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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 weekend.
Now 3-7 on the season, the ’Jackets were scheduled to host Royse City Tuesday.
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 contest.
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 37-33.
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 the win.
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 rebounds.
“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 Carter said.
“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 involvement.

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 throw.
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.

Upcoming Games

Boys' Basketball

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. 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