By Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Although the Mabank Lady Panthers had trouble scoring, the defense stepped up to take care of business in a low-scoring 27-23 win against Crandall Dec. 6 at Mabank High School gym.
The way the Lady Panthers played the first quarter, it looked as if the game was going to be a blowout.
Junior guard Izzy Hardy got the Lady Panthers on the board first with a bucket at the 6:55 mark.
Less than a minute later, junior guard Kathryne German scored the first two of her nine points in the first period when she nailed a short jumper to make it 4-0.
Senior post Leigh Cunningham made it 6-0 and German added another bucket to make it 8-0 with 3:24 left. Crandall did not get on the board until they hit a shot with 3:11 left in the period. German nailed two more baskets and added a free-throw to give the Lady Panthers a 13-4 lead going into the second quarter.
In the second quarter, both defenses picked up the pace and would not allow the other to score.
The Lady Panthers scored their only bucket of the half on a three-pointer by Hardy with 1:24 remaining in the half.
The Mabank defense, however, was up to the task, holding Crandall to just four points in the quarter. Mabank led 16-8 at halftime.
The third quarter was much like the second, in that the two teams had trouble finding the basket. Crandall scored the first bucket of the quarter with 6:40 remaining.
The two defenses again took over as the Lady Panthers finally scored with 1:12 left in the quarter on a lay-up by sophomore guard Brianna Martin to extend their lead to 18-12. Crandall scored late in the period to make it 18-14 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Panthers found the range in the fourth quarter.
Cunningham made the score 20-14 on a basket with just over six minutes to go in the quarter. After a Crandall basket, Cunningham struck again with another basket to keep the lead at six points for the Lady Panthers. Leading 22-20 with 3:56 remaining in the game, German scored her 10th and 11th points of the game to stretch the lead to four. Crandall scored again to make it 24-22 with 1:49 remaining, but would only get one more point on a free-throw with 27 seconds remaining. Senior guard Carson Marsh added a free-throw to make it 25-22 and Cunningham would score again to make it 27-22.
The Lady Panther defense shut down Crandall from that point on.
German paced the Lady Panthers with 11 points. Cunningham added eight points and Hardy chipped in five points in the win. Martin had two points and Marsh added one point on the night.
The Lady Panthers will be traveling to Martin’s Mill to take on the Lady Mustangs at a time yet to be determined Tuesday Dec. 13.
Posted by : December 9, 2016| On :
By Rollin Hadsell
Posted by : December 7, 2016| On :
By Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Staff Writer
WACO–A clutch 30-yard field goal in overtime by sophomore kicker Evarardo Garcia in the cold rain that gave the Tigers a thrilling 37-34 state quarterfinals victory over Cameron Yoe Dec. 2 at Waco ISD Stadium. The kick also sent the third-ranked Tigers to the Class 3A Division 1 state semifinals where they will battle Yoakum for a spot in the state championship game. Malakoff and Yoakum will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at Darrel K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas. Yoakum upset fifth-ranked Halletsville 27-23 in the Region IV Final.
Garcia’s kick was made possible by a great defensive stand from the Tigers. Starting at the 25-yard line, Cameron Yoe could not manage a first down in their part of the overtime period, turning the ball over on downs to the Tigers. Malakoff drove to the 13-yard line, setting up Garcia for the game-winner.
Down 34-26 after a Cameron Yoe touchdown pass to Sicory Smith, the Tigers tied the game with a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Judd Miller to wide receiver Tyler Russell with 5:00 left in the game. Miller found Russell for the two-point conversion as well, tying the score at 34-34.
Cameron Yoe took possession after the touchdown, but Breashawn Williams intercepted a pass with 17 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
Miller started the scoring with a touchdown run on a quarterback draw from six yards out, giving the Tigers a 6-0 lead after the failed two-point conversion. Cameron Yoe tied the game with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Smith from Yoe quarterback Zack Andress. The extra point was wide left, keeping the game at 6-6 with about six minutes remaining in the quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Q.T. Barker caught a short pass in the flat from Miller, and raced 62 yards for a Tiger touchdown, giving the Tigers a 13-6 lead. The Tigers were given possession of the ball after the first of two Russell interceptions in the game.With just under six minutes remaining in the half, Andress hit Jordan Wells with a 42-yard touchdown pass to tie the score for the Yoemen.
The Tigers struck again with 4:56 remaining when Breashawn Williams took a handoff from Miller and got free on the Malakoff sideline for a 41-yard touchdown run. The Tigers went into halftime with a 20-13 lead.
Cameron Yoe took just over three minutes of the third quarter to tie the score. The Yoemen scored on a 3-yard touchdown run from freshman running back Nico Vargas to knot the score at 20-20.
After a fumbled kickoff by the Tigers, Yoe took possession and the lead on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Andress to Iverson Westbrook. Yoe led 27-20 after the successful extra point try. A big play helped the Tigers get to within a point just two minutes later.
After the Tigers were pinned back on their own five after a penalty and facing a third down and 18, Miller connected with JaQuaylon Hart for a 95-yard touchdown pass to cut the Yoe lead to 27-26. The score stayed that way into the fourth quarter, setting up the fireworks later in the period. Miller finished the night 12 of 25 for 292 yards with three touchdown passes, while carrying the ball nine times for 66 yards and another score. Williams had 72 yards on nine rushes, and added a touchdown.
Barker led the receiving corps with five catches for 136 yards and a touchdown, Hart caught two passes for 102 yards and a score, Russell had one catch for 20 yards and a touchdown and Williams had one catch for nine yards.
In the other quarterfinal games, Wall beat Brock, who was ranked first in the state in Class 3A. Mineola beat Pottsboro to set up the other state semifinal game.
The winner of the Wall vs. Mineola game will face the winner of the Malakoff vs. Yoakum game in the state championship game, which will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington at 8 pm. Thursday, Dec. 15
Posted by : December 7, 2016| On :
Monitor Staff Reports
BLOOMING GROVE–The Kemp Yellowjackets dominated Blooming Grove 88-47 in the championship game of the Blooming Grove tournament held Dec 1-3, going 6-0 in the tournament and taking first place.
Junior guard Kane Johnson and sophomore forward Peyton Irvin were named to the All-tournament team.
The ’Jackets offense was good all weekend, but in the championship game, the offense scored at least 20 points in every quarter, leading 48-20 at halftime to cruise to a 41-point victory.
The ’Jackets raced out to a 20-11 lead after one quarter of play. A 28-point second quarter put the game away for Kemp. In the third quarter, Kemp extended the lead to 35 points going to the fourth quarter.
Peyton Irvin led the ’Jackets with 26 points. Darrell Booker scored 14 points, Junior Brooks 12 and Ismael Morales nine points.
Cameron Clamon added eight points, Alec Cooper chipped in seven points, Kane Johnson added six, Austin Williams four and Josiah Brewington tallied two points in the win.
Earlier in the day, the ’Jackets trailed Italy at halftime 22-19, but came back to win with a good second half, beating the hosts 51-44. The ’Jackets took the lead by outscoring Italy 18-11 in the third quarter to take a 37-33 lead heading to the final frame.The ’Jackets were led with 15 points each by Irvin and Clamon. Johnson added 12 points, Jaise Bowie five points, Brewington had three points and Austin Williams added one point in the win.
On Friday, the ’Jackets won two more games, beating Palestine JV 72-57 and overwhelming Palmer 83-54. In the first game, Kemp outscored Palestine 27-7 in the second quarter to take a 37-17 halftime lead.
The score was tied at 10 after one quarter. The ’Jackets went up by 61-32 after three quarters and held on for a 15-point win after a furious rally by Palestine. Irvin led Kemp with 22 points. Bowie added 11 points, Brewington had nine, Cooper seven and Booker chipped in six points. Johnson and Brooks added five points each, Morales and Williams chipped in four points apiece and Clamon and Thompson each added one point.
In the win over Palmer Friday, the ’Jackets jumped on the Bulldogs early, leading 25-10 after one quarter. Kemp extended the lead to 45-26 at halftime and ran away with a 29-point win. Brewington led the ’Jackets in scoring, netting 26 points. Johnson added 15, Irvin 12 and Clamon nine. Cooper added eight points and Bowie chipped in six points. Thompson, Williams and Booker each added two points and Morales totaled one point in the victory.
The ’Jackets went 2-0 on the second day of the tournament, beating Whitney and Frost. In the Whitney game, Kemp jumped out early on the Wildcats, leading 13-3 after one period of play.
The ’Jackets led 27-14 at halftime, 45-28 after three quarters and won going away 56-34. Irvin led Kemp with 20 points, followed by Brewington with 12, Williams with seven, Cooper with five and Thompson with four. Johnson, Bowie, Brooks and Booker each had two points in the game.
In the second game for the ’Jackets Thursday, Kane Johnson scored 25 points to lead Kemp to a victory over Frost.
Leading by only two at 46-44 heading to the final quarter, the ’Jackets defense held Frost to just six points in the quarter, helping Kemp pull away for a 60-50 victory.
Irvin added 16 points, Williams seven, Brewington six and Cooper, Brooks and Booker each had two points.
The ’Jackets improve their season record to 6-3 and will be in action again at the Great East Texas Shootout Dec 8-10.