Sports and Outdoors


’Jackets sting Bobcats
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Opening with a four-point play from senior guard Joseph Simmons, the hosting Kemp Yellowjackets went on to defeat the visiting Kerens Bobcats 55-41 in a non-district basketball game Friday.
Now 5-7 on the season, the ’Jackets were scheduled to visit Wills Point Wednesday.
Following a Christmas break, the ’Jackets will travel to Central Texas to play in the Gatesville Invitational tournament Dec. 28-30, and will stay on the road in the new year, visiting Kennedale Tuesday, Jan. 2, with a 5 p.m. freshman contest opening a three-game slate.
Friday, Jan. 5, the Kemp boys will host the Palestine Wildcats, again opening with a 5 p.m. freshman game, before going on the road again against the Canton Eagles Tuesday, Jan. 9, again opening with a 4:30 p.m. freshman game.
Kemp opens District 13-3A play on the road against Eustace Friday, Jan. 12.
Against Kerens, the ’Jackets fed off Simmons’ opening play, building an 11-2 lead, and maintaining an eight- to 10-point lead through the first half.
Kerens made a run in the third quarter, closing to eight points at 28-20, but Matt Brown’s dunk off a rebound sparked a 14-2 Kemp run.
During the run, the ’Jacket defense did not allow a Bobcat point during the last 5:31 of the quarter.
Although Kemp led by as much as 22 points in the fourth quarter, the Bobcats found their shooting touch, hitting four 3-point baskets to close the gap to just seven points at 48-41.
The ’Jackets responded by again clamping down on defense, not allowing a point in the final 3:28 of the game.
Jacarri Culberson led the ’Jackets with 21 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks, while Justin Gibson added 13 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Kevin Freeman added six points and four rebounds, while Brown finished with five points, six rebounds and one block.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kerens Bobcats Dedrick Tolliver (left) and Jody Gorden
foul Kemp senior Jacarri Culberson during the first half
of Kemp’s 55-41 non-district basketball victory Friday.

Panthers drop pair at Sabine
Monitor Staff Reports
LIBERTY CITY–Mabank’s Panthers dropped two games at the Carl Allen Invitational basketball tournament last weekend, following an opening-round win.
The Panthers were scheduled to host the Canton Eagles Tuesday.
Following a Christmas break, the Panthers will play in the annual Wagstaff Holiday Classic at Tyler Junior College Dec. 28-30.
After an open date, the Panthers will host the Brownsboro Bears in a rematch Tuesday, Jan. 9, with a 4:30 p.m. freshman contest opening a three-game slate.
Mabank will open District 13-3A play at home against Kaufman Friday, Jan. 12, opening with a 4:30 p.m. freshman game.
At Sabine High School, the Panthers opened tournament play with a 65-33 victory over New Diana’s Eagles.
A 23-13 second-quarter run blew open the contest, and the Panthers outscored the Eagles 26-9 in the second half.
Wayland Pharms led a very balanced Panther scoring attack with 17 points, as Haydon Blair had 12 points and both Kolton Browning and Mark McDonald added 10 points each.
In the second round, the Panthers ran into the Carthage Eagles, who took a quick eight-point lead in the first quarter, and held off any comeback attempt for a 61-50 victory.
Carthage managed to match the Panthers basket for basket in the second half, despite 16 points from Blair, 12 points from Jarred Batson and 10 points from Browning.
In the third place game, Brownsboro took a first-half lead and again held off the Panthers to notch a 66-61 victory.
The Bears opened a six-point lead in the first quarter, and a 22-16 run ballooned the Bear’s lead to 12 points by halftime, 36-24.
In the third quarter, the Panthers outscored the Bears 20-15 to climb within seven points, but in the final stanza, the Panthers were unable to get much closer, despite the Bears’ inability to hit free throws (they finished 14-of-31 from the charity stripe).
Pharms again led a very balanced attack with 17 points, as Batson and Barry Prather each had seven points.
Blair, Browning and Steven James all scored six points each, and L.T. Oliver added five.

Kemp girls stomp St. John’s
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Kemp’s Lady Yellowjackets blasted the visiting Ennis St. John’s Lady Crusaders 80-43 Friday.
Kemp’s girls were scheduled to host Wills Point Wednesday before taking a Christmas break.
Thursday, Dec. 28, the Lady ’Jackets are scheduled to begin play in the Kaufman Lady Lion Invitational basketball tournament.
Friday, Jan. 5, the Lady ’Jackets are scheduled to open District 13-3A play on the road at Ferris, with a 4:30 p.m. freshman contest opening a three-game slate.
Tuesday, Jan. 9, the Lady ’Jackets are scheduled to host the Mabank Lady Panthers, again opening with a 4:30 p.m. freshman game.
Against St. John’s, the Kemp girls enjoyed a big edge in quickness and dominated the boards.
The Lady ’Jackets opened a 19-6 lead in the first quarter and stretched their lead to 20 points, 36-16, by halftime.
In the second half, the Kemp girls maintained their lead, outscoring the Lady Crusaders 25-10 in the fourth quarter to forge the final 37-point lead.
Alex Valentine led the Lady ’Jackets with 21 points, nine in the fourth quarter, while Ashley Zellmer added 16, including a 3-point basket.
Amanda Lawrence also hit a 3-point basket en route to scoring 13 points, and Sarah Smith finished with 12 points.
Kate Donovan scored seven points, Ashley Darby had five points, and Brandy Simmons, Brittany Updike and Meagan Lacy all scored two points each.


Upcoming Games

Boys' Basketball

Dec. 27
EHS @ Rusk

Dec. 27-30
MHS @ Wagstaff Classic
(Tyler Junior College)
KHS @ Gatesville tourn.
EHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.

Jan. 2
KHS @ Kennedale
EHS @ Brownsboro

Jan. 5
MHS open
KHS vs Palestine
EHS @ Trinidad


Girls' Basketball

Dec. 28-30
MHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.
KHS @ Kaufman tourn.
EHS @ Trinidad Classic