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  Kemp girls keep rolling
Lady ’Jackets pull away in second half against Italy
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Riding another outstanding performance by junior Michelle Ritterbach, the Kemp Lady Yellowjackets came from behind in the second half to knock off the visiting Italy Lady Gladiators, 56-42, Tuesday.
Now 13-1 on the season, the Lady ’Jackets were scheduled to visit Lindale for a matchup against the 4A Lady Eagles Saturday afternoon, with a freshman contest opening a three-game slate at noon.
At 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, the Lady ’Jackets will host Miller Grove for a varsity contest before taking a Christmas break.
Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 28-30, the Kemp girls will play in the Gatesville tournament.
Saturday, Jan. 2, the Lady ’Jackets will visit Cross Roads, with a 1 p.m. junior varsity match opening a two-game slate. Tuesday, Jan. 5, Kemp’s girls will play their final non-district contest at Quinlan Ford High School, opening with a 6 p.m. junior varsity game.
Friday, Jan. 8, the Lady ’Jackets open District 14-3A play at home against the Van Lady Vandals.
Against Italy Tuesday, the Lady ’Jackets came out cold in the first half – except for Brandy Simmons, who scored five points (including a 3-point bucket) before having to leave the game following a collision on a scramble for a loose ball.
Italy took advantage of some defensive breakdowns to take an 18-12 lead in the first quarter, and still led by three points at halftime, 24-21.
“Coming out from halftime with a new attitude, we played more aggressively, pushing the ball up the court faster to take advantage of our speed,” Kemp head coach Kent Smith said.
That resulted in a quick 7-0 run to open the third quarter, aided by a few steals and a trey by Ritterbach, and the Lady ’Jackets led by three, 40-37, going into the fourth quarter.
In the final frame, the Lady ’Jackets continued to pull away, outscoring the Lady Gladiators 16-5 to forge the final 14-point margin.
“Ritterbach was all over the floor, scoring 26 points (hitting 8-of-16 from the floor and 2-of-6 behind the arc, plus 4-of-4 at the free throw line) and adding seven steals and five rebounds,” Smith reported.
Brittany Simmons had five points, but also had five assists and added another charge to her state-leading 12 charges in 14 games, Smith said.
Sophomore Kandace Rose took charge underneath, scoring seven points and grabbing seven rebounds, and Shelbie Wright added seven points and four rebounds.
The Lady ’Jackets finished with 16 steals, as Amanda Lawrence had four, Brittany Simmons three and both Briana Powell and Brandy Simmons each notched a steal to go with Ritterbach’s seven thefts.
“The girls once again showed great patience by making adjustments and stepping up their game to another level in order to overcome the other team’s efforts,” Smith said.

Bulldogs avenge early defeat
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–The Eustace Bulldogs avenged a season-opening loss by knocking off the visiting Grand Saline Indians 53-51 Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs were scheduled to play in the Grand Saline boys tournament this weekend before taking a Christmas break.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Bulldog Marcus Emmons (with ball) barely keeps his balance as he brings the ball upcourt against Grand Saline defender Taylor Phelps during the Bulldogs' narrow 53-51 win over the visiting Indians Tuesday.

Eustace will travel to Fruitvale for a non-district matchup with the Bobcats Tuesday, Dec. 29, with a 4 p.m. junior varsity contest opening a two-game slate.
Tuesday, Jan. 5, the Bulldogs will visit Cross Roads for a two-game slate, opening with a 5 p.m. JV game, and Friday, Jan. 8, the Bulldogs will host the Brownsboro Bears in their final non-district game.
Eustace will open District 14-3A play at home Friday, Jan. 15, against the Kemp Yellowjackets.
Against Grand Saline Tuesday, a big third quarter fueled a come-from-behind effort for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs started strong, opening a 16-12 lead in the first quarter, but then went ice-cold and suffered a streak of foul calls that prompted a protest from coach Chad Martinez, which drew a technical foul.
Down by seven points at halftime, 33-26, the Bulldogs came out on fire in the third quarter, putting together an 18-8 run to give them a three-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, 44-41.
In the final frame, the Bulldogs were able to hold off the Indians to take the narrow two-point victory.
Guy Hargrove and Blake Hammonds both scored 16 points to lead the Bulldog attack.
Trevan Johnson added seven points, Jacob McCarter six, Addison Scott five and Marcus Emmons had three points.
As balanced as the Bulldogs were, the Indians were even more balanced, as Kyle Keahey, Sam Joyce and Anthony Jackson all scored 11 points each and Taylor Phelps added 10 points.

Proper hydration still important in cooler weather
Special to The Monitor
COLLEGE STATION–You’re always advised to drink plenty of water, especially during the hot summer months, but chronic dehydration is a problem many of us have without even realizing it.
“For most people, chronic dehydration is just the way they feel all the time, so they don’t know what it feels like to be adequately hydrated,” said Marianne Grant, registered dietitian for the Texas A&M Health Science Center Coastal Bend Health Education Center.
“This is why symptoms such as late afternoon headaches, thirst, feeling tired or dizzy and constipation often get dismissed,” Grant said.
Grant recommends drinking at least 80 ounces (five pints) of water daily to keep adequately hydrated, which is actually 16 ounces more than the national dietary standard.
“The extra water can help flush all of the salt and sugars we eat on a daily basis that are so concentrated in the American diet,” Grant said.


Upcoming games

Girls basketball

Dec. 21
KHS vs Miller Grove

Dec. 28-30
MHS @ Kaufman tourn.
KHS @ Gatesville tourn.
EHS @ Brownsboro tourn.

Jan. 2
MHS open
KHS @ Cross Roads

Jan. 5
MHS vs Terrell*
KHS @ Quinlan Ford

Jan. 8
MHS @ Red Oak*
KHS vs Van*
EHS vs Mineola*

Jan. 11
MHS vs Mesquite Poteet*

Jan. 12
KHS vs Wills Point*
EHS @ Canton*

Jan. 15
MHS @ Forney*

Jan. 19
MHS vs Lancaster*
KHS vs Mineola*
EHS @ Wills Point*
(*District contest)
Boys basketball

Dec. 21
KHS vs Miller Grove

Dec. 28-29
MHS @ Wagstaff Classic
KHS @ Kaufman tourn.

Dec. 29
EHS @ Fruitvale

Jan. 5
MHS @ Terrell*
KHS vs Westwood
EHS @ Cross Roads

Jan. 8
MHS vs Red Oak*
EHS vs Brownsboro

Jan. 11
KHS @ Quinlan Ford

Jan. 12
MHS @ Mesquite Poteet*

Jan. 2
EHS vs Kemp (boys only)
MHS girls @ Greenville (scr)

Jan. 5
MHS girls vs NForney (scr)
EHS b&g vs Ferris

Jan 7-9
EHS hosts tournament
(KHS, MHS boys)
MHS g @ Mt. Pleasant trn.

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