Jan

20

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 20, 2017

By Blaine Clamon
Monitor Correspondent
KEMP–It has been a tough season for Kemp’s girls’ varsity basketball, but they always look forward to playing in front of the home crowd every chance they get. On Tuesday night at ’Jacket Gym, they hoped to tame the visiting Quitman Bulldogs.
The Lady Bulldogs began the game with senior Britney Walls sinking a 3-pointer as part of an opening 7-2 run for Quitman. The Lady Jackets would then settle in by responding with a 6-2 run of their own that included a buzzer-beating jump shot by senior Alyssa Fisher to make the score 9-8 in favor of Quitman after the 1st quarter.
In the 2nd quarter, Kemp sophomore Alicia Dennis made a jump shot to give the Lady Jackets their first lead of the night at 14-13, which was part of a 10-0 run to eventually take a 20-13 lead. Quitman would answer with a 3-pointer and senior Molly Tanner made one of two free throws to cut the deficit to 20-17, which was the smallest deficit that the Lady Bulldogs had for the rest of the game. Kemp took a 22-17 lead at halftime.
The 3rd quarter featured the Lady Jackets building momentum and pulling away from the Lady Bulldogs, building a 33-21 lead after Dennis made two free throws with 2:30 remaining. In response, Quitman capped off a 6-0 run to end the quarter and cut the Jacket lead to 33-27 as senior Shelby Smith made one of two free throws.
Kemp had their largest lead of the night at 40-27 with 5:59 remaining in regulation as senior Haylee Scott made an and-1 with a free throw to follow. Quitman would not go down without a fight in the 4th quarter. After the 13-point deficit, Quitman was able to put together one last 7-0 run to cut the Jacket lead to 40-34 with 2:30 remaining. But the Lady Bulldogs made one field goal in the last two-and-a-half minutes. In that time, Kemp would put the game out of reach by making three free throws, including a technical free throw by senior Mercedes Zapien, and escaping with a 43-36 win. It was a very impressive showing by both the Lady Jackets and Lady Bulldogs.
With the win, Kemp improves to 3–8 and 1–3 in district play.
The Lady Jackets return to action on Jan. 20 at Grand Saline to face the Lady Indians at 5 p.m. The Lady Bulldogs also resume play on Jan. 20, when they travel to Scurry-Rosser to play the Lady Wildcats at 6:30 p.m.
By Blaine Clamon
Monitor Correspondent
KEMP–Kemp’s varsity boys’ basketball team was coming off of a relaxing 72-24 win at home on Jan. 13 against the Eustace Bulldogs after dropping a thriller at Edgewood on Jan. 10, 61-60. The Yellowjackets looked to carry this momentum into their home matchup against the Quitman Bulldogs and reach .500 in district play. Playing a second straight home game, they would also have no problem against Quitman.
The Yellowjackets opened the game with a 6-0 lead. Quitman senior Jake Farmer was then fouled and made both free throws to make it a 6-2 Yellowjacket lead, which was the closest that the Bulldogs would be all night. Explosive offense and a well-focused defense allowed Kemp to dominate the time of possession, make key steals, and even force turnovers. After a 6-2 lead, Kemp would close out the first half on a 31-6 run for a 37-8 halftime lead. The second half would not be much different for the home team as the Yellowjackets continued to play stellar defense and shoot the ball well as they cruised to a second consecutive blowout win at home, 57-15.
Kane Johnson once again led the Yellowjackets in scoring, with 16 points on Tuesday night. Other notable scorers included Josiah Brewington with 11 points, Alec Cooper with 8, Boomer Irvin with 7, Junior Brooks with 5, and Cameron Clamon with 2. Garrett Taylor led Quitman with 5 points, while Jake Farmer had 3 and Wacey Warren had 4.
With the win, Kemp improves to 14–9 and 3–3 in district play, while Quitman falls to 12–11 and 3–3 in district. The Yellowjackets return to action on Jan. 20 at Grand Saline to face the Indians at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs also resume play on Jan. 20 at Scurry-Rosser to play the Wildcats at 7:30 p.m.

Jan

18

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 18, 2017

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACE–Who can stop Sydnee Wynn in girls 3A-District 12? Right now, nobody is.
Wynn continued her streak of dominating personal performances with 26 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 50-25 win against Kemp Jan. 13
Wynn, the 6-2 senior, is a top 3-A prospect and has already signed a letter of intent to play with the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio last November. The big game against Kemp came just one match after she dropped 31 points and pulled in 25 rebounds against Mineola Jan. 9. The University of the Incarnate Word currently plays in the Division II Southland Conference and will move up to Division I status next year when Wynn joins.
Even a player of Wynn’s great talent can’t take the win for Eustace alone. Supporting her and helping the Lady Bulldogs were Lily Sorrels with two points, three rebounds, one block and one steal; Zoie Bailey with seven points, two rebounds and four steals; Sadie Cates with two points; Payton Schwartz with one steal; Hana Abuhatub with five points and eight rebounds; Miranda Fontenot with five points, three rebounds and two steals; and Johnsynn Luckey with four points and three rebounds.
The Lady Bulldogs are back in action Jan. 20 at home against Edgewood, while Kemp gets back to it the same night in Grand Saline.

Jan

18

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 18, 2017

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–The Kemp Yellowjackets won the Highway 175 rivalry game in dominating fashion Jan. 13, defeating the Eustace Bulldogs 72-24 in Kemp.
The Yellowjackets sprinted to a 10-point lead in the first quarter, going up 16-6 and never looked back. The game got out of reach for the Bulldogs for good in the second quarter when Kemp outscored Eustace 20-8 to build a 36-14 halftime lead.
Kemp’s offense kept up the same blistering pace in the third quarter by putting up 23 points, while holding Eustace to just three. The scoring in the final quarter was 13-7 in Kemp’s favor for the 72-24 final score.
Eight Yellowjackets made the books in the scoring department, starting with Peyton Irvin’s game-high 16 points, followed by Alec Cooper and Kane Johnson’s 14 each. Next came Josiah Brewington with nine points, Cameron Clamon with eight, Darel Booker’s six, Austin Williams’ three, and Jaise Bowie’s two.
Eustace was led by Clifton Johnson with seven points, followed by Ethan Austin with six, Jason Losiewicz’s five points, Joey Harris’ five, and Tucker Reeve one.
The big Kemp win came after the Yellowjackets lost its previous two games by a combined three points.
Kemp lost to Scurry on Jan. 6 by the score of 53-51. In that game, Kemp fought back from a 34-22 half time deficit, nearly coming back to steal the win.
Leading scorers for Kemp were: Johnson, 15; Irvin, 9; Bowie, 7; Brewington, 7; Cooper, 6; Booker, 4; and Junior Brooks, 1. Scurry’s James Stephens had a game-high 18 points to help his team to the win.
The Yellowjackets lost a heartbreaker 61-60 to Edgewood Jan. 10 after building a 15-point lead in the first quarter.
Kemp was up 20-5 when the first quarter buzzer sounded but could not hold the lead.
Edgewood slowly chipped away from its deficit in the second quarter, outpacing Kemp 14-9 to bring the game in striking distance by halftime with the score 29-21. Edgewood took control in the third quarter after an impressive 24-11 quarter to take a 45-40 lead. Kemp fought back hard in the fourth quarter, but Edgewood took the game by a single point, 61-60.
Leading scorers for Kemp included Johnson, 20; Brewington, 20; Irvin. 9; Booker, 5; Alec Cooper, 4; and Bowie, 2. Edgewood was led by its power forward Trey Erwin with a game-high 30 points.
The Yellowjackets are back in action Jan. 20 when they hit to road to take on the Grand Saline Indians.