Eustace takes second at E.L. Kirk Memorial

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : December 5, 2012

Eustace vs Cross Roads girls basketball

Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
Eustace Lady Bulldog Alexis Cravey (with ball) struggles against two Cross Roads defenders as she looks for a pass. Eustace defeated Cross Roads, 41-27, at the inaugural E.L. Kirk Memorial basketball tournament.

By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

SUNNYVALE–The Mabank Panthers defeated the hosting Sunnyvale Raiders, 48-41, in the championship game of the Sunnyvale basketball tournament last weekend.
The win keeps the Panthers perfect with a 7-0 season record.
Mabank took an early lead against the Raiders Saturday, scoring 15 points to Sunnyvale’s eight points after the first period.
The second period was all defense, with the Raiders closing the gap by one point after outscoring Mabank, 9-8.
With a 23-17 lead at halftime, Mabank saw Sunnyvale’s offense spring to life, scoring 16 points, while the Raider defense held Mabank to nine points.
The scoring blitz by Sunnyvale gave the Raiders a narrow, 33-32, lead after three periods.
The Panthers responded with their own scoring assault in the fourth period. Mabank rattled off 16 points while holding Sunnyvale to eight points.
David Marler led the Panther offense with 26 points. Landon Marshall followed with 12 points, Garrett Graham scored 10 points, Taylor Willeford scored five and Austin Miller added four points.
To get to the championship game, the Panthers defeated Dallas Molina, 41-36, in the first round.
Mabank defeated a tough Paris team, 55-53, Friday.
Marler was named the tournament MVP.
He averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds per game.
Landon Marshall was named to All-Tournament team.
Mabank will compete in the Fairfield basketball tournament Dec. 6-8, and will travel to North Forney to face the Falcons Dec. 11.