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girls win Venus title
Monitor Staff Reports
VENUSThe Kemp Lady Yellowjackets defended their championship title at the Venus
Invitational basketball tournament last weekend, going 3-0 by defeating Milford, hosting
Venus and Italy in the championship game.
Now 9-5 on the season, the Lady Jackets are scheduled to open play Thursday (today)
in the Grand Saline Lady Indian Invitational tournament.
Monday, Dec. 20, Kemp will host Cross Roads, with a junior varsity contest opening a
two-game slate at noon.
Tuesday, Dec. 21, the Lady Jackets will travel to Palestine for a non-district
matchup against the Westwood Lady Panthers, opening with a 1 p.m. freshman contest.
Following the Christmas break, Kemp will visit Corsicanas Lady Tigers Friday, Dec.
31, again opening with a 1 p.m. freshman match.
Monday, Jan. 3, the Lady Jackets will host Quinlan Fords Lady Panthers in
their final non-district game, and will open District 13-3A play at home Friday, Jan. 7,
against the Ferris Lady Yellowjackets.
During senior guard Michelle Ritterbachs three-week absence with an ankle injury,
junior Brianna Powell had to take on more of the scoring and playmaking duties.
That made it doubly tough for their Venus tournament opponents, who couldnt
concentrate on either without allowing the other to score. Both Powell and Ritterbach were
named co-MVPs for the tournament.
Kemp opened the tournament with a 66-32 win over Milford in a game that was essentially
over after the Lady Jackets opened a 28-6 lead in the first quarter.
Powell was hot from the perimeter, hitting two treys, enabling her to drive inside when
the defenders came out to challenge her.
Ritterbachs six first-quarter points all came from coast-to-coast layups off steals.
Powell led all scorers with 22 points (five 3-point baskets, five rebounds, five steals
and six assists), while Ritterbach finished with 19 (three treys, 10 rebounds, six steals,
Junior Kandace Rose almost had a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds, while
Lacie Henderson added eight points and five rebounds and Shannon Shipp had four points and
The hosting Venus Lady Bulldogs were the next victim, 48-30, as the Lady Jacket
starters rested the fourth quarter.
Venus tried to control Ritterbach with a box-and-one defense, but that left Powell open to
score 21 points (six treys, four steals and four assists) to lead all scorers. Ritterbach
still finished with a double-double 14 points (three treys), 10 rebounds, six
assists and four steals.
Rose had eight points and 11 rebounds while Shipp scored just two points but grabbed 12
The championship game against Italy was a rematch of the season opener, which the Lady
Gladiators dominated, but this time it was the Lady Jackets who prevailed, 49-44.
Italy opened an 8-5 lead, but quickly ran into turnover and foul problems, due to charges
and moving screens, and the Lady Jackets outscored them 17-12 to take a 22-20
halftime lead. That pattern continued in the second half.
In our first matchup with them, their big post used her size to force her way inside
for shots, Kemp coach Kent Smith said later. However, this time, the officials
did a great job of catching her charging and traveling on her first step, and she
wasnt as big a factor in the game.
Ritterbach again posted a double-double, with a game-high 18 points (one trey), 10
rebounds, six steals and five assists, while Powell forced a number of Italy fouls driving
inside, finishing with 10 points (hitting 6-of-9 at the free throw line), collecting five
rebounds and five steals to go along with seven assists.
Rose also posted another double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 14 rebounds, along
with two blocks, while Shipp had six points, 13 rebounds and three blocks.
MHS girls split at Shoot-Out
Monitor Staff Reports
BROWNSBOROMabanks Lady Panthers went 2-2 at the Great East Texas Shoot-Out
basketball tournament in Brownsboro last weekend.
The Lady Panthers were scheduled to host Wills Point Tuesday night before visiting Canton
for a non-district matchup Friday, Dec. 17, with a 4:30 p.m. freshman contest opening a
During the Christmas break, the Lady Panthers will play in the Kaufman Holiday Classic
Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 28-30.
The Lady Panthers will open District 13-3A play at home against the Kaufman Lady Lions
Friday, Jan. 7.
At Brownsboro, the Lady Panthers lost to a top-10 club, the Winnsboro Lady Raiders, before
bouncing back to defeat Gilmer and Tyler Grace Community, but wound up the tournament
losing to Jacksonville.
In the tournament opener (at 8 a.m. Dec. 9), the Lady Panthers ran into Winnsboro, losing
59-29 to the perennial regional favorites.
The Lady Raiders broke open a close game in the second half, outscoring Mabank 22-10 in
the third quarter and 16-6 in the fourth to take the 30-point victory.
Freshman Makenna Allen led the Lady Panthers with 12 points, with Kourtney Holyfield
adding six, Sara Springer four and Ashton Norman three, with Alex Brady and Olivia Pannell
adding two points each.
Brea Draper led Winnsboro with a game-high 18 points, as Amber Langhoff added 12.
The Lady Panthers rebounded to knock off the Gilmer Lady Buckeyes 56-30, holding Gilmer to
single-digit scoring in every quarter.
Mabank opened a 12-5 lead and stretched that margin to 16 points by halftime, 29-13. In
the second half, they outscored Gilmer 15-8 in the third quarter and 12-9 in the fourth.
Springer and Allen both scored 13 points to lead the Lady Panthers, with Pannell adding 12
points. Holyfield added eight and Norman six, with Brady and Natalie Torres each adding
Jasmine Jones led Gilmer with 13 points.
The Lady Panthers also had no problems with Grace Community, again opening a big
first-half lead, 34-14, and coasting through the second half, although they outscored the
Lady Cougars 13-2 in the fourth quarter.
Springer had a game-high 21 points to lead Mabank, with Allen adding 13. Cheyenne
Alldredge scored eight, both Holyfield and Torres had six points each, Molly Groom had
five and Norman had four.
Olivia Moharer was the only Lady Cougar in double figures with 11 points.
Against Jacksonville, the Lady Panthers fell behind early, and were never able to catch up
in a 50-38 loss. The Lady Indians opened a 17-7 lead in the first quarter, and were able
to maintain that lead, as the teams played pretty much even through the rest of the
Alldredge led the Lady panthers with 15 points, as Allen and Holyfield both had nine and
Norman had five points.
Brittany Giaccone had 12 to lead the Lady Indians, with Jasmine Parson adding 11.
Bulldogs capture consolation
Monitor Staff Reports
FRANKSTONAfter an opening-round loss to the hosting Indians, the Eustace Bulldogs
bounced back to win the consolation trophy at the Frankston Invitational basketball
tournament last weekend.
Eustace was scheduled to visit another set of Indians Tuesday night when they headed to
Grand Saline, and they will return there this weekend, opening play Thursday (today) in
the annual Indian Invitational at Grand Saline.
Monday, Dec. 20, the Bulldogs will open District 14-2A play on the road against the
Malakoff Tigers. Both the girls and boys will play district matches, opening with the
girls at 2 p.m.
At Frankston, the Bulldogs had very balanced scoring, but fell behind early against the
quicker Indians, who pulled away in the second half to secure a 53-31 victory.
The Indians opened a 16-7 lead in the first quarter, but the Bulldogs were able to cut the
margin to seven points at halftime, 25-18.
In the third quarter, however, the Indians outscored the Bulldogs 12-6 and then added a
second 16-7 bump in the fourth quarter to forge the final 22-point margin.
Seniors Braden Strickland and Addison Scott both scored six points each to lead the
Bulldogs, who also got five points each from Jacob McCarter and Chad Barina.
John Bradburn and Dalton Lewis both added three points for the Bulldogs, with Jajuane
Bennett scoring two and Stephen Ashton adding a free throw.
In the second round, the Bulldogs put together a strong outing against the Whitehouse
junior varsity, winning 67-55 in a game that wasnt that close.
Eustace opened a 15-4 lead in the first quarter, and followed that with a 20-10 run in the
third to take a 19-point lead, 50-31, into the fourth quarter.
In the final frame, Whitehouse came back, outscoring the Bulldogs 24-17, but were only
able to cut the final margin to 12 points.
Scott led the Bulldogs with 19 points, with Strickland adding 15 and newly arrived post
Raymond Shutak adding eight in his first extended action.
The Bulldogs also got seven points from Barina and six from Lewis, with Billy Key and
Ashton both scoring four, Taylor Caldwell scoring three and Bradburn two.
In the consolation trophy game, the Bulldogs handed Oakwood a 70-59 defeat to capture the
As in the game against Whitehouse, the Bulldogs ran up a big lead early and coasted to the
Eustace opened a 20-10 lead in the first quarter and added a 20-8 run in the second to
take a commanding 40-18 halftime lead.
In the second half, Oakwood started coming back, but they could only cut into the Bulldog
lead by three points, as Eustace still led by 19, 60-41, heading into the final frame.
Oakwood outscored Eustace 18-10 in the fourth quarter, but it was far too late, as the
Bulldogs won by 11.
Scott scored a career high 31 points, prompting tournament officials to name him to the
Barina added 13, Bradburn had seven, Shutak six, Strickland four, Caldwell three and
McCarter, Key and Lewis all scoring two points each.
MHS @ Canton
EHS vs Leon*
KHS @ Grand Saline tourn.
KHS vs Cross Roads
EHS @ Malakoff*
KHS @ Westwood
MHS @ Kaufman tourn.
EHS @ Quitman tourn.
KHS @ Corsicana
KHS @ Fairfield
EHS @ Grand Saline tourn.
KHS @ Miller Grove
EHS @ Malakoff*
MHS @ Wagstaff Classic
(Tyler Junior College)
KHS @ Kaufman tourn.
EHS vs Fruitvale