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MHS 3rd at CCL Shoot-Out
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank’s Panthers took third place in the 10th annual Cedar Creek Lake Shoot-Out basketball tournament Saturday.
Rockwall defeated Dallas Madison 59-56 in the championship game, while the Panther defeated Dallas Roosevelt 55-52 in the third-place game.
Dallas A.Maceo Smith took the consolation trophy with a narrow 50-49 win over Little Cypress-Mauriceville.
Mabank was scheduled to host the Rains Wildcats Tuesday before taking an open date Friday.
The Panthers will return to action Monday, Dec. 15, when they host the Wills Point Tigers, opening with a 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity contest.
That weekend, Dec. 18-20, the Panthers will travel to Sabine for an annual holiday tournament, and after the Christmas break, will travel to Tyler Junior College to compete in the annual Wagstaff Holiday Classic Dec. 29-31.
Hosting Mabank edged the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears 55-54 in the opening round of the CCL Shoot-Out Dec. 4.
The Panthers opened strong behind senior Kolton Browning (eight points) and Tray Phillips (six points), taking a 22-13 lead in the first quarter.
Mauriceville was able to cut that margin to seven points at halftime, and then outscored the Panthers 12-7 in the third quarter to pull within two, 41-39, going into the fourth quarter.
In the final frame, the Panthers turned to Browning, who scored 11 of his game-high 31 points in the period.
The Bears countered with Hunter Gonzales, who scored eight of his team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter before fouling out.
In addition to Browning’s 31, Phillips finished with 11, Jacob Woodard scored six points, Tyler Fisher had four points and Griffin Marshall had three (one trey).
In earlier first-round games, Rockwall knocked off A.Maceo Smith 57-54, Dallas Roosevelt crushed Tyler T.K. Gorman 58-32 and Dallas Madison stopped Hallsville 68-54.
In the second round, the Panthers and Madison’s Trojans went down to the wire before the Trojans edged the Panthers 68-65.
The Trojans opened strong, taking a 22-10 lead over the Panthers in the first quarter, but Mabank came back to outscore the Trojans 18-9 in the second quarter to pull within three, 31-28, by halftime.
Fisher keyed the run, scoring eight of his 20 points.
Both teams matched baskets in the second half, as the Trojans’ Desmond Flentroy scored 14 of his team-high 18 points in the second half and James Higgins scored all 12 of his points after intermission.
The Panthers countered with Fisher (10 points) and Phillips (six) and 15 from Browning, who hit 11-of-15 from the free-throw line in the second half.
Browning finished with 24 points and Fisher had 20, while Phillips had 15 and both Cameron Tucker and Marshall had three points each.
In the other second-round game in the championship bracket, Rockwall defeated Dallas Roosevelt 59-42 to advance to the title contest against Madison.
In the third-place game, the Panthers opened strong, taking a 22-10 lead, but then saw the Mustangs make a comeback behind some long-range shooting, with Carlton Biggers hitting two treys, and both DeCameron Kincade and Dominique Dixson adding 3-point baskets.
With a three-point halftime lead, the Panthers saw the Mustangs tie the contest at 41 going into the fourth quarter, as Browning had a so-so night at the free throw line, hitting just 5-of-10 during the third quarter.
In the final frame, the Panthers again turned to Browning, playing point guard, and he responded, scoring 11 of his game-high 31 points in the period, including 3-of-4 from the charity stripe.
Phillips knocked down 3-of-4 free throws in the quarter to provide the Panthers’ other points.
Kincade led the Trojans, hitting six of his team-high 21 points in the fourth quarter.
In addition to Browning’s 31, Philllips finished with 11, Woodard had six points (two treys), Fisher had four and Marshall had three (one trey).

Lady ’Dogs win consolation
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–The hosting Lady Bulldogs defeated Alba-Golden 39-34 Saturday to win the consolation trophy at the annual Roundball Roundup basketball tournament at Eustace High School.
The consolation trophy is believed to be the first basketball trophy collected by the Eustace girls in quite some time, at least several years, according to long-time Eustace boosters attending the tournament.
Tyler T.K. Gorman’s Lady Crusaders defeated the Van Lady Vandals 59-43 Saturday to win the annual Eustace tournament.
Palestine Westwood edged Tyler All Saints 48-44 to win the third-place game Saturday.
Tuesday, the Lady Bulldogs and the Eustace boys were scheduled to travel to LaPoynor for matchups against the Flyer boys and girls.
Starting Thursday (today), the Lady Bulldogs will travel to Mineola for the Lady Yellowjacket Invitational tournament.
Eustace will stay on the road for a while, as they visit Cross Roads at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, and then play in Grand Saline that Thursday.
Following a Christmas break, the Lady Bulldogs will visit Brownsboro to play in the annual Great East Texas Shoot-Out tournament Dec. 29-30.
Dec. 4, the Lady Bulldogs opened the first round of the Roundball Roundup with a 57-30 loss to the eventual tournament champion Lady Crusaders.
After an even first quarter, the Lady Crusaders outscored Eustace 18-8 in the second quarter to take a 10-point halftime lead.
The third quarter proved to be the key to the contest, as the Lady Bulldogs were held to a single Jessica McConathy basket, while Gorman scored 11 points to take a 19-point lead into the fourth quarter.
In the final frame, the Lady Crusaders outscored Eustace 18-10, despite two 3-point baskets from McConathy.
McConathy and Allie Cass both scored 12 points each to lead the Lady Bulldogs, with Cass adding eight rebounds and McConathy grabbing four steals.
Jenny McConathy scored four points, and grabbed seven rebounds and one steal, while Ashley Watkins added two points.
Eleven of the 12 Lady Crusaders scored, as Katheryn Huber led them with 13 points, with Brie Smith adding 10 and Sara Navarro nine.
In other first-round games, Van defeated Alba-Golden, All Saints defeated the Fairfield junior varsity, and Westwood defeated Cross Roads.
Opening the second round, the Lady Bulldogs defeated Cross Roads 41-30. It was believed to be the first win by the Eustace girls over the Lady Bobcats.
Eustace took control early, opening a 13-5 lead behind six points from Cass, and holding a six-point halftime edge, 18-12.
Cross Roads made a comeback in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 11-6 to pull within a point, 24-23, heading into the fourth quarter.
In the final frame, the Lady Bulldogs outscored Cross Roads 17-7 behind six points from Jenny McConathy and six from Cass, including 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
Cass led all scorers with 17 points, six rebounds and one steal, while Jenny McConathy had 12 points and eight rebounds.
Wing Vanessa Lopez had five points, while Jessica McConathy finished with four points, three rebounds and one steal.
Harmony Allen scored two points, while point guard Nicole McNeel added a free throw and collected six rebounds.
In the consolation game, the Alba-Golden Lady Panthers opened a 12-10 lead in the first quarter behind seven points (including a 3-point basket) from Courtney Johnson, while Jessica McConathy countered with two treys.
Eustace took control in the second quarter, holding the Lady Panthers to a single Johnson basket while Jessica McConathy added another trey.
The Lady Bulldogs made their four-point halftime lead stand up in the second half, matching the Lady Panthers point-for-point in the third quarter and taking a one-point edge in the fourth quarter to forge the final five-point margin.
Watkins keyed the fourth quarter, scoring eight of her nine points in the period, while Lopez scored all three of her points in the final frame. Their scoring offset a less-than-stellar showing by the Lady Bulldogs at the free throw line, as the team hit just 6-of-20 attempts for the game.
Jessica McConathy led the Lady Bulldogs with 15 points, while Jenny McConathy had six points, and Cass, McNeel and Allen all scored two points each.
Johnson led all scorers with 21 points, as Carroll Boffy had six points, Kenzie Spanko scored four and Morgan Wigington added three free throws.

MHS girls fall in OT at S-R
Monitor Staff Reports
SCURRY–Mabank’s Lady Panthers took second place in the fourth annual Scurry-Rosser Wildcat Booster Club Holiday Tournament last weekend, falling 64-59 to the hosting Wildcats in overtime.
Now 6-5 on the season, the Lady Panthers were scheduled to visit Ferris Tuesday night, and will continue on the road Friday, Dec. 12, when they visit the Commerce Lady Tigers, opening with a 5 p.m. sub-varsity game.
The Lady Panthers will open District 15-4A basketball play at home Tuesday, Dec. 16, when they host the Lancaster Lady Tigers, opening with a 6 p.m. sub-varsity contest.
Friday, Dec. 19, the Lady Panthers travel to West Mesquite for another district contest, again opening at 6 p.m.
Following a Christmas break, the Lady Panthers will play in the annual Kaufman Holiday Classic tournament Dec. 29-31 before resuming district play at Terrell Tuesday, Jan. 6.
Dec. 4, the Lady Panthers opened tournament play at Scurry-Rosser High School with a crushing 60-36 defeat of the Palmer Lady Bulldogs.
Mabank started strong, posting a 19-7 lead in the first quarter and outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 19-11 in the second period to take a 20-point halftime lead, 38-18.
The Lady Panthers added four points to the margin in the second half, outscoring Palmer 11-8 in the third quarter and 11-10 in the fourth.
Sophomore Sara Springer led the Lady Panthers with 19 points, with Chelsea Alldredge adding 14 and Chelsey Dillon 11 points.
The Lady Panthers also got nine points from Jeanice Mojica, five from Ashley Hammack and two points from Olivia Pannell.
In a second-round matchup against the Dallas Life Lady Bears, the Lady Panthers suffered through a horrible shooting night, but finally started pulling away in the fourth quarter.
Dallas Life took a 12-9 lead in the first quarter, but the Lady Panthers came back to pull within a point at halftime, 21-20.
In the third quarter, the Lady Panthers finally took the lead, outscoring the Lady Bears 15-12 to take a two-point lead into the fourth quarter.
During the final frame, the Lady Panthers’ edge in quickness and team speed finally began to take its toll on the Lady Bears. Mabank outscored the Lady Bears 25-12 to forge a 60-45 victory.
Dillon scored 19 points to lead the Lady Panthers, as both Alldredge and Springer scored 14 points each.
The Lady Panthers also got six points from Pannell, three points from Hammack and two points each from Mojica and Lauren Hamilton.
In the championship game, the Lady Panthers opened a 12-8 first-quarter lead on the hosting Lady Wildcats behind four points each from Dillon and Mojica.
Both teams scored 17 points in the second quarter, as Mojica hit a 3-point basket, and Dillon, Hammack and Alldredge each scored four points.
The Lady Wildcats countered with seven points from Michelle Jones and six from Kailey Wright, all from the free throw line (the Lady ’Cats hit 9-of-12 from the charity stripe in the period).
Mabank took a 39-30 lead in the third quarter in the foul-plagued contest, as the two teams combined for only three baskets, with the rest of the points coming at the free throw line.
The pace of the contest really slowed in the fourth quarter, as the Lady ’Cats outscored the Lady Panthers 21-11 to tie the contest at 50 at the end of regulation.
Scurry-Rosser hit 12-of-13 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter, with Jones hitting 6-of-6 to record eight points in the period. Wright added five points, including a 3-point basket.
In the overtime period, the Lady ‘Cats edged the Lady Panthers 15-11, hitting 9-of-13 from the charity stripe. Jones led the effort, scoring three baskets along with hitting 3-of-5 at the line.
Springer scored six of the Lady Panthers’ 11 points on a basket and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe, while Alldredge added four points.
For the game, Scurry-Rosser hit 37-of-47 free throw attempts, while Mabank hit 22-of-34. Hammack, Dillon, Mojica and Springer all fouled out.
Jones led all scorers with 29 points, as Wright finished with 15.
Dillon finished with 14 points to lead the Lady Panthers, with Alldredge and Hammack both scoring 10 points each.
Mojica and Cathey Whitney each scored nine points, while Pannell finished with three, and both Hamilton and Cheyenne Alldredge chipped in free throws.


Upcoming games

Girls Basketball

Dec. 12
MHS @ Commerce

Dec. 11-13
KHS @ Edgewood tourn.
EHS @ Mineola tourn.

Dec. 16
MHS vs Lancaster*
KHS vs Italy
EHS @ Cross Roads
*district contest

Boys Basketball

Dec. 11-13
KHS @ ET Shoot-Out
EHS @ ET Shoot-Out

Dec. 15
MHS vs Wills Point

Dec. 16
EHS vs Grand Saline

Dec. 18-20
MHS @ Sabine tourn.
EHS @ Grand Saline tourn.

Dec. 19
KHS @ Fairfield


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