Dec

28

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : December 28, 2014

Monitor Photos/Erik Walsh The Mabank Panthers Cheerleaders shout school spirit songs to help lift Mabank to victory.

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The Mabank Panthers Cheerleaders shout school spirit songs to help lift Mabank to victory.

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.

Dec

25

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : December 25, 2014

Courtesy Photo The Mabank Panthers2014-15 High School Basketball Team includes  (from left) Corey Flores, Darian Hamilton, Cole Smith, Elliot Jackson, Peyton Lee, Dalton Burleson, Blayne Rowe, Miguel Hollis, Mark Driskell, Jordan Thompson and Michael McCormack.

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The Mabank Panthers2014-15 High School Basketball Team includes (from left) Corey Flores, Darian Hamilton, Cole Smith, Elliot Jackson, Peyton Lee, Dalton Burleson, Blayne Rowe, Miguel Hollis, Mark Driskell, Jordan Thompson and Michael McCormack.


By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor

MABANK-With the passing of the New Year just around the corner, the changing of the calendar indicates the beginning of the high school basketball district schedule.
As the date draws near, the Mabank Panthers find themselves in a fairly good position with an 8-5 pre-season record. The Panthers have even found some success in tournament play, advancing all the way to the consolation final in Fairfield before eventually taking a loss to 3A No. 12 Whitesboro 56-46.
District play gets underway a bit later for Mabank than many other area schools due to District 15-3A’s small size. Five teams (Crandall, Athens, Kaufman, Ferris and Mabank) will be competing for four playoff spots. The Panthers journey begins Jan. 16 when they travel to Crandall.
All the teams are expected to field good squads, which will make for an exciting district race to watch. Athens especially will be tough, as many players from their gifted football team have made the transition to the basketball court.
Like most teams, Mabank is led by its upperclassman. Standout performers have been seniors Elliot Jackson and Payton Lee along with juniors Cole Smith and Dalton Burleson.
The Panthers are coached by newly ap-

Dec

21

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : December 21, 2014

Monitor Photo/Erik Walsh Kemp basketball players Noah Romero (on ground) and Klayton Kent fight for possession of the basketball against the Quinlan Ford Panthers Dec. 16.

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Kemp basketball players Noah Romero (on ground) and Klayton Kent fight for possession of the basketball against the Quinlan Ford Panthers Dec. 16.


By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor

KEMP–The Yellowjackets continued its solid pre-season play with a decisive win over the visiting Quinlan Ford Panthers Dec. 16.
The ’Jackets outscored the Panthers in each quarter of the game, enroute to a 69-35 victory. The win lifts the ’Jackets record to 10-5 with only next week’s Kaufman Tournament between them and the start of District 12-3A play.
Kemp got off to a quick start in the first quarter, scoring 15 points and jumping out to an 11-point, 15-4 lead. The Panthers never recovered and struggled to keep up with Kemp all night. The Yellowjackets went on to outscore Quinlan Ford in each quarter for the 34-point win.
The second quarter was the game’s closest. Kemp scored 13 points, their lowest quarterly output all game, and the Panthers scored 12, their highest quarterly output. Despite this, Kemp still grew their lead by one point to a 28-16 advantage.
Kemp kept up the scoring in the third quarter, putting up 16 points and allowing 11. The score stood 44-27 at the end of the quarter.
Often when a team builds a large lead the defense becomes more lax in the fourth quarter and the offense will slow to run out the clock. That wasn’t the case for Kemp. The Yellowjackets offense exploded in the fourth quarter, nearly matching their total output from the entire first half. Kemp put up 25 points in the quarter, while holding Quinlan to just eight.
Scorers for Kemp include: Klayton Kent 12, David Dennis and Tanner Lewis 11, David Becerra nine, Elijah Gardiner eight, Brandon Shipp seven, Noah Romero six and Kane Johnson five.
Quinlan scorers were: Zach Wright and Logan Lane nine, Chase Baker eight, Chandler Feathersten five and Alex Whiteside four.
The Yellowjackets will be back in action Dec. 29-30 at the Kaufman Tournament and begin District 12 play Jan. 3 on the road against Scurry-Rosser.