Sports and Outdoors


Panthers take second at 8th CCL Shoot-out
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–A. Maceo Smith’s Falcons edged the hosting Mabank Panthers, 66-55, Saturday to win the eighth annual Cedar Creek Lake Shoot-out basketball tournament.
Dallas Madson’s Trojans won the third place game, defeating the Jacksonville Indians, 80-62, while Dallas Pinkston’s Vikings won the consolation trophy over the Commerce Tigers, 62-53.
With Thursday’s scheduled games wiped out by bad weather, the tournament was compressed into two days, with the championship game coming after 9 p.m. Saturday.
Mabank reached the championship game by defeating Cross Roads, 72-43, in the first round, and stopping Jacksonville, 74-71, in the second round.
Smith opened the tournament with a 70-43 win over Palestine’s Wildcats, and followed that with an 87-80 win over Madison to reach the championship game.
In the other first-round game, Jacksonville defeated Commerce, 74-56.
Mabank was scheduled to host the Rains Wildcats Tuesday.
Next Tuesday, Dec. 12, the Panthers will host Terrell, with a 4:30 p.m. freshman contest opening a three-game slate.
Next weekend, Dec. 14-16, the Panthers will play in the Sabine Invitational tournament, before returning home to host the Canton Eagles Tuesday, Dec. 19.
Against Cross Roads in the tournament opener, the Panthers opened a 19-10 lead behind a couple of 3-point baskets by Wayland Pharms, and stretched their lead to 13 points by halftime, 37-24.
In the third quarter, the Panthers put the contest away with a 23-11 run, highlighted by a trio of 3-point baskets from Jarred Batson.
Batson led the Panthers with 25 points, while Kolton Browning finished with 13 points and Pharms had 12 points.
John Talley and Bradley Newland led Cross Roads with nine points each.
In the second round, the Panthers had to hold off a determined comeback from the Jacksonville Indians.
Mabank opened a 20-15 lead and stretched their lead to 10 points by halftime, 39-29.
In the third quarter, Jacksonville got back into the contest, outscoring the Panthers 24-14 to pull within a single point, 53-52, going into the fourth quarter.
The Panthers hit 8-of-12 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter, while Jacksonville hit just 3-of-9 attempts, as Mabank outscored Jacksonville 21-18 to secure the victory.
Browning led the Panthers with 24 points (including a trey), hitting all but two points after the first quarter.
Batson added 16 points, while Pharms had 10 and Barry Prather had eight points.
Joe Whitaker led Jacksonville with 24 points, while both Jay Jimenez and Jeremy Chappelle scored 12 points each.
The championship game turned out to be a tight contest, as the Falcons opened a 14-11 lead, and maintained a three-point edge at halftime, 27-24.
In the third quarter, both teams scored 19 points to leave Maceo continuing to hold a slim three-point margin going into the fourth quarter.
During the fourth quarter, the Falcons turned to Patrick Kilgore, who scored 11 of his 13 points in the period to give Maceo a 20-12 edge.
Browning led the Panthers with 18 points (including two treys), while Batson also had two treys in totalling 16 points, and Pharms scored 11 points.
Corey Bradley led the Falcons with 25 points.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Panthers Kolton Browning (left) and David Parry (right) battle with Cross Roads Bobcat Bradley Newland for control of a rebound during their first-round contest at the eighth annual Cedar Creek Lake Shoot-out Friday.

Kemp drops 2 at Quinlan
Monitor Staff Reports
QUINLAN–Kemp High School’s Yellowjackets dropped their opening two games at the Hoop Magic Tournament in Quinlan Friday.
Now 1-4 on the season, the ’Jackets were scheduled to host North Dallas Tuesday in their first home basketball game of the season.
Starting Thursday (today), the ’Jackets will travel to the Fairfield Invitational tournament. Next Tuesday, Dec. 12, Kemp will host Royse City, with a 5 p.m. freshman contest opening a three-game slate.
In their initial second-round game, the ’Jackets ran into the District 9-3A Princeton Panthers, the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year, and fell 43-29.
Princeton is again state-ranked, fundamentally sound and has great size, Kemp coach Tracy Carter reported.
The Panthers opened a 9-0 lead on the ’Jackets, but a 13-point spurt fueled by Joseph Simmons (who finished with 19 points, hitting 5-of-8 from 3-point range) closed the gap to six points, 25-19, at halftime.
Kemp made it a four-point game midway through the third quarter, but lost post Jacarri Culberson when he picked up his fourth foul.
Princeton went on a 5-0 run and swished an 80-footer at the buzzer. Kemp never recovered, Carter said.
In addition to Simmons’ 19 points, Kevin Freeman had 10 points and five rebounds, while Culberson finished with six points and four rebounds.
In their second game, the ’Jackets dropped a 53-47 nail-biter in overtime to Tyler All-Saints.
Once again, the ’Jackets fell behind early, 14-5, but came back to outscore All-Saints 23-9 in the second quarter, and led by as much as eight in the third quarter.
“Their size hurt us on the boards,” Carter noted. “Unforced turnovers hurt us in the fourth period and in overtime.”
Regulation time ended with the teams tied at 45-45, but in the overtime, All-Saints outscored Kemp 8-2.
Culberson led the ’Jackets with 21 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots, while Simmons added 12 points and Justin Gibson scored 10 points and handed out six assists.

Fairfield wins Eustace girls tournament
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Fairfield’s Lady Eagles defeated the Van Lady Vandals, 46-33, Saturday to win the Eustace High School Roundball Roundup basketball tournament.
Eustace opened the tournament with a 23-19 win over Alba-Golden, but then dropped two straight to fall out of the tournament bracket.
The Lady Bulldogs were scheduled to face No. 16 LaPoynor on the road Tuesday before beginning play Thursday (today) in the Great East Texas Shoot-out tournament at Brownsboro.
Eustace will stay on the road, as they visit Bullard Tuesday, Dec. 12, with a 5 p.m. junior varsity contest opening a two-game slate. The Lady Bulldogs will follow that with a trip to Athens for the Trinity Valley Community College tournament Dec. 14-16.
In the tournament opener, hosting Eustace outscored Alba-Golden’s Lady Panthers 10-6 in the middle two quarters to take the narrow four-point victory.
Alyson Harlan led the Lady Bulldogs with nine points, as Rebekah Walter had six, Shelby Knight and Traci Garrett each scored three points, and Courtney Bearden scored two points.
Quinlan-Ford’s Lady Panthers handed the Lady Bulldogs a 27-18 defeat, holding Eustace scoreless in the first period as they opened a 19-6 halftime advantage.
Both teams played fairly even in the third quarter, and Eustace outscored the Lady Panthers 7-2 in the fourth quarter to cut the final margin to nine points.
Harlan and Walter both scored six points for the Lady Bulldogs, while Cassie Freeman added three points, Alyssa Cox had two and Knight one.
Malakoff’s Lady Tigers eliminated the Lady Bulldogs from the tournament with a 41-30 victory.
Malakoff opened a three-point lead in the first quarter and expanded that lead to six points by halftime, 19-13.
In the third quarter, the Lady Tigers added five points to their lead and both teams matched baskets in the fourth quarter.
Freeman led the Lady Bulldogs with 14 points, as Walter had five points.
Knight, Bearden and Garrett all scored three points each, and Christina Lazard added two points.
Janice Richardson and Amber Smith each scored nine points to lead Malakoff.
Malakoff later lost the third-place contest to Quinlan, 51-29.
Quinlan blew open a tight game by outscoring the Lady Tigers 25-13 in the middle two quarters.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace’s Alyssa Cox (10) heads upcourt with Malakoff Lady Tiger Ka’Mecia Walker in pursuit during the Roundball Roundup basketball tournament at Eustace High School Friday.

Upcoming Games

Boys' Basketball

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. 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.