Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : December 11, 2014

Monitor Photo/David Kapitan Kemp forward Noah Romero attempts to score a field goal Dec. 4 against Hawkins. Romero led the Yellowjackets in scoring for the game with 15 points.

Monitor Photo/David Kapitan
Kemp forward Noah Romero attempts to score a field goal Dec. 4 against Hawkins. Romero led the Yellowjackets in scoring for the game with 15 points.

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor

EDGEWOOD–The Kemp Yellowjackets basketball team went 2-2 in the Edgewood Tournament Dec. 4-6.
The ’Jackets lost to their first opponent, Hawkins, Dec. 4. Kemp had a small two-point lead going into the fourth quarter but were unable to hold on before falling 46-42. Top scorers for Kemp were Noah Romero, 15; Brandon Shipp, 11; David Becerra, five; Klayton Kent, five; David Dennis, two; Elijah Gardiner, two and Josiah Brewington, 2.
Kemp played two games Dec. 5 and they both turned out to be decisive victories for the Yellowjackets. Kemp jumped out to a 35-18 lead at halftime against Quinlan Ford and never looked back on their way to a 54-42 victory. Top scorers against Quinlan Ford were Elijah Gardiner with 23 points; David Dennis, nine; Klayton Kent, six; Noah Romero, five; David Becerra, five; Brandon Shipp, four and Jay Kohlmeier, two.
The Yellowjackets got on a win streak after their second game of the day, defeating the Kaufman Lions 54-48. Scoring was neck-and-neck all game, save the second quarter where Kemp built a 25-17 lead. That was all the opening they would need and held onto the lead the rest of the game. Top scorers for Kemp against Kaufman were Brandon Shipp, 16; Noah Romero, 14; David Dennis, eight; Klayton Kent, five; Josiah Brewington, four; Elijah Gardiner, three; Jay Kohlmeier, two and Kris Wrenn, two.
Kemp played its final game of the Edgewood Tournament Dec. 6 in the Consolation Bracket Final against a very good Red Oak Life squad.
The ’Jackets found themselves outmatched by the Mustangs and were outscored in every quarter on their way to a 49-30 loss. Kemp scoring included Brandon Shipp, eight; Elijah Gardiner, six; Noah Romero, five; Josiah Brewington, four; Klayton Kent, four; David Dennis, two and David Becerra, one.
After the 2-2 showing at the Edgewood Tournament, Kemp’s overall record stands at 3-4. After facing Cross Roads on the road Dec. 9, the Yellowjackets travel for another tournament Dec. 11-13, this time hosted by Rice.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : December 10, 2014

CROSS ROADS–A strong first half propelled the Kemp Yellowjackets to a 72-68 victory over the Cross Roads Bobcats Dec. 9.
Kemp came out of the gate with a slight lead, building up a one-point, 15-14 lead after the first quarter.
The Yellowjackets big quarter came in the second, outscoring Cross Roads 23-18 for a 38-32 lead at halftime.
For the rest of the game the Bobcats were clawing back into the contest. Cross Roads dropped the point margin by one in the third quarter, outscoring Kemp 18-17.
Kemp looked like they would cruise to a easy victory with five and a half minutes remaining in the fourth quarter when Elijah Gardner’s layup put the Yellowjackets up 61-50.
After that, Cross Roads was able to go on an 18-10 run and continue to cut the deficit all the way to 71-68 with only 12 seconds remaining.
Following a Cross Roads foul, Kemp guard David Dennis sealed the Yellowjackets victory by hitting 1 of 2 free throws.
Scorers were: Brandon Shipp 15, David Dennis 11, Noah Romero nine, David Becerra eight, Jay Kohlmeier eight, Elijah Gardiner eight, Klayton Kent seven, Josiah Brewington five and Kris Wrenn one.
The win lifts the Yellowjackets to an even 4-4 record. They will host Quinlan Ford at home Dec. 16 after traveling to Rice for a tournament Dec. 11-13.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : December 7, 2014

Courtesy Photo/Art Locke The Eustace Lady Bulldogs defeat the Fruitvale Bobcats 42-38 Dec. 2.

Courtesy Photo/Art Locke
The Eustace Lady Bulldogs defeat the Fruitvale Bobcats 42-38 Dec. 2.

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor

EUSTACE–The Eustace Lady Bulldogs used the momentum from a stellar fourth quarter Dec. 2 to defeat the visiting Fruitvale Bobcats 42-38.
The Lady Bulldogs and Lady Bobcats began the game matching each other point for point. Both teams scored six points in the first quarter, followed by Fruitvale taking a one-point lead to end the second quarter, 15-14.
The Lady ’Cats came out of the locker room in the third quarter and began distancing itself from Eustace on the scoreboard. Fruitvale scored 12 points in the third quarter, nearly doubling its total from the first half. The Lady ’Dogs kept scoring at about the same rate, managing seven points. After the solid third quarter, Fruitvale led 27-21.
With their backs against the wall, the Eustace Lady Bulldogs came on the court and played their best basketball. While Fruitvale’s stellar third quarter nearly matched its scoring output in the first half, Eustace’s comeback fourth quarter saw a doubling of points from the first three quarters.
The Lady Bulldogs played an uptempo game, scoring 21 points and allowing 11 to defeat the Fruitvale Lady Bobcats 42-38.
Leading scorers for Eustace were Grace Holcombe, 14 points; Gabi Quarter, eight points; Taylor Peebles, six points; Zoey Bailey, four points; Karen Kawthom, two points; Carly Copeland, one point and Kelsey Contraz, one point.
The Lady Bulldogs hoped to take the momentum from the victory over Fruitvale into the Tournament at Kirk Gymnasium in Eustace Thursday-Saturday. Results from the Eustace Tournament will be in the Dec. 11 edition of The Monitor.