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Kerens nips Mabank in 2OTs
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–A stirring comeback led by junior Jeanice Mojica fell just short
in double overtime Tuesday, as the visiting Kerens Lady Bobcats edged
the Mabank Lady Panthers 87-83 in the season opener for both teams.
The Lady Panthers were scheduled to host Wills Point Friday night.
At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, the Lady Panthers will host the Copperas
Cove Lady Bulldogs. Friday, Nov. 21, Mabank will go on the road to
Spring Hill, opening a three-game slate with a 4:30 p.m. freshman
Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 24-25, the Mabank girls will have two road
contests, as they visit Canton Monday and Van Tuesday, each evening
opening with a 4:30 p.m. freshman game.
At home Tuesday, the Lady Panthers took a 17-12 lead behind very
balanced scoring, as seven of the 10 Mabank players put points on the
In the second quarter, the Lady Bobcats closed the gap behind a 3-point
basket from BreAnna Lawrence and six points from Nicole Kelm, trailing
by two at halftime, 30-28.
Kerens took the lead with a 25-14 third-quarter run, keyed by eight
points from Michell Jordan and six points each from Taneque Williams and
Mabank countered with another balanced scoring effort, with six
different players hitting baskets.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Panthers began turning to Mojica, who
scored 21 of her game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter and overtime
Mojica had 12 points as the Lady Panthers outscored Kerens 23-14 in the
fourth quarter, tying the contest at 67 at the end of regulation.
During the two overtime periods, the Lady Bobcats outscored the Lady
Panthers 20-16 behind Kelm (who hit 5-of-6 from the free-throw line) and
Mabank countered with nine points from Mojica and the efforts of another
returning starter, Lauren Hamilton, who scored five of her 11 points in
In addition to Mojica’s 31 points and Hamilton’s 11, Ashley Hammack also
scored 11 points for the Lady Panthers, while Chelsea Alldredge finished
with nine, Sara Springer had six, and Sarah Gilbert, Whitney Cathey and
Cheyenne Alldredge all scored two points each.
Kelm led Kerens with 25 points, while Jordan had 17, Michelle Bivins
added 14 and Lawrence finished with 12.
Princeton knocks out Lady
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
QUINLAN–Eustace’s volleyball playoff run came to a halt Tuesday when the
Princeton Lady Panthers took a narrow 3-1 win in a regional
Playing in front of around 800 fans in Quinlan High School’s gym, the
Lady Panthers got the benefit of some odd officiating, drawing
complaints from most of the Eustace fans.
While most volleyball coaches are not very demonstrative, Princeton
coach Donald McIntyre routinely yelled and gestured as he prowled the
sideline a couple of steps from the court, and almost continually spoke
to the floor official, in stark contrast to veteran Eustace coach Chuck
Powers, who rarely left his seat, except to huddle with his players.
The payoff came in the fourth game, when Princeton took advantage of
some questionable calls to forge a small, but significant, lead.
Princeton opened the match with a 25-19 win in the first game, but the
Lady Bulldogs came back to win the second game 25-18.
In the third game, the Lady Bulldogs suffered numerous unforced errors,
and fell 25-13.
The fourth game proved to be extremely close, with four lead changes and
After Princeton took a 2-1 lead, the Lady Bulldogs came back to take a
4-2 lead on a block by Krysta Lowry and Camille Rogers.
A tip by Lady Panther Tara Thompson and a call against Eustace tied the
score again at 4-all, and the teams swapped points on plays by Rogers
and Princeton’s Rachel Robertson to tie the game again at 5.
After a spike by four-year Lady Bulldog starter Cassie Freeman tied the
contest at 6, the Lady Panthers began to forge ahead.
Two calls against the Lady Bulldogs, a Eustace miss and a kill by Lady
Panther Holly Wallace gave Princeton a 12-6 lead, but the Lady Bulldogs
began to inch back.
Errors by the Lady Panthers and back-to-back kills by Freeman tied the
score again at 14-all, and the Lady Bulldogs forged a 16-14 lead on two
After a Eustace hit out, Princeton was called for being in the net on a
kill (following a lengthy discussion between McIntyre and the
officials), giving the Lady Bulldogs a 17-15 lead.
However, a couple of Eustace errors enabled Princeton to tie the score
again at 17-all.
Eustace hit long, prompting Powers to call time, but another miss gave
Princeton a 19-17 lead.
The Lady Bulldogs tied the score again at 19 on a Rogers block (one of a
dozen for her) and a Princeton miss, and Rogers, Arin Rhodes and Lowry
combined on a block to give Eustace a 20-19 lead.
Robertson’s kill tied the game again at 20, and after a Eustace miss,
Freeman’s kill (one of nine) tied the score again at 21.
Tips by Roberson and Freeman again left the score tied at 22, but a kill
by Wallace and a call against Eustace gave Princeton a 24-22 lead and
prompted Powers to call time.
Wallace got another tip to ice the game and the match as Eustace fans
watched in dismay.
The Lady Bulldogs ended their season at 29-10 with district and area
championship trophies, while Princeton advanced to this weekend’s
regional tournament at Texas A&M at Commerce.
Freeman led the Eustace offense with nine kills, and added eight blocks
and 11 digs on defense, while Rogers had three kills, 12 blocks and one
Allison Cass had five kills, five blocks and 20 digs, while Jenny
McConathy notched 10 blocks and two digs.
Rhodes also finished with 12 blocks and added one kill, while Catania
Grant (a move-up from the junior varsity) had three kills and eight
Defensively, the Lady Bulldogs got five digs from Chelsea Truitt, three
digs from Kimberly Austin, seven digs from Jessica McConathy, four digs
from Nicole McNeel and eight digs from Krysta Lowry.
Area schools welcome new girls
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–All three local school districts have new girls
basketball coaches, and they’re excited about their respective seasons.
Mabank opened its season Tuesday with a double-overtime loss to Kerens,
while Kemp’s Lady Yellowjackets opened their season Tuesday at Palestine
With the volleyball playoffs lasting until Tuesday, Eustace girls have
yet to play a game, but expect to open the season on the road Tuesday,
Nov. 18, in Grand Saline.
At Mabank, former Rockwall High School assistant coach Cody
Christenberry is entering his sixth year of coaching with a number of
returnees from last year’s playoff squad.
A 1998 graduate of Saltillo High School (located between Sulphur Springs
and Mount Vernon), Christenberry graduated from East Texas Baptist
University in Marshall with a BS in mathematics, and was an assistant
coach at ETBU for one year.
Christenberry also coached at Forney before joining the Rockwall staff.
Four of the five Lady Panther starters return from last year’s squad,
and “experience helps,” Christenberry said. “We’re still pretty young
Two senior starters, Chelsey Dillon and Lauren Hamilton, return, along
with seniors Whitney Cathey (who saw some playing time last year) and
two junior varsity players, Sarah Gilbert and Lynnsie Sims.
Christenberry has been told his system is similar to what the Lady
Panthers ran last year.
“I really want to push the ball,” he said. “My intention is to press a
lot, trap and play a lot of man (defense).”
Christenberry joined the staff during the summer, after former coach
David Brown became the assistant principal in the last week of the
“I like it here,” he said Wednesday. “The kids work hard and play hard.
“I like the way we hustle and get after it,” he added. “You can win a
lot when you have people willing to do that.”
At Kemp, Kent Smith has become the Lady ’Jackets’ fourth head coach in
as many years, coming in from Abilene.
The son of a U.S. Air Force airman, Smith graduated from Eastern Wayne
High School in Goldsboro, N.C., in 1982, but has spent most of his
working life in West Texas.
Smith graduated from Angelo State University in San Angelo with a BS in
physics in 1987, and coached in nearby El Dorado and San Angelo before
taking his first head coaching position at nearby Miles.
He later moved to the Texas Gulf Coast for a stint at Beeville, but then
got out of coaching for three years while training Texas Alcoholic
Beverage Commission officers.
Smith returned to coaching with stints in Christoval (just south of San
Angelo) and Cross Plains before joining the staff at Abilene High
Of the 10 players on the Kemp varsity last year, eight of them are back,
but the Lady ’Jackets are still very young, with only two seniors,
multi-sport standout Meagan Lacy and Chelsea Mulvaney, along with five
juniors and two sophomores.
“I’m looking to Meagan for experience and leadership,” Kent said. “She
leads by example. I’m very impressed with her.”
Smith said he’s also impressed with the athleticism of the Lady
“Having been with a team that went to regional two years in a row,
athlete-wise, this team has a ton of potential,” he said. “How
successful they will be will depend on how successful they want to be.
They have the tools to do it.”
Having had four coaches in four years doesn’t help, Smith admitted.
“That right there makes it difficult,” he said. “You’re always having to
catch up and learn a new system.”
In the girls’ first game Tuesday at Palestine Westwood, Smith said he
was most impressed by the Lady ’Jackets’ outside shooting.
“We had seven 3s and six different girls shooting,” he said.
At Eustace, a former Eustace Junior High coach has returned for her
first head coaching job.
Dalinda Cassell (pronounced cass-ELL), partnered with former EHS coach
Kelli Moore at the junior high level two years ago, and comes back to
Eustace after a stint at Ferris.
Moore stepped down to the assistant coach’s position this year in order
to spend more time with her two young children.
As Dalinda Clarkson, Cassell was a standout at Canton High School,
graduating in 2001.
She played at both Trinity Valley Community College and Texas A&M
University at Commerce, graduating in 2005 with a degree in kinesiology.
Now in her fourth year of coaching, Cassell has three returning starters
from last year’s squad, but the Lady Bulldogs are still very young
overall, with five sophomores and a freshman out of 10 varsity players.
There are only two seniors, point guard Nicole McNeel and off guard/wing
Jessica McConathy. Junior post Jenny McConathy is the other returning
“Our main focus this year will be to be competitive and learn a new
system,” Cassell said.
She pointed to the Lady Bulldogs’ work ethic as the most impressive
thing she’s seen so far.
“You couldn’t ask for more there,” Cassell said. “They’re wanting this
program to take that next step. They’re very coachable, and they
MHS vs Copperas Cove
KHS @ Scurry-Rosser
EHS @ Grand Saline
MHS @ Spring Hill
KHS vs Trinidad
MHS @ Canton
KHS vs Kaufman
EHS vs T.K. Gorman
MHS @ Van
KHS @ Kerens
EHS @ Malakoff
MHS @ Kaufman
KHS @ Ferris
EHS vs Fruitvale
MHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.
KHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.
EHS hosts tournament
KHS vs Malakoff
EHS vs Scurry-Rosser
MHS vs Lindale
EHS @ Malakoff
MHS hosts Kaufman TASO
KHS @ Crandall
EHS @ Blooming Grove
MHS @ Van
KHS vs Athens
EHS vs Fruitvale
MHS-Cedar Creek Shoot-Out
KHS @ Quinlan-Ford tourn.
EHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.