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Rockwall edges Panthers for
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MABANK–A poor third quarter led to a six-point loss for the Mabank
Panthers Saturday, as the Rockwall Yellowjackets edged the Panthers to
win the 11th annual Cedar Creek Lake Shoot-Out basketball tournament.
Now 4-4 on the season, the Panthers were scheduled to host fourth-ranked
(Class 2A) Sabine Tuesday night.
The Panthers will travel to Richardson’s J.J. Pearce High School Friday,
Dec. 11, for a 7 p.m. varsity contest, and will stay on the road
Tuesday, Dec. 15, when they visit Wills Point, with a 4:30 p.m. freshman
contest opening a three-game slate.
Next weekend, Dec. 17-19, the Panthers will travel to Liberty City for
the annual Sabine tournament before taking a holiday break.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
AT RIGHT: Mabank Panther senior Griffin Marshall (left) and sophomore
Jordan Allen (34) wrestle with Rockwall senior Luke Wardell during the
first quarter of the 11th annual Cedar Creek Shoot-Out championship game
Saturday. Marshall was charged with a foul on the play.
After Christmas, the Panthers will travel to the Tyler Junior College
campus to play in the Wagstaff Holiday Classic Monday through Wednesday,
Following another break, the Panthers will open District 15-4A play on
the road against the Terrell Tigers Tuesday, Jan. 5.
Mabank opened tournament play Dec. 3 with a 58-42 win over former
district foe Kaufman.
A 20-8 third-quarter run proved to be the key for the Panthers, who
broke open a tie game to take a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter.
Kaufman opened an early 16-14 lead behind nine points (including a pair
of 3-point baskets) from senior guard Taylor Marlar and five points
(including a trey) from senior forward J’Lil Herndon.
The Panthers countered with seven points (including a trey) from senior
guard Jacob Woodard and seven more from senior forward Tyler Fisher.
Fisher, Griffin Marshall, T.C. Greene and Tray Phillips all scored in
the second quarter to help tie the game at 28 by halftime, despite
Herndon’s efforts, as he scored eight of Kaufman’s 12 points.
Fisher (six points), Woodard (eight, including two treys) and Marshall
keyed the Panthers’ third-quarter run, and the Panthers held the Lions
to just six points in the fourth quarter to forge the final 16-point
Fisher ended with a team-high 21 points, with Woodard finishing with 17
(including four treys) and Marshall 11.
Phillips finished with four points, as Jordan Allen had three and Greene
finished with two points.
Herndon led the Lions with 21 points, but Marlar was the only other Lion
in double figures with 11.
In other first-round games, eventual tournament champion Rockwall eased
past Dallas Bryan Adams 57-51, Little Cypress-Mauriceville defeated
Hallsville 53-45 and Dallas Samuell edged Tyler’s T.K. Gorman 37-30.
Mabank faced Dallas Samuell in the second round, and cruised to a 67-38
The Panthers opened a five-point lead in the first quarter, but
outscored Samuell 28-12 over the middle two quarters to forge a 21-point
lead heading into the fourth quarter.
In the final stanza, the Panthers outscored the Spartans 19-11 behind
Greene, who scored eight of his 13 points (including 9-of-10 from the
free throw line) in the period.
Marshall led the Panthers with 17 points (including a trey), while
Fisher finished with 14.
Woodard added six points, James Burkhalter scored five, both Phillips
and Unterrious Toliver added four points each and both Matt Lowe and
Trey Fernandez scored two points each.
The Panthers took advantage of numerous Spartan fouls, hitting 28-of-42
(66.7 percent) at the charity stripe, while the Spartans hit 8-of-11
Samuell had one player foul out, but lost leading scorer Anthony Toney
to a pair of technical fouls in the first half.
In other second-round games, Rockwall vaulted into the championship game
by edging Little Cypress-Mauriceville 48-42, Bryan Adams eliminated
Hallsville with a 54-33 win and Kaufman eliminated T.K. Gorman with a
Mauriceville defeated Samuell 54-36 to take the tournament’s third-place
trophy, while Bryan Adams edged Kaufman 66-62 for the consolation
Mabank and Rockwall played fairly evenly in the first half of the
championship game, as Rockwall opened a 13-11 lead in the first quarter,
but Mabank came back to take a 31-28 halftime advantage.
The third quarter proved to be the key to the contest, as Rockwall
outscored the Panthers 17-7 behind six points (two treys) from Hunter
Jorgenson and six points from Taylor Oden.
Mabank got just two baskets (one a trey) from Marshall and one from
Fisher in the quarter.
The Panthers tried to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter, but were
stymied by Oden, who scored nine of his team-high 18 points on 9-of-10
shooting from the free throw line.
Fisher, who scored six points in the fourth quarter, led all scorers
with 19 points, while Marshall finished with 13, including a trio of
Woodard had eight points (including two treys) and Burkhalter had seven
points, with Toliver, Jordan Allen and Phillips all adding two points
In addition to Oden’s 18 points, the Yellowjackets got 13 (including
three treys) from Jorgenson, 11 from Griffin Frasier and nine points
from Carson Brooks.
KHS girls 3rd at S-R
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SCURRY-ROSSER–Kemp’s Lady Yellowjackets suffered their first loss of the
season in the second round of the annual Scurry-Rosser Wildcat
Invitational tournament Friday, but came back to capture third place
Now 8-1 on the season, the Lady ’Jackets were scheduled to host
Malakoff’s Lady Tigers Tuesday night.
The Lady ’Jackets are scheduled to play in the Venus Lady Bulldog
Invitational basketball tournament this weekend, opening Thursday
(today) before returning home to host the Italy Lady Gladiators Tuesday,
Dec. 15, with a 5 p.m. junior varsity match opening a two-game slate.
Saturday, Dec. 19, the Lady ’Jackets will travel to Lindale, with a
freshman contest opening a three-game slate at noon.
Kemp will return home to welcome Miller Grove for a 2 p.m. varsity game
Monday, Dec. 21, before taking a Christmas break.
At Scurry-Rosser, the Lady ’Jackets opened tournament play with a narrow
35-30 win over Class 4A Corsicana.
Although the Lady ’Jackets started cold, trailing 18-16 at halftime,
junior Michelle Ritterbach came out red-hot after intermission, scoring
all seven of the team’s points in the third quarter to forge a narrow
23-22 lead going into the fourth quarter.
In the final frame, the Kemp defense – fueled by steals from Ritterbach,
Amanda Lawrence and Brittany Simmons – helped the Lady ’Jackets outscore
Corsicana 12-8 to forge the final five-point margin.
“Shannon Shipp really stepped it up underneath, pulling down 10 rebounds
(six offensive) to go along with six points,” second-year head coach
Kent Smith reported.
Ritterbach led all scorers with 20 points, including a pair of 3-point
baskets, and also shut down Corsicana’s main scorer, Smith noted.
“(Ritterbach) played man defense on Ames during the first half, with
Brittany Simmons taking her in the second half,” Smith said. “Both girls
held Ames to only five points.”
In their second game of the opening round, the Lady ’Jackets knocked off
the No. 25 Class 2A team, Elysian Fields, 42-32.
Lawrence and Ritterbach both hit treys in the first quarter, but Elysian
Fields forced several turnovers in the second quarter to take a 16-12
lead at halftime.
Elysian Fields’ star player, Lilly Liles, capitalized on the turnovers,
scoring on several layups, Smith reported.
Again, the Lady ’Jackets came out on fire in the third quarter, with
Lawrence, Brandy Simmons and Brittany Simmons all converting steals into
layups to cut Elysian Fields’ lead to one point, 24-23, going into the
“Our press had caused several turnovers, and I told the girls we should
keep on our path,” Smith said. “But the girls surprised me with a strong
effort, and we took the lead almost immediately at the start of the
fourth, outscoring Elysian Fields 19-8.”
Brittany Simmons hit three treys in the second half, and almost shut out
Liles, who finished with just 13 points, about half of her average.
Shipp again had a strong game in the paint, pulling down 11 rebounds,
including six offensive.
In the second round of the tournament, the Lady ’Jackets suffered their
first loss of the season, falling to Dallas Life Oak Cliff 42-34.
“Oak Cliff had a dominate post, Chontiquah White, who had 23 points,”
Smith reported. “Our posts couldn’t match up with her, and she accounted
for more than half of their points.
“We also had trouble hitting from the outside, more than we’re used to,
hitting just two threes,” Smith added.
The Lady ’Jackets had the opportunity to tie the score late in the
fourth, trailing by three points, but a turnover and a resulting Oak
Cliff layup ended the threat, and Kemp never got that close again, Smith
In the third-place game Saturday, the Lady ’Jackets led throughout the
game, as they defeated Rose Hill Christian 49-40.
Smith reported the Lady ’Jackets were able to handle pressure better
than Rose Hill, because Rose Hill couldn’t match the Lady ’Jackets’
“Our outside shooting was dead on, as we hit eight threes out of 20
shots from beyond the arc,” Smith said.
Brandy Simmons, Brittany Simmons and Ritterbach all had treys in the
first quarter, and Brittany Simmons wound up hitting four of the six
treys she attempted.
As Rose Hill tried to press the Lady ’Jackets in the fourth quarter,
Ritterbach caught fire, scoring 11 of her 16 points in the final frame,
including two treys.
Brittany Simmons finished with 20 points, six assists and four steals,
while Ritterbach added three steals and six rebounds.
Ritterbach and Brittany Simmons were both named to the All-Tournament
Lady Bulldogs fall in
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EUSTACE–The hosting Eustace Lady Bulldogs fell in the third-place game
of their annual Roundball Roundup tournament Friday, falling to two
Palestine squads in the second and third rounds.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
AT LEFT: Eustace Lady Bulldog Allie Cass (2) battles with a Palestine
Westwood Lady Panther for control of a rebound during their first-round
game at Eustace's annual Roundball Roundup basketball tournament Dec. 3.
The Lady Bulldogs were scheduled to open play Thursday (today) in the
Fruitvale Lady Bobcat Invitational basketball tournament.
They will return home Tuesday, Dec. 15, to host Cross Roads, with a 5
p.m. junior varsity match scheduled to open a two-game slate.
That will be their final contest before taking a Christmas break, as the
Lady Bulldogs are scheduled to resume play on the road at the Great East
Texas Shoot-Out in Brownsboro Dec. 28-29.
Following another break, the Lady Bulldogs are scheduled to open
District 14-3A play at home against the Mineola Lady Yellowjackets
Friday, Jan. 8.
Last weekend, the Lady Bulldogs faced their junior varsity in the
opening round of the Roundball Roundup, and neither team got into the
20s as the varsity edged the JV with the clock steadily rolling.
In the second round, the Lady Bulldogs fell to eventual tournament
runner-up Palestine Westwood Lady Panthers, 43-23.
Icy shooting and unforced mistakes, coupled with a quicker Westwood team
(ranked No. 15 in Monday’s coaches’ poll), proved to be more than the
Lady Bulldogs could handle.
Both teams played fairly even in the first quarter, which ended with
Westwood up 14-12, but the Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Bulldogs
25-8 over the next two quarters to build a 19-point lead going into the
“We beat ourselves by making poor decisions on offense,” second-year
Eustace head coach DaLinda Cassell said afterward. “We could not make
our layups or chip shots, and we missed 10 of those throughout the
Allie Cass led the Lady Bulldogs with nine points, as Jenny McConathy
had five points, Ashlie Phillips four, both Vanessa Lopez and Megan
Renteria scored two points and Catania Grant added a free throw.
In the third-place game, the Lady Bulldogs faced the Palestine Lady
Wildcats, and gave up big first-quarter and fourth-quarter runs to lose
“We did a great job on their two best players, who together had only
five points,” Cassell said. “We still decide not to run our offense.
When we ran our offense in the second quarter, we scored 10 points and
held them to two points.”
Palestine opened a 17-3 lead before Eustace put together the
second-quarter run and cut the Lady Wildcats’ lead to six points by
The Lady Wildcats held off the Lady Bulldogs in the third quarter,
outscoring them 9-6 to take a nine-point lead into the fourth quarter.
In the final frame, the Lady Wildcats outscored Eustace 11-2 to forge
the final 18-point margin.
Phillips led the Lady Bulldogs with nine points, as Grant, Cass,
McConathy and Lopez all scored two points each.
Tyler’s T.K. Gorman, ranked No. 10 in large private schools in Monday’s
coaches’ poll, defeated Westwood in the championship game to win the
Quitman’s Lady Bulldogs took the consolation trophy with a win over
Fruitvale’s Lady Bobcats.
MHS vs Rowlett
KHS @ Venus tourn.
EHS @ Fruitvale tourn.
MHS @ Lancaster*
KHS vs Italy
EHS vs Cross Roads
MHS vs West Mesquite*
KHS @ Lindale
KHS vs Miller Grove
MHS @ Kaufman tourn.
KHS @ Gatesville tourn.
EHS @ Brownsboro tourn.
KHS @ ET Shoot-Out
EHS @ Frankston tourn.
MHS @ Richardson Pierce
MHS @ Wills Point
KHS @ Palestine
EHS vs Grand Saline
MHS @ Sabine tourn.
KHS @ Athens tourn.
EHS @ Grand Saline tourn.
KHS vs Fairfield
KHS vs Miller Grove
MHS @ Wagstaff Classic
KHS @ Kaufman tourn.
EHS @ Fruitvale
EHS vs Kemp (boys only)
MHS girls @ Greenville (scr)
MHS girls vs NForney (scr)
EHS b&g vs Ferris
EHS hosts tournament
(KHS, MHS boys)
MHS g @ Mt. Pleasant trn.