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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 24, 2016

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By Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–The Kemp Lady ’Jackets raced out to 19-1 lead after one quarter, and never looked back in their 44-7 victory over A+ Academy on Nov. 22.
The Lady ’Jackets continued their defensive intensity, leading 31-5 at halftime.
Nine players from the Lady ’Jackets had points in the first half.
With a running clock in the second half, the Lady ’Jackets got a three pointer from Alicia Dennis to start the third quarter to widen the lead to 34-5. After a free throw by the visitors, Haylee Scott added a basket for a 36-6 lead. Alyssa Fisher ended the quarter with a basket to make the score 38-7 at the end of three periods.
Jillian Smith started the fourth quarter off with a three pointer to extend the lead to 34 points at 41-7.
Kayla Gage added a basket, and Hannah Hosch hit a free throw to end the scoring in the game, with the Lady ’Jackets taking it 44-7.
Alyssa Fisher led the Lady ’Jackets in scoring with eight points. Autumn Brown had six points, Jillian Smith and Kayla Gage added five. Mercedes Zapien, Haylee Scott and Natalie Pate each scored four points in the game.
Alicia Dennis scored three points, Beca Galvez and Aleah Pruitt each tossed in two points, and Hannah Hosch added one point in the game.
The Lady ’Jackets improve to 3-3 on the season, and will be in action on Nov. 29 when they host Midlothian Heritage at 6 p.m. at Kemp High School gymnasium.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 22, 2016

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By Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Staff Writer
MESQUITE–Payton Costlow has continued her volleyball success after graduating from Mabank in 2016.
The former Lady Panther volleyball player continued her volleyball career at Eastfield College, a division three junior college in Mesquite.
Costlow and her teammates at Eastfield, ranked fourth in the country among D3 colleges, went undefeated this year in conference play (10-0). They also went undefeated in the conference tournament, earning Eastfield the title of Region 5 Champions. This championship earned Eastfield a spot in the National D3 Volleyball Tournament, held in Rochester, Minnesota.
At the national tournament, Eastfield finished third in the nation, bringing home a trophy for the first time in Eastfield College volleyball history.
Costlow was named to the Nationals All-Tournament team. Eastfield finished with a record of 26-5 this season.
Costlow received 2nd team all-conference this season and received all-tournament at the Carrington tournament played earlier this season. Costlow twice received MAC Player of the Week honors for her play.
Costlow, the Henderson County player of the year and honorable mention all-state selection, credits past coaches for her continued success. “I have been blessed with an amazing volleyball career starting from junior high to college,” Costlow said. “Coach Brown and Coach Shelton, head coaches for the Mabank volleyball program, are the main reason I have had these opportunities. I have always had a passion for volleyball, and these coaches allowed me to pursue that passion more and more with 100 percent support every step of the way.”
Costlow is the daughter of Julie and Paul Costlow, and her two brothers Zach and Cody also attended and graduated from Mabank.
She plans to attend Eastfield for one more volleyball season, then transfer to the University of North Texas to continue to pursue her education in social work.
When asked what it takes to be a great volleyball player, Costlow said setting goals is one important aspect, but not the only one. “It takes practice, passion and persistence. It really helps me to set personal and team goals at the beginning of the season and striving for those goals one day at a time,” Costlow said. “Being open to mistakes helps me grow as a player. I try to use all of the talent that God gave me in every practice and match.”
Costlow also credits her success in college to her present teammates. “Having great teammates that have my back and push me to do my best is a big part of the experience too. I’ve been fortunate enough to have had amazing teammates throughout high school, club, and my first year of college,” Costlow said. “The volleyball team for the 2016 season at Eastfield is a talented group of girls that loves the game and hates losing just as much as I do.”

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 22, 2016

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By Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Staff Writer
ITALY–The Eustace Lady Bulldogs fell to Blooming Grove 46-43, on Nov. 17 at the Italy tournament held at Italy High School’s Gladiator Coliseum.
The Lady Bulldogs tied the score at 43-43 with just 38.1 seconds remaining in the game, but Blooming Grove made three free throws late to take the win. Eustace had the ball with 2.1 seconds remaining, but their shot at the buzzer fell short.
Blooming Grove took the lead early in the game, leading 10-6 with 2:29 left in the first quarter.
The Lady Bulldogs cut the lead to 11-8 on a bucket by senior Sydnee Wynn, but Blooming Grove scored the last basket of the quarter to go up 13-8 at the end of one. That is all the scoring the Lady Lions would do for the next six minutes of the game however.
Wynn scored to make the score 13-10 just 15 seconds into the second quarter. A three-pointer by Zoie Bailey tied it at 13-13 with six minutes remaining in the quarter.
A basket and a free-throw by Miranda Fontenot gave the Lady Bulldogs the lead 16-13 with just over five minutes to go in the half. Another free throw by Johnsynn Luckey extended the lead to 17-13.
The Lady Lions finally scored their first points of the quarter with just over two minutes left, as they scored the next four to tie the score at 17-17. Wynn gave the Lady Bulldogs the lead again with 39 seconds left, and Fontenot ended the scoring in the half on a basket with five seconds remaining. The Lady Bulldogs took a 21-17 lead into halftime.
The third quarter belonged to Blooming Grove, as they scored the first eight of the first 10 points of the quarter to go up 25-23.
The Lady Bulldogs tied it at 25 all on a bucket by Fontenot with 3:25 remaining. Blooming Grove went on an 8-1 run over the next two minutes to take a 33-26 lead with just over a minute left in the quarter. Wynn hit a free-throw and then scored with 3.4 seconds left to draw the Lady Bulldogs to within 33-29 at the end of three quarters.
Wynn also started the fourth quarter with a basket to cut the lead to 33-31. After a Blooming Grove made shot, Wynn again scored to make it 35-33 with 7:12 left.
With 4:22 remaining, Madison Holbert and Lily Sorrels each scored to tie the score at 37-37 with exactly four minutes left in the game. The two teams traded buckets over the next minute and a half. Blooming Grove then went up 43-40 with 1:49 to go. Holbert made three of four free-throws over the next minute to tie it at 43 with 38 seconds remaining.
The Lady Bulldogs could not score again, eventually falling 46-43 to the Lady Lions.
Wynn led the Lady Bulldogs with 18 points. Fontenot added 11 points, Holbert chipped in six points, Bailey and Sorrels had three points each and Luckey added two points in the game.
The Lady Bulldogs will go on the road to face Kaufman on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m.