Posted by : February 26, 2015| On :
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The Mabank Panthers soccer team are still undefeated this season in district play after a 2-0 home victory against the Athens Hornets Feb. 20.
Junior Zach Massey and senior Chris Davis scored the goals for the Panthers to secure the win and first place in 4A District 15.
Mabank has completed the first round of district play with a 2-0-1 record and has two more matches against each team before the season is complete.
The Mabank Panthers soccer team is back in action Friday, Feb. 27 at home against Gladewater at 5:30 p.m.
Posted by : February 22, 2015| On :
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
MABANK–It took them until the last game of the regular season and the score was too close for comfort, but when the final buzzer sounded the Mabank Panthers basketball team secured their second district title in three years.
The Panthers claimed the title after holding off a fourth-quarter Ferris Yellowjackets comeback attempt, 66-59. Mabank held on in the fourth after building a sizable lead in the first and third quarters.
Mabank’s conquest began in a dominant first quarter, where Dalton Burleson led the team as an inside scoring threat, opening opportunities for Cole Smith’s sharp shooting to add points from behind the arc. Mabank led 21-12 after the first quarter of play. Slick passing from Elliot Jackson helped Mark Diskell score six points in the first half, but Ferris connected on three three-point shots to keep the Yellowjackets in the game, 35-26.
The Panthers nearly put the game away with a strong third quarter, outscoring the Yellowjackets 18-11 to build a 16-point, 53-37 lead. Burleson did the majority of the damage up front and Mabank’s victory looked squarely in hand. That’s when things started to get a little hairy for Mabank. Ferris couldn’t miss a shot.
In the fourth quarter, Ferris got hot from three-point arc and ran the ball well, converting on many points with a solid transition game. Mabank let its lead dwindle all the way to five with under a minute to remaining in the game, but the Jackson shut the door on Farris by nailing key free throws and a layup.
Head Coach and Athletic Director Tracy Carter was proud of the way the Panthers played.
“It was a tremendous effort from our team tonight,” he said. “They wanted the championship ball and showed grit in getting it done.”
The Panthers secured the 4A-District 13 title with a 6-2 record against district opponent’s Athens, Ferris, Crandall and Kaufman. Mabank’s overall record was 17-14 and started district play with winning percentage under .500.
“That just shows we had a hard pre-district schedule,” Carter said.
Burleson led Mabank with 27 points; Smith, 12; Jackson, 10; Jordan Thomasm 7; Peyton Lee 6 and Driskell, 6.
Mabank now sets its eyes on the post season. The Panthers will be matched up in the Bi-district against the winner of the Van/Emory Rains fourth-place tiebreaker match. The same is set Feb. 24 at Forney High School at 8 p.m. after the Wills Point/Ferris game at 6 p.m.
Posted by : February 19, 2015| On :
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
FORNEY–The Mabank Lady Panthers basketball season is over after they fell 41-34 to the Canton Lady Eagles in the bi-district round of the playoffs Feb. 16 in Forney.
Things initially looked very good for Mabank, as the Lady Panthers’ sharp shooting quickly built a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Mabank brought more pressure in the second quarter, as Head Coach Christie Shoulders implemented the full court press and kept Canton on its toes. Mabank was looking very good beating the Lady Eagles to loose balls and creating multiple Canton turnovers from bad passes. At halftime the Lady Panthers had a comfortable 24-15 lead.
Mabank got to the floor first after halftime and hoped to keep the game’s tempo and momentum in their favor. However, the Lady Panthers would take on the most difficult quarter of their entire season.
The third quarter was nothing short of a disaster for the Lady Panthers. Shot after shot went up and Mabank could not buy a bucket. Frustration was clearly setting in for the Mabank girls as they committed turnovers on simple inbound plays that was atypical of their usual skill. Canton continued to chip away at its deficit, until finally tying the game at 26 with 1:38 remaining. Overall, Canton’s outstanding quarter saw them score 18 points against the Lady Panthers, while holding Mabank to just two points to take a 33-26 lead. The Lady Panther welcomed the sound of the third quarter buzzer, regrouping on the sidelines.
Mabank fans got to see the competitive spirit of sophomore Carson Marsh in the fourth quarter. While her efforts weren’t ultimately enough to secure the Lady Panthers a victory, she put Mabank on her back and fought tooth and nail to get into the game.
With Mabank still reeling from the shocking third quarter, Marsh’s determined play inched the Lady Panthers to within four points of Canton. Marsh nailed a three-point shot to stop the bleeding and slow the Lady Eagles’ momentum. She followed it up with two perfect free throws to close the game to 38-34 with less than two minutes remaining. On the next possession, she came up with a big steal on defense and raced to score a basket in transition and was fouled. Marsh missed her first free throw and Canton took the rebound. Marsh would then foul out with less than a minute remaining with a game-high 17 points.
The Lady Eagles succeeded on three more free throws in the closing moments to ice the game 41-34.
The loss ends the Mabank girls’basketball season and matches up Canton against North Lamar in the Area Round of the playoffs this weekend.
Other scorers for Mabank include: Madison Holyfield, 11; Jill Odom, four and Brittni Anthony, two. All-District awards will be announced when all District 13 teams have been eliminated from the UIL state playoffs.