Jan

11

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 11, 2017

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Monitor Staff Reports
WILLS POINT–The Mabank Lady Panthers scored the first 15 points of the game, all on three-pointers, to take a 20-3 first quarter lead. Mabank rolled to a 57-21 victory over Wills Point Jan. 6 at Wills Point High School gym. Senior Carson Marsh, senior Jill Odom and junior Kathryne German combined to sink five three-pointers in the first quarter, helping Mabank to a lead they would never relinquish. Marsh had six of her 12 points in the first quarter.
The Lady Panthers continued their onslaught, getting two three-pointers from senior guard Savannah Chapman in the second quarter and taking a 35-19 lead into halftime. German had five points in the quarter, scoring 11 or her 12 total points in the first half.
The Lady Panthers got going again defensively in the second half, holding Wills Point to just two points in the third quarter and holding the Lady Tigers scoreless in the fourth quarter. Mabank took a 51-21 lead into the final frame, as Chapman hit the third of her three three-pointers in the quarter. The Lady Panthers nailed eight total threes in the game.
The fourth quarter saw much of the same, as Wills Point could not get on the board in the final frame. Senior post Leigh Cunningham scored all four of her points in the final frame and sophomore Brianna Martin added a bucket to make the final 57-21.
The Lady Panthers were led by 12 points each from Marsh and German. Marsh also had seven steals and German seven rebounds. Chapman chipped in nine points, Odom had six points. Martin, Cunningham (seven boards) and junior Izzy Hardy each scored four points in the win. Chelsey Kirkland added two points for Mabank. Kylie Neighbors had two points and six rebounds.
The Lady Panthers will be in action at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 when they travel to Emory for a District 13-4A contest.

Jan

11

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 11, 2017

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Monitor Staff Reports
BULLARD–The Mabank Panthers held Bullard to just two points in the third quarter of a battle between the Panthers Jan. 6 at Bullard High School gym, propelling themselves to a 63-42 win. The game was close throughout the first quarter, as Bullard led going into the second quarter 14-13. Mabank took at 30-27 lead into halftime with the help of senior Cole Plunkett, who scored 14 of his 21 points in the first half.
The Panthers really stepped it up defensively in the decisive third-quarter in which they outscored Bullard by 15 points, and held them to just two points in the quarter. Senior Jordan Thomas scored 10 of his 16 points in the third quarter. Mabank took a 47-29 lead into the final frame after the huge third quarter.
Senior forward Tyrece Gray added nine points, while senior Jace Capehart and sophomore Caleb Dally each scored six points and dished out four assists in the game. Junior Noah Johnston finished with five points, while senior Collin Sims had five rebounds in the game.
The Panthers improve to 9-9 on the season and open District 13-4A play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 when they travel to Emory Rains.

Jan

06

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 6, 2017

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By Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The Mabank Panthers had things going their way throughout the first half and much of the third quarter. They had slowed the game down and forced Athens to play at a slower pace, but the Hornets just can’t be beaten right now. Mabank gave Athens all they could handle in its 62-47 loss Jan.3 at Mabank High School gymnasium.
Mabank scored the first five points of the game on a bucket by senior Collin Sims and a three-pointer by senior Cole Plunkett. Athens scored eight straight points to go up 8-5 with just over four minutes remaining in the quarter. The score was 9-7 Athens with just under two minutes to play in the quarter and stayed that way through the end of the period.
With Athens up 11-9 early in the second quarter, Plunkett hit a bucket to tie the game. Athens led 15-11 with just over four and a half minutes left in the half when senior guard Jordan Thomas hit a jumper to bring the Panthers to within two points.
Trailing 16-13 with under four minutes left, sophomore forward Matt McGee got to the rim for two straight baskets to put Mabank up by one. Athens came back with four consecutive points to go up by three with about a minute left in the half. Plunkett drained a three-pointer to tie the score and send the teams into the locker room for halftime at 20-20.
Down by three early in the third quarter, Mabank went back inside again. Sims scored twice by driving to the rim, putting Mabank up 26-25 with five and a half minutes left in the third.
After Athens once again took the lead, Thomas nailed a three to put the Panthers up by two points with just over four minutes left. Athens again came back to a two-point lead, but senior Jace Capehart hit another three-pointer to put the Panthers back on top.
After a Sims bucket put Mabank ahead 34-33 with two minutes remaining in the quarter, Athens went on 14-0 run spanning the end of the third and the beginning of the fourth quarters to take a commanding 47-34 lead. Capehart ended the scoring run with a three pointer with 5:16 remaining in the game. Athens started pressuring and running the court and took control of the game, getting the lead up to 15 points with just over three minutes left.
Mabank was led in scoring by Plunkett, who scored 16 points. Capehart and Sims each added eight points, McGee had six points, Thomas added five points and senior Tyrece Gray chipped in two points in the game.
The Panthers will be back in action at 6:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9 when they host Fairfield.