Feb

09

Panthers, Lady Panthers stop Mineola

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 9, 2013

Monitor Photo/Sam Epps Mabank Lady Panther Kaitlyn Holyfield (in white) struggles with a Mineola LadyYellowjacket for control of the ball Tuesday. Mabank defeated the visiting Lady Yellowjackets 46-36.

Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
Mabank Lady Panther Kaitlyn Holyfield (in white) struggles with a Mineola LadyYellowjacket for control of the ball Tuesday. Mabank defeated the visiting Lady Yellowjackets 46-36.

By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

MABANK–The Mabank Panthers and Lady Panthers stopped the powerful visiting Mineola Yellowjackets Tuesday, securing playoff spots no worse than second place in District 15-3A.
The Panthers boys’ team cruised to a 57-31 win, improving their record to a 22-7 overall record and a 7-1 district mark.
The Lady Panthers improved to 8-2 after defeating Mineola 46-36 in a huge comeback win.
The boys game was all Mabank from the beginning.
Mabank scored 13 points in the third period, while holding the normally strong Yellowjackets to just two points.
The Panthers added 19 points in the second period, but Mineola only scored six.
With a 24-point lead coming into the third period, Mabank continued pulling away by scoring 10 points in to Mineola’s five in the period.
Mineola showed a spark of life in the final period, outscoring Mabank 17-15.
Zach Dillon and David Marler both scored 17 points for the Panthers, while Garrett Graham scored eight, Parker Johannesen scored six and Dalton Burleson scored four points.
The Panthers hosted Brownsboro Friday to determine first place in the district.
“The playoff picture should be clearer after Friday night, but if we win (against Brownsboro) we win district,” Mabank head coach Tracy Carter said.
The playoff-bound Lady Panthers came back from an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat Mineola and securing their own playoff spot.
Mineola outscored the Mabank girls 10-8 in the first period and 9-3 in the second, seemingly in full control of the game.
Lady Panther head coach Ashleigh Weeaks lit a spark under her team at halftime, and they responded by scoring 21 points in the third period, while holding Mineola to 10.
In the fourth period, Mabank outdid Mineola 14-7 to secure the dramatic comeback win.
Kourtney Holyfield led the Lady Panther offense with 23 points, three assists and four defensive rebounds.
Hazel Puempel scored five points and had one assist, two offensive rebounds and a defensive rebound. Gabi Corder and Bailey Swain each scored four points for Mabank.

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