Martins Mills, Lovejoy win
Great East Texas Shootout
By Sam Epps
BROWNSBORO–The Martins Mill Lady Mustangs won the girls bracket
and the Lovejoy Leopards took top honors in the boys bracket at
the annual Great East Texas Shootout basketball tournament last
One of the premier tournaments in East Texas, this year’s
tournament featured 50 teams playing on three different
There were 30 girls teams and 20 boys teams competing, including
teams from Kerens, Canton, Athens, Tyler, Gladewater, Van,
Jacksonville, Kaufman, Harmony, Rains, Palestine, and Pittsburg.
Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
Kemp Yellowjacket Brandon Stewart (23) moves the ball up the
court as a T.K. Gorman defender races beside him at the annual
Great East Texas Shootout basketball tournament last weekend.
Gorman defeated Kemp, 36-25.
The Mabank Panthers and the Kemp Yellowjackets were among
those at the tournament.
The Mabank Panthers began their tournament play by defeating
Tyler’s Grace Community, 66-56.
Mabank took a two-point, 17-15, lead after the first period, and
extended their lead to 33-22 by halftime.
The Panthers added three points to their advantage in the third
period, taking a 48-34 lead.
Grace’s offense sprang to life in the fourth period, scoring 22
points, but the Panther offense scored 18 points to maintain
their lead and secure the win.
Mabank’s David Marler led the Panther offense with 20 points
while Jordan Allen followed with 18 points.
Kemp began their tournament by facing the hosting Brownsboro
The game was a defensive struggle, with neither team breaking 40
points. Brownsboro won the contest, 39-19.
Kemp faced Gladewater bright and early the next morning in what
proved to be a more offensive contest. Gladewater slipped past
Kemp, winning 49-45.
Mabank’s Friday game pitted them against the Lovejoy Leopards,
and Lovejoy showed why they won the tournament.
Despite Mabank’s potent offense and stubborn defense, Lovejoy
won the contest, 78-51.
Lovejoy scored 26 points in the first period, and 20 points in
the fourth period.
The two periods in between were a tight game with both teams
scoring 18 points in the second period, and Lovejoy taking a
small, 14-9, advantage in the third period.
Panthers Landon Marshall and Allen both scored 14 points to lead
the Mabank offense, and Chris Newton scored 10 points.
Brandon Hatfield added eight points for Mabank.
Later that day, the Kemp Yellowjackets faced Tyler’s T.K. Gorman
It was another defensive showdown, with the Crusaders coming out
on top, 36-25.
On Saturday, Mabank faced a strong Cayuga team, and narrowly
slipped past the Wildcats, 40-38, for a chance to face the
Brownsboro Bears for a fifth place finish.
Against Brownsboro, Mabank’s offense scored 61 points, but the
Panther defense had no answer for a Brownsboro offense that
scored 80 points to win fifth place at the tournament.
To take the top spot, Lovejoy defeated Pittsburg, 76-49, and
After Mabank, the Leopards defeated Lindale to face the Bullard
Panthers in the championship game. Lovejoy defeated Bullard,
79-36, to win it all.
Gladewater took home the consolation prize for the boys after
gaining a win over Grace Community.
Lindale took third place after defeating Troup, 42-38.
In the girls bracket, the Martins Mill Lady Mustangs defeated
Gilmer, 50-22, and Whitehouse, 51-34.
The Lady ’Stangs then defeated Carthage, 67-31, and Bullard,
In the championship game, Martins Mill faced the Robert E. Lee
Lady Red Raiders, and won a commanding, 61-44, contest.
The Jacksonville Lady Indians took the consolation title after
defeating the Rains Lady Wildcats, 37-30.
Winnsboro defeated Bullard, 51-43, to take a third place finish.
The Mabank Panthers are set to host Palestine Friday, and will
compete at Tyler’s Wagstaff Classic basketball tournament Dec.
The Kemp Yellowjackets will host Fairfield Friday, and will
travel to Mexia Tuesday.
Lady Defeeters win Duncanville
The Tri-County Lady Defeeters U14 soccer team took first place
at the Duncanville Invitational Soccer Tournament Nov. 12-13.
Team members are Allison Matheson, Dannielle Sinclair, Kathleen
Yates, Kaitlynn Baker, Kristian White, Sierra Weber, Morgan
Lynn, Asst. Coach Donna Hopson, Nicole Whitten, Brittney Lee,
Carson Marsh, Kaylee Edwards, Gena Stotts, Brittany Tarwater,
Melinda Costilla, Brittni Anthony and Coach David Baker.