Jan

20

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 20, 2016

Stormy Luckey

Monitor Photo/Ryan Moulds
Eustace guard Stormy Luckey handles the ball under the basket while defended by a Malakoff Lady Tiger.

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACE–The Eustace Lady Bulldogs played hard and had built up a nine point halftime lead in their Jan. 11 game against Malakoff but the Lady Tigers showed why they are the number 12 team in the state and came back to beat Eustace 43-41.
“They played with more intensity in the second half than we did,” Eustace Coach Lloyd Mahaffey said. “This team is tough and will be able to get refocused. They understand what their task is. We did a great job tonight even though we ended up on the short end. These kids are playing their hearts out and I’m very proud of them.”
“Malakoff came out more aggressive than we expected in the second half,” Eustace senior Kelsey Conteras said. “We have come a long away since last year. We just need to keep a positive mind set and we’ll be fine.”
Both teams came into the game with a 5-0 district record. Malakoff was the preseason favorite to win the district while Eustace was trying to rebound from only winning three district games a year ago.
Eustace controlled things to start the game. They outscored Malakoff 11-7 in the first quarter with star post player Sydnee Wynn hitting a layup at the first quarter buzzer.
Eustace continued to extend their lead in the second quarter. Wynn had another layup to make the score 17-9. Malakoff called timeout after the basket. Wynn got into foul trouble late and sat out the last four minutes of the first half. Despite not having their best player, Eustace still held a 23-14 lead at halftime.
Malakoff came out ready to play in the third quarter and started to cut into the Eustace lead. The lead was cut down to 33-30 on a layup by Jalie Dawson but Madison Holbert hit a layup for Eustace to put them up 35-30 going into the fourth quarter.
Both teams continued to fight in the fourth quarter until Malakoff finally took their first lead on a layup by Dawson with 1:44 left. It was the last basket of the game and the game winner for the Lady Tigers.
“Malakoff moved the ball a lot more in the second half,” Wynn said. “We did everything that we could but just came up short. We have to let this game go and come in tomorrow like this never happened.”
“We need to keep up our intensity in the second half.” Eustace senior Gabi Corder said. “They came out in the second half shooting hot and we were never able to recover. Words can’t describe how proud I am of this team and how far we have come since last year. We are leaving a legacy at Eustace High School.”
Dawson finished with 17 points to lead all players. Wynn scored 15 to lead Eustace before fouling out with under a minute to go.
Malakoff moves to 19-3 and 6-0 in district with the win. They control their own destiny for the district championship. Eustace falls to 14-7 and 5-1 in district.

Jan

20

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 20, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP– The Kemp Yellowjackets won big 72-34 over Palmer in their Jan. 12 district matchup.
“We came out a little too flat for my taste but we improved as the game went on,” Kemp coach Jordan Bedford said. “The third quarter when we scored 29 points was the biggest thing. We ran the floor well and we were very active on defense in forcing turnovers. We have a young team with a lot of potential and it was good to get a lot of guys on the floor tonight to give them expirence moving forward into the future.”
One of those players who got time on the court was Justin Glass, also affectionately known as “Kip” by his fellow students and teammates. Glass played int he fourth quarter after not seeing any action in a district game all season. “It was fun to get some action out there tonight since I’m usually on the bench,” Glass said. “I’m just glad to support my team in any way that I can. We started a little slow but started speeding things up after halftime. All in all, I think this was a great victory for us.”
The Yellowjackets started off a bit slow but they were still able to jump out to a 13-7 lead going into the second quarter. After that, Kemp never trailed and pushed their lead to 27-13 at halftime.
The third quater helped the Yellowjackets put the game away. They scored 29 points while holding Palmer to only 10. Kemp began the fourth quarter with the reserves in the game and still outscored Palmer 16-11 to win by 38 points.
“We played as a team and did what we needed to do to win,” KEmp point guard Brandon Shipp said.
“We needed a big game tonight to bounce back from the loss to Scurry,” senior guard Jay Kohlmeier added. “We played hard and got a big win. We have always been a bounce back team and we proved that by bouncing back tonight.”
Freshman guard Dreyson Watters was moved up to varsity earlier in the week and got his first varsity action of the season. “Coach told me to hustle and keep the tempo up,” said Watters. “He liked how I was playing on JV and told me to do the same thing tonight and to not worry about the difference in game speed. I just came out and played the best I could.”
Elijah Gardiner led Kemp in scoring with 15 points. Also scoring for the ’Jackets, were Shipp and Kohlmeier with 12 each, Boomer Irvin with 11, Josiah Brewington with seven, Kane Johnson and Watters with six each, Kris Wrenn with three, and Alec Cooper with two.
The win improves Kemp’s record to 11-7 and 2-2 in district.

Jan

14

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 14, 2016

Kylie Smith

Monitor Photo/Ryan Moulds
Kylie Smith drives to the basket for Mabank in the Lady Panther’s Jan. 7 game against Kaufman at home. Smith finished with two points.

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The Mabank eighth grade girls basketball team beat Kaufman 29-13 Jan. 7.
Mabank was up 19-0 at halftime and did not allow Kaufman to score a point until the third quarter.
The Lady Panthers had a very balanced scoring attack the entire night. They were led in scoring by Olivia Sullivan with six points. Also scoring were Laney Davenport with five points, Mallory Lusk and Alyssa Smith with four each, Chauntice Reed with three and Kylie Smith, Chesley Kirkland, Sam Turner and Lexi Ruthart with two each.
The Lady Panthers return to action on Jan. 21 at home when they take on Crandall.