Next tourney Dec. 29-31
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
MABANK–The Palestine Wildcats were too much for the Mabank Panthers Dec. 19 at home, falling 51-37.
The loss drops Mabank’s record to 8-6 heading into the Paris Holiday Tournament Dec. 29-31. The Panthers begin District 13-4A play Jan. 9 at home against Canton.
Head Coach and Athletic Director Tracy Carter said that Palestine shot “extremely well,” throughout the game while Mabank was “not effective in scoring and didn’t take advantage of easy opportunities.”
Palestine led the whole game, beginning with a big first quarter opening a 13-7 lead. Mabank played much better in the second quarter, scoring a team game-high 13 points, but the defense still allowed 15 points to distance Palestine’s lead to 28-20.
The third quarter saw Mabank’s chance to make a comeback slip away. Palestine doubled its lead, scoring a game-high 19 points in the quarter while holding Mabank to just 11 to cement a 47-31 lead. Palestine slowed down the tempo in the fourth quarter, with Mabank scoring six points to the Wildcats six.
The win lifts Palestine’s record to 10-4.