Sports and Outdoors


Kemp girls beat Mineola
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Kemp’s Lady Yellowjackets used a 26-14 fourth-quarter run to power past the visiting Mineola Lady Yellowjackets, 65-45, Tuesday.
Now 5-4 on the season, the Kemp girls were scheduled to visit Fort Worth Christian Friday night, weather permitting.
Tuesday, Dec. 5, the Kemp girls will host Canton, with a 4:30 p.m. freshman contest opening a three-game slate.
Next weekend, Dec. 7-9, the Lady ’Jackets will play in the annual Great East Texas Shoot-out at Brownsboro before returning home to host Palestine Westwood Tuesday, Dec. 12.
Kemp opened a 14-6 lead against Mineola, but saw that six-point lead dwindle to two points by halftime, as Mineola came back strong in the second quarter.
In the third quarter, the hosting Lady ’Jackets pushed their lead back out to eight points, and then opened the contest up with their fourth-quarter run.
Alex Valentine led the Lady ’Jackets with 15 points, as Lawrence added 13 points, Smith scored 12, Ashley Darby scored 10 points and Ashley Zellmer added eight points.

Mabank fouls out against Royse City
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The Mabank Lady Panthers got into foul trouble early and were unable to hold the visiting Royse City Lady Bulldogs, who pulled away late for a 52-44 victory Tuesday.
The Lady Panthers were scheduled to play in the Wills Point Invitational tournament this weekend, weather permitting.
Tuesday, Dec. 5, the Lady Panthers will host the Cross Roads Lady Bobcats, opening with a 5 p.m. junior varsity contest, followed by the varsity game.
Next weekend, Dec. 7-9, the Lady Panthers will play in the Commerce Invitational tournament, and will stay on the road Tuesday, Dec. 12, when they visit Wills Point.
Against Royse City, the Lady Panthers’ new pressure defense was sorely tested by the officiating, as three Lady Panthers, Miranda Groom, Ashley Corter and Blaire Hyde all fouled out.
“That’s part of the growing process, both for the kids and for me,” new Mabank coach David Brown noted afterward.
Royse City didn’t take full advantage of the situation, as they hit just 20-of-40 free throw attempts. Mabank didn’t do any better from the charity stripe, hitting 11-of-21 attempts.
The Lady Panthers showed they were much quicker than the bigger Lady Bulldogs, running up a 17-5 lead in the first quarter.
However, Royse City came back to outscore the foul-hobbled Lady Panthers 13-5 in the third quarter and 19-10 in the fourth period to take the eight-point win.
Groom led the Lady Panthers with 15 points, including a trio of 3-point baskets, before fouling out.
Shadia Rueb added 10 points for the Lady Panthers, who got seven points from Hyde and six points from Corter.
Lauren Graham and Emily Tucker each scored two points, while Kelsi Reynolds and Sam Goss each hit free throws.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Lady Panther Kelsi Reynolds (light uniform) gets tripped by Royse City’s Garza (23) while trying to cut off a drive by Lady Bulldog Bell (10) during Royse City’s 52-44 victory over Mabank Tuesday.

Comets win Hurst tournament
Monitor Staff Reports
HURST–The Under-19 girls Comets from the Tri-County Soccer Association took the gold medal at the Hurst “Turkey Shoot” soccer tournament Nov. 19.
Coached by Bruce Tower, the Comets won three straight contests in the tournament’s opening day, and found themselves in the championship contest against the Bedford Euless Soccer Association’s Extreme.
With 13 minutes to play, the Comets dropped back into a seven-man defense to preserve their 2-1 lead, and shut down the Extreme offense for the win.
Comets goalie Adrienne Rhodes allowed just the one goal in the championship game the entire tournament.
Nikki McWhorter led the Comets in scoring, with Alyssa Balderas and Hilary Noble adding goals.

Courtesy Photo
Members of the Comets soccer team are (from left, front row) Adrienne Rhodes, Kayla Ward and Nikki McWhorter; (second row) Tiffani Kale, Kendra Ward, Sarah Thomas and Laura Renfro; (back row) assistant coach Donna Ward, Jessica Ridgle, Alyssa Balderas, Hilary Noble, Brittany Dyer, Arin Rhodes and coach Bruce Tower.

Upcoming Games

Boys' Basketball

Dec. 5
MHS vs Rains
KHS vs N.Dallas
EHS @ LaPoynor

Dec. 7-9
KHS @ Fairfield tourn.
EHS @ Great ET Shoot-out (Brownsboro)

Dec. 12
MHS vs Terrell
KHS vs Royse City
EHS vs Quinlan-Ford

Dec. 14-16
MHS @ Sabine tourn.

Dec. 15
KHS vs Kerens
EHS @ Edgewood

Dec. 19
MHS vs Canton
EHS vs Grand Saline

Dec. 20
KHS @ Wills Point

Dec. 27
EHS @ Rusk

Dec. 28-30
MHS @ Tyler tourn.
KHS @ Gatesville tourn.
EHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.

Girls' Basketball

Dec. 5
MHS vs Cross Roads
EHS @ LaPoynor
KHS @ Canton

Dec. 7-9
MHS @ Commerce tourn.
KHS @ East Texas Shoot-out
EHS @ East Texas Shoot-out

Dec. 12
MHS @ Wills Point
KHS vs Westwood
EHS @ Bullard

Dec. 15
MHS vs Quitman
KHS vs Ennis St. Johns

Dec. 18
MHS @ Spring Hill
EHS @ Cross Roads

Dec. 20
KHS vs Wills Point

Dec. 28-30
MHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.
KHS @ Kaufman tourn.
EHS @ Trinidad tourn.