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looking to return to the playoffs
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Going into District 15-4A competition, the Mabank Lady Panthers
have seen some ups and downs under new coach Cody Christenberry.
Because the Lady Panthers were so young last year, Christenberry has all
five starters back from a team that grabbed the third-place berth in
last year’s 3A district.
This year, the Lady Panthers are in a 4A district, so almost no one
expects them to compete, much less secure a playoff berth – no one
except Christenberry and the girls themselves.
Five seniors are among the 12 players on the roster this year, led by
point guard and sparkplug Chelsey Dillon.
Other starters returning are senior post Lauren Hamilton, junior wings
Ashley Hammack and Jeanice Mojica, and sophomore guard Sara Springer.
Mojica, like Springer, started as a freshman after being moved up from
the junior varsity late in the season (Springer moved up early last year
following serious injuries to now-departed guards Miranda Groom and
Mojica has occasionally put up some big numbers (31 points in the season
opener), while Dillon has been the Lady Panthers’ most consistent
scorer, racking up 14 points or more in seven of the nine games she has
After missing the season opener to run in the state cross country meet,
Dillon has also shown herself to be a lock-down defender, forcing
numerous turnovers through the Lady Panthers’ trapping defense.
“Chelsey is the leader of this team,” Christenberry said. “When they
(with Mojica) are both on their game together, we ought to be pretty
Springer has also shown an outside scoring touch, hitting a trio of
3-point baskets against both Palmer and Wills Point, but overall, the
Lady Panther shooting has been “streaky,” Christenberry said.
Consistency has been a problem early in the season, as the Lady Panthers
have looked great at times, and have lost focus at times.
“We’re starting to jell. We’ve been playing a lot better over the last
week and a half,” he said. “(Jeanice) has been down with an ankle
(injury), and she’s just now coming back.”
Senior Whitney Cathey is the other returning letterman. She is joined by
seniors Sarah Gilbert and Lynnsie Sims, along with junior Chelsea
Alldredge, and a trio of freshmen, Ashton Norman, Cheyenne Alldredge and
Norman has been a pleasant surprise, Christenberry said.
“She has not been intimidated, like a typical freshman,” he said. “She’s
been playing good defense.”
Christenberry (who came to Mabank from Rockwall) runs a different system
than David Brown, who left coaching to become an assistant principal
last year, but there are some similarities to Brown’s system.
“There’s been a little adjustment,” Christenberry said. “I think we’re
running the ball a lot more than they did last year.”
The Lady Panthers will open District 15-4A play at home against
Lancaster’s Lady Tigers Tuesday, Dec. 16.
“West Mesquite has been picked by everybody to be the favorite,”
Christenberry said. “They’ve been a consistent winner at the 4A level
for quite a while.”
The Lady Wranglers are led by a Division I recruit at point guard, he
“Lancaster has been a winner in the past, and (Mesquite) Poteet usually
plays people pretty tough,” he said. “They’ll all be athletic.”
Christenberry said he coached Forney’s players in junior high during a
stint there, but added he didn’t know much about either Terrell or Red
“There’s not going to be any ‘gimme’ games,” he said. “I have not seen
where we’re picked to do anything, but I expect better.”
Rains again, 79-40
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–A second-quarter run powered the Mabank Panthers past the
visiting Rains Wildcats Tuesday.
Monday, Dec. 15, the Panthers will host the Wills Point Tigers, with a
4:30 p.m. sub-varsity game opening the evening’s slate.
Next weekend, Dec. 18-20, Mabank’s boys will play in the annual Sabine
basketball tournament before taking a Christmas break.
The Panthers will return to action at the annual Wagstaff Holiday
Classic at Tyler Junior College Dec. 29-31.
Mabank will open District 15-4A play at home against Terrell Tuesday,
At home against Rains Tuesday, the Panthers didn’t shoot well, perhaps
recalling their Nov. 25 meeting with the Wildcats, which resulted in a
Rains stayed close in the first quarter, which ended with Mabank ahead
14-7, but the bigger and quicker Panthers began beating the Wildcats
down the floor on each possession during the second quarter and started
A 24-13 scoring edge in the second quarter gave the Panthers an 18-point
halftime lead, 38-20, and a 21-8 run in the third quarter gave Mabank a
commanding 59-28 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Jacob Woodard keyed the second-quarter run, hitting four 3-point baskets
en route to scoring 14 of his 17 points in the period.
Kolton Browning led all scorers with 20 points (including two treys) in
three quarters, while Trevor Peele added 13 points, all in the second
half, and Griffin Marshall had 11 points, all in the second and third
Cameron Tucker and Tray Phillips both scored four points each, while
Micky Pycha and Scott Hall had three points each. T.J. Dally and Tyler
Fisher added two points each.
Cameron Hoover was the only Wildcat two score in double figures with 10
KHS girls stop
Monitor Staff Reports
MALAKOFF–Kemp’s Lady Yellowjackets pulled away in the second half
Tuesday, defeating the hosting Malakoff Lady Tigers 48-33.
Now 5-6 on the season, the Lady Yellowjackets were scheduled to play in
the Edgewood Invitational basketball tournament this weekend.
Tuesday, the Lady ’Jackets return home to host Italy, opening with a 5
p.m. sub-varsity game, and Friday, Dec. 19, Kemp will host the Lindale
Lady Eagles, again opening at 5 p.m.
Following the Christmas break, Kemp’s girls will play in the Kaufman
Holiday Classic tournament Dec. 29-31, and will host Palestine Westwood
in their final non-district game Tuesday, Jan. 6.
The Lady ’Jackets will open District 14-3A play on the road against Van
Friday, Jan. 9.
At Malakoff Tuesday night, the Lady ’Jackets started slow, but picked up
in the second quarter when their outside shots began falling.
The Lady ’Jackets outscored the Lady Tigers 12-4 in the second quarter
to take a four-point halftime lead, 21-17.
In the second half, the Lady ’Jackets held the Lady Tigers to 16 points.
Michelle Ritterbach hit an NBA 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Kemp a
13-point lead, 38-25, going into the fourth quarter.
In the final frame, Kemp outscored Malakoff 10-8 to forge the final
Ritterbach led the Lady ’Jackets with 13 points (including three treys)
and four steals, while Shelbie Wright added 10 points and both Chelsey
Mulvaney and Shannon Shipp (nine rebounds) scored eight points each.
Meagan Lacy had a strong all-around game, scoring six points, grabbing
six rebounds and four steals, as well as blocking three shots, while
Amanda Lawrence scored two points and grabbed three steals, with
Brittany Simmons adding a free throw.
The Lady ’Jackets also notched one win at the Scurry-Rosser tournament
last weekend, beating the Rockwall junior varsity 34-28.
Kemp outscored Rockwall 15-8 in the fourth quarter to break open a
Lacy and Brandy Simmons scored eight points each to lead the Lady
Ritterbach finished with seven points, while Wright had four, both
Brittany Simmons and Lawrence scored three points and Shipp added a free
Lawrence also had three steals, while Shipp added nine rebounds.
MHS vs Lancaster*
KHS vs Italy
EHS @ Cross Roads
EHS @ Grand Saline
MHS @ West Mesquite*
KHS vs Lindale
MHS @ Kaufman tourn.
KHS @ Kaufman tourn.
EHS @ Brownsboro
MHS @ Terrell*
MHS vs Red Oak*
KHS @ Van*
EHS @ Mineola*
MHS vs Wills Point
EHS vs Grand Saline
MHS @ Sabine tourn.
EHS @ Grand Saline tourn.
KHS @ Fairfield
EHS vs Athens
MHS @ Wagstaff Classic
(Tyler Junior College)
KHS @ Kaufman Tourney
EHS @ Grand Saline
MHS g @ Greenville
EHS b/g vs Ferris
MHS g vs Ennis
EHS b/g @ Kaufman