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 Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 320.95
Water Temperature:
na degrees - top
56 degrees - bottom




Lady Panthers nip Lady Tigers
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The injury-riddled Mabank Lady Panthers shook off a slow start to stun the visiting Wills Point Lady Tigers with a second-half comeback Tuesday, winning 45-42.
Now 8-5 on the season, the Lady Panthers were scheduled to visit Quitman Friday before returning home Tuesday, Dec. 18, to host Spring Hill, with a 5 p.m. freshman contest opening a three-game slate.
Following a Christmas break, the Lady Panthers will play in the Scurry-Rosser Invitational tournament Dec. 27-29.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Lady Panther junior Lauren Hamilton (left) and freshman Sara Springer trap Wills Point Lady Tiger Callie Zmolek (3) at mid-court during Mabank’s come-from-behind 45-42 win over the visiting Lady Tigers Tuesday.

The Lady Panthers have been hampered with the injury loss of both returning starters, seniors Kelsi Reynolds and Miranda Groom.
Of the two, Groom’s knee injury appears to be more serious, as she may be facing surgery and lost for the season. Reynolds is battling through a shoulder injury, and may be back in time for District 13-3A play.
“We’re so young, and with those two out, it’s hard for us to put 32 quality minutes together,” Lady Panther second-year coach David Brown reported.
Groom was averaging almost a triple-double each game in points, steals and rebounds, Brown said.
“Yeah, that hurts,” he added. “What we’re missing most with both of them is their leadership and experience.”
Brown was very pleased at the way the Lady Panthers rebounded after a lackluster first half against the Lady Tigers, who advanced to the regional quarterfinals last year and have most of that team back.
The key to the Lady Panthers’ win was defensive pressure in the second half, as they limited the Lady Tigers to no field goals in the fourth quarter and only three (one of them a 3-pointer by Jamie Thompson) in the third quarter.
It helped that Wills Point had a very poor night at the free throw line, hitting just 12-of-34 attempts (35 percent), including 5-of-18 in the fourth quarter.
Wills Point opened a 16-10 lead in the first quarter and outscored Mabank 10-5 in the second quarter to take an 11-point halftime lead, 26-15.
In the third quarter, however, the Lady Panthers opened a 20-11 run behind six points (including a trey) from Ashley Hammack, five points from Ashley Corter and four straight free throws from Chesley Dillon to pull within two points, 37-35, going into the fourth quarter.
In the final stanza, the Lady Panthers outscored Wills Point 10-5 to take the three-point victory, getting two baskets from Jeanice Mojica, who scored four of her six points in the quarter.
Dillon (who hit 6-of-6 at the free throw line) led the Lady Panthers with 12 points, as Corter ended with 10 points.
Hammack finished with eight points, Mojica had six, freshman Sara Springer had four points, Paige Howard and Lauren Hamilton had two points each and Chelsea Alldredge added a free throw.
Lauren Manning led Wills Point with nine points, while Kiambra White added seven.

Emmons, Busby 2nd at Canton rodeo
Monitor Staff Reports
CANTON–Area high school students competed in various events at the 12th Lone Star High School Rodeo Association rodeo of the season, held in Canton Dec. 1.
Marcus Emmons of Eustace High School took second place in calf roping and Dustin Jackson of Mabank High School received a no time.
Kelsie Busby of Mabank High School received a no time in steer undecorating.
Nicole Harrison of Kemp High School and Bethany Norman of Mabank High School both competed in barrels.
Josh McClintock of Kemp High School took third place in bareback.
Trevor Hamilton of Scurry High School took 11th place in chute dogging.
Emmons took fourth place and Jackson fifth in boys ribbon roping.
Busby took second place and Harrison 10th place in poles.
Jackson received no times in team roping as both the header and heeler.

Wildcats claw Bulldogs, 68-46
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–A lackluster showing by the hosting Eustace Bulldogs led to a 68-46 defeat by the Scurry-Rosser Wildcats Tuesday.
The Bulldogs were scheduled to travel to Edgewood Friday before returning home Thursday, Dec. 21, for a non-district matchup against the Brownsboro Bears, opening with a 4:30 p.m. freshman contest.
Following a Christmas break, the Bulldogs will play in the Scurry-Rosser Invitational basketball tournament Dec. 27-29.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Panther Griffin Marshall (30) puts up a shot while diving through the lane during the Panthers’ 78-72 win over visiting Scurry-Rosser Dec. 7.

Tuesday, the visiting Wildcats opened a 24-10 lead in the first quarter, and stretched their lead to 17 points by halftime, 37-20.
The Wildcats padded their lead out to 23 points going into the fourth quarter, and the Bulldogs were only able to cut the margin by one in the final stanza.
Jacob Horton led the Bulldogs with 14 points, while Johnny Lee added 12 points.
David Graves scored six points, David Allen had five, Zach Keeling four, Colten Thomsen and Russell Templeton both scored two points and Frankie Lopez added a free throw.
Brent Austin led Scurry-Rosser with 15 points, as Chad Wurmlinger added 11 and both Mike Jones and Xavier Pruitt each scored 10 points.

Upcoming games

Girls basketball

Dec. 17
EHS vs Cross Roads

Dec. 18
MHS vs Spring Hill
KHS @ Quinlan
EHS vs Van

Dec. 20
KHS vs Edgewood

Dec. 27
EHS vs P.Westwood

Dec. 27-29
MHS @ Scurry-Rosser tnm.
KHS @ Scurry-Rosser tnm.

Dec. 28
EHS @ Cross Roads

Jan. 4
MHS @ Crandall*
KHS vs Ferris*
EHS vs Kaufman*
*District 13-3A contest
Boys basketball

Dec. 17
EHS @ Grand Saline

Dec. 18
MHS @ Canton

Dec. 20
KHS @ Wills Point

Dec. 21
EHS vs Brownsboro

Dec. 27-29
MHS @ Wagstaff Classic
(Tyler Junior College)
KHS @ Gatesville tourn.
EHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.

Jan. 4
KHS @ Palestine
EHS @ Trinidad

Jan. 11
MHS @ Kaufman*
*District 13-3A contest