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

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Monitor Staff Reports
PORT ARANSAS–The Mabank Panthers had a successful trip to the Gulf Coast, going 2-2 and taking second place at the Marlin tournament in Port Aransas Nov. 17-19.
The Panthers started the tournament with a tough matchup against the host Port Aransas Marlins, the 10th-ranked Class 2A team in the state.
Senior Jordan Thomas scored 25 points as the Panthers came away with an impressive 56-44 victory.
In the game, Collin Sims had nine points, Jace Capehart and Caleb Dally had seven points each. Cole Plunkett and Matt McGee scored four points in the win. Mabank Head Basketball Coach Tracy Carter was happy with the way his team came out ready to play. “They have a big athletic lineup. Fortunately, our defensive intensity was good tonight, and that was a major factor in our kids getting the win,” Carter said.
The Panthers’ next matchup got no easier, as they had to face Lipan, ranked first in the state in Class 1A.
The Panthers were only down by four at the half, but Lipan’s size eventually took its toll on Mabank, helping Indians beat the Panthers 54-35.
Saturday’s opening game for the Panthers continued the gauntlet of ranked teams, as Mabank had to play LaPoynor, the 20th-ranked team in Class 2A basketball. Down 35-27 at the half, the Panthers roared back behind a great defense, and Cole Plunkett’s 13 second half points to beat the Flyers. Plunkett led the team with 19 points in the game.
After a one-game break, Mabank drew San Antonio TMI. The Panthers raced out to a 23-14 lead, but TMI hit 15 three pointers in the game to take the win, 81-70.
Carter thought the games they played against the ranked teams will only help the Panthers. “Overall it was a good trip…we saw extremely good teams with great size and fundamentals…it will help us be better down the road.”
Seniors Jordan Thomas and Cole Plunkett were named to the All-Tournament Team. The Panthers will be in action on Nov. 29 when they host the Malakoff at Mabank High School gym.

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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.”