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Kemp girls win Venus title
Monitor Staff Reports
VENUS–The 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. KHSvsPalmer.jpg (146056 bytes)
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 Corsicana’s Lady Tigers Friday, Dec. 31, again opening with a 1 p.m. freshman match.
Monday, Jan. 3, the Lady ’Jackets will host Quinlan Ford’s 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 Ritterbach’s 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 couldn’t 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.
Ritterbach’s 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, four assists).
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 10 rebounds.
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 rebounds.
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 wasn’t 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
BROWNSBORO–Mabank’s 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 three-game slate.
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 two points.
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 contest.
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 crown
Monitor Staff Reports
FRANKSTON–After 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. EHSvsCrossRoads.jpg (149609 bytes)
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 wasn’t 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 hardware.
As in the game against Whitehouse, the Bulldogs ran up a big lead early and coasted to the victory.
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 All-Tournament Team.
Barina added 13, Bradburn had seven, Shutak six, Strickland four, Caldwell three and McCarter, Key and Lewis all scoring two points each.



Upcoming Events

Girls basketball

Dec. 17
MHS @ Canton
EHS vs Leon*

Dec. 16-18
KHS @ Grand Saline tourn.

Dec. 20
KHS vs Cross Roads
EHS @ Malakoff*

Dec. 21
KHS @ Westwood

Dec. 28-30
MHS @ Kaufman tourn.
EHS @ Quitman tourn.

Dec. 31
KHS @ Corsicana

(*district contest)

Boys basketball

Dec. 17
MHS idle
KHS @ Fairfield

Dec. 16-18
EHS @ Grand Saline tourn.

Dec. 20
KHS @ Miller Grove
EHS @ Malakoff*

Dec. 27-29
MHS @ Wagstaff Classic
(Tyler Junior College)

Dec. 27-28
KHS @ Kaufman tourn.

Dec. 28
EHS vs Fruitvale

(*district contest)

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