Sports and Outdoors


’Jackets fall at buzzer
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–In a bruising, tight contest, the Kemp Yellowjackets lost their home opener Tuesday to the visiting North Dallas Bulldogs, 50-49.
Now 1-5 on the season, the ’Jackets were scheduled to play in the Fairfield Invitational tournament this weekend.
Tuesday, Dec. 12, Kemp will host another set of Bulldogs from Royse City, with a 5 p.m. freshman contest opening a three-game slate.
Next Friday, Dec. 15, the ’Jackets will host Kerens, with a 5 p.m. junior varsity contest opening a two-game slate. Wednesday, Dec. 20, the ’Jackets will visit Wills Point, with freshman and JV games opening at 2:30 p.m., followed by a varsity game.
Against District 13-4A’s North Dallas, the ’Jackets fell behind early, but came back behind last year’s district MVP, Jacarri Culberson, who scored seven of his 13 points to help Kemp overcome an early 8-2 deficit.
Up 25-20 at halftime, the ’Jackets stretched their lead to eight points in the third quarter behind two 3-point baskets from Justin Gibson, but several unforced turnovers allowed the Bulldogs to close the gap in the fourth quarter.
The tall and athletic Bulldogs pulled within one point with 1:52 left, and the teams traded the lead.
With 18 seconds left, the Bulldogs rebounded a missed free throw by Desean Miles to give them the lead, and Gibson’s short jumper at the buzzer bounced around the rim and fell out.
“Great ballgame,” Kemp head coach Tracey Carter said. “I could not be more pleased with our effort.
“Each practice and game we’re improving, and that is what you want,” he added. “North Dallas was another big challenge for our team. The loss is tough, but our kids know it will only help them down the road.”
Gibson led the ’Jackets with 19 points, while Culberson finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds, three blocked shots and four assists.
Joseph Simmons added 12 points, including three treys, along with four assists, and Matt Brown added two points, six rebounds and three blocked shots.
Kevin Freeman scored two points and picked off five rebounds, while Josh Carr added a free throw.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp Yellowjacket senior Jacarri Culberson (left) battles North Dallas Bulldog Sheddrick Ferrell during the first half of Kemp’s one-point loss Tuesday. Ferrell blocked Culberson’s shot, but Culberson recovered the ball and powered over Ferrell for the basket.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
North Dallas guard Shelton Augustini (2) loses control of the ball under tight defensive pressure from Kemp senior Joseph Simmons (3) during Kemp’s one-point loss Tuesday.

Lady Panthers edge Cross Roads
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–After rolling up a 34-11 lead in three quarters, the Mabank Lady Panthers nearly let the Cross Roads Lady Bobcats back into the game before notching a 43-34 victory Tuesday.
Now 5-5 on the season, the Lady Panthers were scheduled to play in the Commerce Invitational tournament this weekend before staying on the road Tuesday, Dec. 12, for a visit to Wills Point. A 4:30 p.m. freshman contest opens a three-game slate.
Friday, Dec. 15, the Lady Panthers will host Quitman for a 6 p.m. contest (no sub-varsity games are scheduled), before going back on the road to Longview to face Spring Hill Monday, Dec. 18, with a 5 p.m. freshman contest opening a three-game slate.
Against Cross Roads, the much quicker Lady Panthers opened a 12-2 lead in the first quarter and stretched their lead to 15 points by halftime, 22-7.
After outscoring the Lady Bobcats 12-4 in the third period, the Lady Panther starters all sat down, and the Lady Bobcats began to catch fire against the Mabank subs.
The Mabank starters rejoined the contest with a couple of minutes left when Cross Roads cut the margin to 10 points.
Emily Tucker led the Lady Panthers with 11 points (including one 3-point basket), while Miranda Groom added 10 points, including one trey.
Kelsi Reynolds had eight points, including two treys, while Shadia Rueb scored six points, Blaire Hyde scored four points and Chelsea Dillon scored two points.
Cross Roads’ Chastity Prior scored 10 of her game-high 13 points in the fourth quarter, while Kiery Hannigan had nine points, four in the Lady Bobcats’ fourth-quarter run.
Bo Miller scored all five of her points in the fourth quarter, along with Kenzi Arnold, who scored four points.
Lindsey Cross scored two points and Misti Pierce added a free throw for Cross Roads.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Lady Panther junior Miranda Groom (left) drives the baseline against Cross Roads Lady Bobcat Kiery Hannigan during Mabank’s 43-34 victory Tuesday.


Upcoming Games

Boys' Basketball

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. 27-30
MHS @ Wagstaff Classic
(Tyler Junior College)
KHS @ Gatesville tourn.
EHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.

Girls' Basketball

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 Classic