By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
WILLS POINT–The Mabank Panthers ended its regular reason on a high note, defeating the Wills Point Tigers 53-44 on the road to secure second place in District 13-4A Feb. 10
The win lifts Mabank’s record to 18-13 overall and 7-2 in district play. Both of the Panthers district losses came by the hands of the first-place Brownsboro Bears. The win locks the Panthers into second place in the district and settles their Bi-District playoff opponent. Mabank will face the Pittsburg Pirates from District 14-4A. Time, date, and venue of the Bi-District matchup have yet to be finalized, but is tentatively set for Feb. 21 at 7:30p.m. at Tyler Junior College.
On Friday, Mabank found themselves in an early deficit against the Tigers, falling behind 16-12 after the first quarter. Mabank guard Jordan Thomas helped keep the Panthers in the game early on, scoring nine of his game-high 19 points in the first quarter. In the second quarter, some Panthers found themselves in foul trouble, but Matthew McGee, Ryan Lee and Seth Grimes came off the bench to spark Mabank and wipe away the Tiger lead. The Panthers held Wills Point to just three points in the quarter, and Tyrece Gray ended the first half with a 3-pointer to give the Panthers a 21-19 advantage at intermission.
The two teams played neck-and-neck in the third quarter, scoring 14 points apiece before Mabank came out rolling in the fourth, putting up 18 points offensively while holding Wills Point to just 11.
The third quarter scoring was dead even. In the fourth, the Panthers were able to gain a 10 point lead and hold on for a 53-44 win.
Scoring for the Panthers were: Jordan Thomas (19 points, three 3-pointers, three steals), Jace Capehart (nine points, three assists), Collin Sims (eight points, five rebounds), Caleb Dally (seven points, five rebounds), Cole Plunkett (five points), Tyrece Gray (three points), Matthew McGee (two points, three rebounds, two steals).
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By Erik Walsh
BROWNSBORO–The Mabank Lady Panthers are Region 4, District 13 champions after defeating the Brownsboro Bearettes 58-55 in overtime.
The win caps off a fantastic run through district play for Mabank (9-1) who saw its only loss come against Canton (8-2) in an away contest Jan. 27. After claiming the District 13 Championship, Mabank will travel to Spring Hill High School in Longview Feb. 14 to face the Liberty-Eylau Lady Leopards from Texarkana.
After gaining a seven-point, 17-10, lead in the first quarter against the Bearettes, Mabank started slipping. The Lady Panthers scored only six points the second quarter (to Brownsboro’s seven) and faced a deficit in the third quarter after getting outscored 17-7.
Down by four points, 34-30 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Lady Panthers fought back to tie the contest and force overtime. Mabank got the best of the Bearettes in extra time, scoring 10 points and holding Brownsboro to just seven to take the victory.
Newcomer Hannah Hudson came up huge for Mabank, scoring 21 points on 75 percent field goal shooting to go with 12 rebounds and three blocks. Kathryne German scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Bri Martin scored eight points and had rebounds. Also scoring for Mabank were Elizabeth Hardy (six points) and Carson Marsh (five points).
The Lady Panthers also won their previous game on Feb. 3 on the road against Van by the convincing score of 54-33.
In that contest, Mabank were led by Carson Marsh (15 points and five steals) and Hannah Hudson (eight points and seven blocks). Other scores were Bri Martin (eight points), Kathryne German (five points), Kylie Neighbors, Leigh Cunningham, Jill Odom (four points), Savannah Chapman and Elizabeth Hardy (three points).
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By Blaine Clamon
EUSTACE–As the hottest team in their district, Kemp’s varsity boys’ basketball continued their run to the postseason as they traveled to Eustace to visit their rival Bulldogs. Kemp beat Eustace at ‘Jacket Gym 72-24 on Jan. 13.
The Bulldogs scored the game’s first four points, courtesy of layups by sophomore Ethan Austin and junior Clinton Johnson. Kemp would go on a 12-2 run to take a 12-6 lead with 3:24 remaining in the first quarter. Thanks to a layup and jump shot by junior Kelly Ashton and Johnson respectively, Eustace cut the early lead to 12-10 with 1:23 left. The Yellowjackets would answer back and close the quarter with a 15-12 lead.
After a 3-pointer by senior Alec Cooper early in the second quarter, Kemp had a 20-14 advantage at the 6:44 mark. For the next two minutes and twenty seconds, the Bulldogs responded with a 7-1 run, which was capped off by a 3-pointer, and tied the score at 21-21 with 4:22 left until halftime. Kemp took the lead at 25-21 with 1:31 remaining after four straight points from sophomore Boomer Irvin. Eustace then cut the lead to 25-24 after a 3-pointer from Austin. The Yellowjackets would take a 30-24 lead at halftime after scoring five straight points to close the first half.
With a 32-28 lead early in the third quarter, Kemp pulled off a 6-0 run to take a 38-28 advantage with 3:46 to go. With 1:59 remaining, a layup by Austin narrowed the lead to 40-34. Including four points from sophomore Darel Booker, the Yellowjackets outscored the Bulldogs 5-2 in order to take a 45-36 lead into the fourth quarter.
With 5:45 to play in the game, Kemp had its largest lead of the night at 51-39 thanks to two layups by senior Josiah Brewington and one by junior Kane Johnson. With 2:39 to go, following a 3-pointer by Austin, the lead was cut to 54-48. Cameron Clamon responded for Kemp with a layup for a 56-48 lead. With 1:18 remaining, Austin would cut the deficit back by six, 56-50, by making two free throws. But the Yellowjackets put together the final four points to win 60-50 at Eustace. Kemp has now won eight straight district games since losing at Edgewood.
For Kemp, the Yellowjackets had three double-digit scorers: Josiah Brewington with 14 points, Boomer Irvin with 12 and Kane Johnson with 11. Cameron Clamon and Junior Brooks had six points apiece while Jaise Bowie had four and Alec Cooper had three. The Bulldogs were led by Ethan Austin’s 16 points and Clifton Johnson’s 15 points. Also for Eustace, Kelly Ashton had six points and Tucker Reeve and Keylan Warren both had four.
Kemp resumes play at Quitman on Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Eustace returns to action on Feb. 14 when they head to Edgewood at 6:15 p.m.