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Panthers fall in bidistrict
Mabank has shot to win in 3, but cant close out Lindale at TVCC
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
ATHENSMabanks Lady Panthers came this close to winning a bidistrict crown in
three games, but fell apart in games four and five to lose to the Lindale Lady Eagles,
3-2, Tuesday night.
Mabank High School freshman Makenna Allen (center) returns a Lindale hit as senior Lady
Panther teammates Sadie Roberts (9) and Torrie Garrett (10) look on during the second game
of Mabank's 3-2 bidistrict volleyball playoff loss to the Lady Eagles at the TVCC gym
The Lady Panthers ended their season at 20-20, while the District 14-3A runner-up Lady
Eagles advanced to face District 15-3A winner Paris in the area round Saturday.
After winning the first two games by identical 25-19 scores, Mabank had two chances to
close out the Lady Eagles in game three, but couldnt get it done, eventually falling
The Lady Panthers essentially fell apart in game four, losing 25-15, and were unable to
mount a rally in game five, won by Lindale 15-8.
The girls played awesome tonight, veteran Mabank coach Stacy Shelton said
afterward. The team that made the fewest errors won tonight, and that wasnt
A brisk north win didnt reach inside a sweltering Cardinal Gym on the Trinity Valley
Community College campus, as a good-sized crowd got loud, hot and sweaty during the
lengthy (two hours) contest.
For the first two games, and most of game three, the Lady Panthers looked to be in
Lindale took an early lead, 13-7, before the Lady Panthers came fighting back, eventually
tying the score at 17 before senior Torrie Garrett put Mabank ahead to stay with a tip
over two Lady Eagle blockers.
Garrett was a force in the middle for the Lady Panthers in her final match, finishing with
20 kills, seven blocks, four digs and one save while serving four aces.
Lindale errors (hitting long/out and into the net) gave the Lady Panthers a 21-17 lead,
but two straight officials calls against the Lady Eagles put Mabank ahead 23-19.
The Lady Eagles hit out twice to end the first game.
Mabank took control early in game two behind Garrett and solid setting from sophomore
Kourtney Holyfield, but neither team could put a run together, thanks to unforced errors.
Mabank took a 9-5 lead, only to see the Lady Eagles close the gap to two points at 12-10
before the Lady Panthers again opened a significant lead at 17-12.
Lindale was unable to get any closer than two points (20-18) before the Lady Panthers took
five of the next six points.
The Lady Eagles opened an early 7-2 lead in game three, but the Lady Panthers fought back
to tie the game at 7-7 on a tip by junior Molly Groom.
Lindale again opened a three-point lead at 12-9, but the Lady Panthers again closed the
gap, tying the game at 15 when the Lady Eagles missed a return.
The teams then traded the lead, tying at 16, 18, 20, 22, 24 and 25, before the Lady Eagles
won the contest on two straight misses by Mabank.
Mabank had shots to win the contest at 24-23 and at 25-24, but a hit out and a block out
tied the score both times.
Game four was a disaster for the Lady Panthers, who seemingly couldnt do anything
right, falling behind 14-4 and 17-5 before rallying late to close the final gap to 10
Game five wasnt a lot better, as the Lady Panthers again fell behind early on
unforced errors hitting long, in particular, as they tried to pound the ball and
just hit it too hard.
Lindale opened a 7-1 lead before the Lady Panthers closed the gap, but Mabank was unable
to get closer than three points at 9-6, before the Lady Eagles opened up a 14-6 advantage.
We are a very young team, and Lindale had a lot of experienced players on their
team, Shelton said. I am very proud of the way the girls played. They left it
all on the floor, and played with a lot of heart and character.
Freshman Makenna Allen had six kills and three blocks, along with five digs, while
Holyfield notched 32 assists.
Another freshman, Mikayla Adams had five kills, five digs and one save, while Groom
finished with two kills, two blocks, four digs, one save and one assist, along with two
Senior Jena Penney finished with five kills and four digs, while classmate Natalie Torres
had five digs on defense.
EHS girls get bidistrict win
Monitor Staff Reports
KAUFMANAfter dropping the opening game, the Eustace Lady Bulldogs roared back to
take the next three straight and defeat the Palmer Lady Bulldogs in a 2A bidistrict
volleyball championship match Tuesday night.
Now 33-8 on the season, Eustaces girls were scheduled to face the District 4-2A
Whitney Lady Wildcats in an area round contest at Mansfield High School Thursday evening
(see report in the Thursday, Nov. 11, issue).
Real slow start, but it was a solid team effort from everyone, veteran Eustace
coach Chuck Powers said after his team notched his 701st career victory.
Eustace fell in the opener, 25-20, at Kaufman High School, but then evened the match with
a dominating 25-8 win in the second game and iced the contest with 25-18 and 25-19 wins in
games three and four.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Lady Bulldog senior Shelley Temple (9) sets the ball for fellow seniors Vanessa
Lopez (14), Allie Cass (2) and sophomore Bethany Strickland (6) during Eustace's 3-0 win
over Cross Roads in a playoff warm-up match Oct. 30.
Eustace dominated the net, as senior Allison Cass had 22 kills and one block, along
with two digs, while senior Harmony Allen and junior Catania Grant each notched 12 kills.
Allen added six blocks and one assist, while Grant had two blocks.
Senior Vanessa Lopez had five kills, adding one block, one dig and one assist, while
senior setter Shelley Temple notched 28 assists, along with one block and one dig.
Sophomore Kacie Richards also had three kills in the match.
MHS @ Forney
KHS @ Italy
EHS vs Trinidad
KHS vs Palmer
EHS vs Van (10 a.m.)
MHS @ Commerce
KHS @ Scurry-Rosser
EHS @ Grand Saline
MHS @ Spring Hill
MHS hosts TSAO Classic
KHS vs EHS
MHS vs 3 teams (scr)
MHS @ TK Gorman (scr)
EHS vs TBA (scr)
MHS @ TK Gorman
MHS vs Lindale
EHS vs Mineola
MHS hosts TASO Classic
EHS vs Brownsboro
MHS hosts TASO Classic
EHS vs KHS
(Vandergriff Park, Arlington)
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