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Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 320.86
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56 degrees - bottom



  Jacksonville wins Shoot-Out
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Jacksonville’s Indians captured the ninth annual Cedar Creek Lake Shoot-Out basketball tournament championship Saturday with a 54-42 win over Dallas A.Maceo Smith.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Panther Griffin Marshall (front) forces a steal from Commerce Tiger guard R.J. Harrison (21) and begins a fast break during Mabank’s 64-54 defeat of the Tigers, which closed the first round of play at the ninth annual Cedar Creek Lake Shoot-Out basketball tournament last weekend.

Dallas Madison’s Trojans knocked out the hosting Mabank Panthers in the third-place game, 82-69, while the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears took the consolation trophy with a 52-33 win over the LaPoynor Flyers.
Mabank was scheduled to visit Rains Tuesday, and Friday, Dec. 7, the Panthers are scheduled to host Scurry-Rosser’s Wildcats, with a 5 p.m. junior varsity contest opening a two-game slate.
Tuesday, Dec. 11, the Panthers will visit Wills Point, opening with freshmen at 4:30 p.m., before traveling to Liberty City for the annual Sabine Invitational tournament.
The Panthers will visit the Canton Eagles Tuesday, Dec. 18. Following a Christmas break, Mabank will play in the annual Wagstaff Holiday Classic tournament at Tyler Junior College Dec. 27-29.
Mabank capped the first round of play at the Cedar Creek Lake Shoot-Out with a 64-54 win over the Commerce Tigers.
Posting a significant edge in quickness over the much taller Tigers, the Panthers opened an 18-8 first-quarter lead and stretched their lead to 15 points by halftime, 38-23.
Commerce came back to cut the Panther lead to 11 points in the third quarter, but could not get closer in the fourth period, as Tyler Fisher hit for nine of his team-high 18 points in the final stanza.
Albin Gashi added 15 points and Caleb McKee scored 11 points for the Panthers.
Anthony Henry paced Commerce with 26 points.
In other first-round action, A.Maceo Smith knocked off Tyler’s T.K. Gorman 69-41, while Madison stopped L-CM 64-49 and Jacksonville crushed LaPoynor 70-48.
Mabank ran into Jacksonville in the second round, and the Indians used a 17-11 edge in the third quarter to power past the Panthers, 70-56.
The Indians opened a five-point lead in the first quarter and still led by five at halftime, 28-24.
In the third quarter, the Indians opened their lead to 11 points, and in a fast-paced final stanza, outscored the Panthers 24-21 to secure the 14-point win.
Kolton Browning led the Panthers with 15 points, as Fisher added 12, Gashi seven and both Oliver Wedemeyer and Tray Phillips added six points each.
In other second-round action, Smith beat Madison 71-63 to advance to the championship game, while L-CM eliminated Gorman 56-35 and LaPoynor eliminated Commerce 66-59.
In the third-place game, the Trojans opened a five-point halftime lead, 40-35, but then outscored the Panthers 42-34 in the second half to blunt a Panther comeback attempt.
Browning led the Panthers with 22 points, as Gashi added 15 and McKee scored 12 points.
Sophomore Timothy Flentroy (joined by twin Desmond) led the Trojans with 19 points, as Dominque Smith added 18, Tevin Harris scored 12 and Josh Leffal added 10 points.
In the championship game, Jacksonville made a 17-7 first-quarter lead stand up over the Smith Falcons in a bruising defensive contest.

Lady Eagles win Roundball Roundup
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Fairfield’s Lady Eagles ran past the Van Lady Vandals 56-37 to win the championship of the annual Roundball Roundup girls basketball tournament at Eustace Saturday.
Tyler’s T.K. Gorman Lady Crusaders defeated the Grand Saline Lady Indians 56-39 to take third place in the tournament, while Tyler’s All-Saints Lady Trojans won the consolation trophy by defeating Alba-Golden 34-21.
Cross Roads’ Lady Bobcats took fifth place with a 38-29 win over Quitman.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Three Eustace Lady Bulldogs – Jaqlynn Bless (left), Jenny McConathy and Amber Perkins – struggle with a Quitman Lady Bulldog for control of a rebound during Eustace’s 57-35 loss to Quitman in the first round of the Roundball Roundup girls basketball tournament at Eustace Nov. 30.

The hosting Eustace Lady Bulldogs lost to Quitman, 57-35, in the first round, and fell to Alba-Golden, 53-43, in the second round.
Fairfield’s Troysetta McMillian was named the tournament MVP, hitting five 3-point baskets en route to a game-high 27 points against Van in the championship game.
The Lady Vandals had no answer for McMillian, as the Lady Eagles outscored Van 23-16 in the second half to pull away.
Van advanced to the championship game with a dominating first-round win over Alba-Golden, and knocked off Grand Saline in the second round, while Fairfield opened with a win over All-Saints and then stopped TKG in the second round.
In a first-round matchup of Lady Bulldogs, Quitman’s fast start enabled them to hold off any comeback attempt by hosting Eustace.
Quitman opened a 14-8 lead and padded their margin out to 18 points with an 18-6 run in the second quarter.
Quitman edged Eustace 14-10 in the third quarter and both teams scored 11 points each in the fourth quarter.
Cassie Freeman led Eustace with 15 points, and Jenny McConathy added nine.
In their second-round game, the Lady Bulldogs were done in by Alba-Golden’s T. Boyd, who scored 25 points, all but seven in the first half, when Alba-Golden took a 31-18 halftime lead.
Balanced scoring marked the Lady Bulldog effort, as Freeman again led Eustace with 11 points, while McConathy, Ashlie Phillips and Amber Perkins all scored seven points each.
Eustace was scheduled to host the LaPoynor Lady Flyers Tuesday. Starting Thursday (today), the Lady Bulldogs will begin play in the Great East Texas Shoot-Out tournament at Brownsboro.
Following a break next Tuesday, the Lady Bulldogs will play at the Grand Saline Lady Indian Invitational tournament next weekend, Dec. 13-15, before hosting Cross Roads and Van in back-to-back contests Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 17-18.

Area students place at LSHSRA rodeo
Monitor Staff Reports
TERRELL–Cedar Creek Lake area high school students competed at the 11th Lone Star High School Rodeo Association event Nov. 17 at Wade’s Arena in Terrell.
Josh McClintock of Kemp High School took third place in bareback.
Kelsie Busby of Mabank High School took second place in poles and Nicole Harrison of Kemp High School finished in seventh place in poles.
Marcus Emmons of Eustace High School took third place in calf roping and Dustin Jackson of Mabank High School received a no time.
Harrison also took ninth place in barrels, while Bethany Norman of Mabank High School finished 13th.
Emmons also took third place in boys ribbon roping and Jackson received a no time.
Jackson also received a no time in team roping, both as the header and the heeler.


Upcoming games

Girls basketball

Dec. 7
MHS @ Cross Roads
KHS @ Fairfield tourn.
EHS @ ET Shoot-Out

Dec. 11
MHS vs Wills Point
KHS @ Westwood

Dec. 14
MHS @ Quitman

Dec. 17
EHS vs Cross Roads

Dec. 18
MHS vs Spring Hill
KHS @ Quinlan
EHS vs Van

Dec. 20
KHS vs Edgewood

Dec. 27
EHS vs P.Westwood

Dec. 27-29
MHS @ Scurry-Rosser tnm.
KHS @ Scurry-Rosser tnm.

Dec. 28
EHS @ Cross Roads

Jan. 4
MHS @ Crandall*
KHS vs Ferris*
EHS vs Kaufman*
*District 13-3A contest
Boys basketball

Dec. 7
MHS vs Scurry-Rosser
KHS @ Fairfield tourn.
EHS @ ET Shoot-Out

Dec. 11
KHS @ Royse City
EHS vs Scurry-Rosser

Dec. 13-15
MHS @ Sabine tournament

Dec. 14
KHS @ Kerens
EHS vs Edgewood

Dec. 17
EHS @ Grand Saline

Dec. 18
MHS @ Canton

Dec. 20
KHS @ Wills Point

Dec. 21
EHS vs Brownsboro

Dec. 27-29
MHS @ Wagstaff Classic
(Tyler Junior College)
KHS @ Gatesville tourn.
EHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.

Jan. 4
KHS @ Palestine
EHS @ Trinidad