a 2-0 lead.
Norman scored again with 33 minutes left in the second half to
put Mabank on top, 3-0.
After gaining the three-point lead, the Lady Panthers saw the
Hallsville girls pick up the pace and score three goals in a
matter of minutes, tying the game and sending the Lady Panthers
into an offensive frenzy.
The frenzy was controlled, however, as the Lady Panthers kept
their wits and Norman kicked another goal with just seconds left
in the game.
Despite calls against Mabank that drove fans and coaches crazy,
and a game that saw several bumps, bruises and collisions, the
lady Panthers will take a win regardless of how it looks.
“We didn’t win every battle in the game, but we got the win at
the end,” Mabank head coach Jeff Downs said. “It may be an ugly
win, but it’s a win.”
In one collision between Henderson and the Hallsville goal
keeper, both players were pulled from the game.
Henderson returned shortly thereafter. Several other collisions
resulted in skinned knees and lost breath.
“My girls are not afraid to get physical on the field,” Downs
said. “That’s definitely a plus on our side.”
The Lady Panthers have a 10-game winning streak heading into the
next game, when they will play the winner of the Red Oak/Ennis
Last year, the Lady Panthers lost in the sectional round of the
playoffs. This year, they advanced farther than any team before
them. “It’s amazing,” Norman exclaimed. “We’re leaving a
Malakoff Tigers bite Bulldogs
Monitor Staff Reports
MALAKOFF–The hosting Malakoff Tiger baseball team defeated the
Eustace Bulldogs, 10-7, last Thursday.
Malakoff scored one run in the bottom of each of the first three
The Bulldogs scored twice in the top of the third inning.
With the score 3-2, in Malakoff’s favor, the Tigers added one
run in the bottom of the fifth inning to make the score 4-2.
In the top of the sixth inning, the Bulldog bats found their
mark, and Eustace scored five times to take a 7-4 lead.
However, Malakoff answered with six runs in the bottom of the
sixth to take the 10-7 lead and secure the win.
The Bulldogs got seven hits in the contest, led by Kyle
Purselley’s two hits and two RBIs.
Jordan Foote, Trevor Lane, Blake Ward, Tim Gassman and Tyler
McWilliams all had hits for Eustace. Lane’s hit was a double.
Foote, Raymond Shutak, Gassman, Gavin Kinkhart and McWilliams
all had RBIs.
Ward got the loss, as he was the starting pitcher for Eustace
and pitched 5.1 innings.
The Bulldogs hosted Sunnyvale Tuesday, and are scheduled to
travel to Palmer Friday.