Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Lady Panther Emily Tucker (20) passes to teammate Blaire Hyde
(42) around the defense of Cross Roads Lady Bobcat Kenzi Arnold during
the Lady Panthers’ win Dec. 5.
Kemp drops two at Fairfield
Monitor Staff Reports
FAIRFIELD–Kemp’s Yellowjackets fell in the
third-place game at the annual Fairfield Invitational tournament last
Now 3-7 on the season, the ’Jackets were scheduled to host Royse City
Friday, Dec. 15, the ’Jackets will host the Kerens Bobcats, with a 5
p.m. junior varsity game, followed by the Kemp girls facing Ennis St.
Johns, and the varsity boys game at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 20, the Kemp boys will travel to Wills Point, with
sub-varsity games set for 2:30 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. varsity
Following a Christmas break, the ’Jackets will play in the Gatesville
Invitational tournament Dec. 28-30.
Kemp opened the Fairfield tournament with a “sloppy” contest against the
hosting Fairfield Eagles split squad, and then faced a strong Marlin
Bulldogs squad in a bruising defensive battle, won by the ’Jackets
Strong and aggressive defense was the rule, as the ’Jackets opened a
narrow 7-4 lead in the first quarter and maintained their lead for the
rest of the game.
Sophomore Josh Carr (six points) hit two key baskets inside the final
two minutes to seal the victory.
Jacarri Culberson led the ’Jackets with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while
Kevin Freeman added seven points and seven rebounds.
In the next round, the ’Jackets and Palestine Wildcats went into
overtime before the Wildcats prevailed, 49-44.
Trailing by three to five points most of the game, the ’Jackets grabbed
momentum at the end of the third quarter, when Culberson grabbed a
rebound and nailed a 90-footer at the buzzer.
Kemp was up by three with 12 seconds to play when the Wildcats put
together a three-point play to tie the score at 42.
In the overtime period, the Wildcats outscored the ’Jackets 7-2 to grab
Joseph Simmons led the ’Jackets with 17 points and four steals, while
Culberson finished with 11 points and nine rebounds, and Justin Gibson
finished with 10 points and six rebounds.
In the third-place game, the ’Jackets faced a big, talented Crockett
Bulldogs squad and fell 66-50.
A run late in the second quarter gave the Bulldogs a six-point halftime
advantage, 28-22, and they outscored the ’Jackets 25-10 in the third
quarter to blow open the contest.
Kemp outscored the Bulldogs 18-13 in the fourth quarter to cut the final
margin to 16 points.
Kevin Freeman led the ’Jackets with 16 points and seven rebounds, while
Simmons had 14 points and Culberson finished with eight points and six
“We are proud of the team effort in the tournament, especially since we
were so out-matched in size by our opponents,” Kemp head coach Tracey
“We played without 6-4 starter Matt Brown (back injury) the entire
tournament,” he added. “Sophomore Josh Carr made some key plays for us.”
Senior point guard Simmons won the Tournament Scholarship, awarded by
the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, which goes to an individual with
outstanding academic and athletic achievements, as well as community
EHS girls fall at Brownsboro tourney
Monitor Staff Reports
BROWNSBORO–Eustace’s Lady Bulldogs fell twice to two different Lady
Wildcats teams in the opening round of the annual Great East Texas
Shoot-out basketball tournament in Brownsboro last weekend.
The Lady Bulldogs were scheduled to visit Bullard Tuesday, and Thursday
(today) were scheduled to begin play in the Trinity Valley Community
College tournament in Athens.
Next Monday, Dec. 18, the Lady Bulldogs will visit Cross Roads, with a 5
p.m. junior varsity contest opening a two-game slate.
Following a Christmas break, the Eustace girls are scheduled to play in
the Trinidad Christmas Classic tournament Dec. 28-29.
At Brownsboro, the Lady Bulldogs opened tournament play with a 54-30
loss to the Rains Lady Wildcats, following with a 46-21 loss to the
Whitehouse Lady Wildcats.
Against Rains, Eustace was outscored 30-7 in the first and third
quarters by the quicker Lady Wildcats.
Cassie Freeman led the Lady Bulldogs with 11 points, as Shelby Knight
scored seven points and Courtney Bearden had six.
Alyson Harlan was held to five points and Traci Garrett added a free
In the second game against Whitehouse, the Lady Bulldogs again fell
behind early, as Whitehouse outscored Eustace 24-15 in the first half
and then eased through a slow-paced second half.
Harlan led the Lady Bulldogs with 15 of their 21 points, as Christina
Lazard had four points and Knight scored two points.
MHS @ Sabine tourn.
KHS vs Kerens
EHS @ Edgewood
MHS vs Canton
EHS vs Grand Saline
KHS @ Wills Point
EHS @ Rusk
MHS @ Wagstaff Classic
(Tyler Junior College)
KHS @ Gatesville tourn.
EHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.
MHS vs Quitman
KHS vs Ennis St. Johns
MHS @ Spring Hill
EHS @ Cross Roads
KHS vs Wills Point
MHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.
KHS @ Kaufman tourn.
EHS @ Trinidad Classic