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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.

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

Mercedes Zapien

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Staff Writer
SCURRY–The Kemp Lady ’Jackets lost their Jan. 8 matchup against the Scurry-Rosser Wildcats 31-15 but the team showed improvement.
“We were really pumped up before the game and we really wanted to win because not a lot of good things have come out of this week,” Kemp freshman Jillian Smith said. “We really wanted to do something to turn this season around.”
Kemp didn’t score in the first quarter but played well on defense to limit Scurry to only seven first quarter points.
Kemp got on the board in the second quarter on a jump shot by Courtney Crapanzano. Harleigh Bardin also added a basket in the second quarter to make the score 16-4 at haltime.
The third quarter was when the Yellowjackets were at their best. They outscored the Wildcats 6-4 and went into the fourth quarter down 20-10.
The Wildcats pulled away in the fourth quarter and outscored Kemp 11-5 to win by 16 but the improvements that the Lady ’Jackets made on offense and defense were clear.
“We have been working on more plays in practice and have been working to get better in everything,” senior Chasity Rodriguez said. “We just need to keep working together and playing as a family.”
Crapanzano led Kemp in scoring with four points. Also scoring for Kemp were Alicia Dennis with three, Mercedes Zapien, Haylee Scott, and Bardin with two each and Rodriguez and Lucy Anderson with one each.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 13, 2016

Brandon Shipp lay up

Monitor Photo/Ryan Moulds
Kemp point guard Brandon Shipp (11) drives into the lane for a layup in Kemp’s win over Maypearl. Shipp finished with a team high 17 points.

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–The Kemp Yellowjackets won their home district opener 67-63 over the Maypearl Panthers Jan. 5. It was Kemp’s first district win of the season.
“We have a year of experience playing tough teams,” Kemp coach Jordan Bedford said. “We took some losses to tough teams but now we are finding ways to fight through tough times and make plays down the stretch of games to win.”
“We handled the ball well,” Kemp post player Elijah Gardiner added. “We kept the ball away from them and were able to get rebounds and block them out.”
The shots started falling for both teams early. Both teams shot lights out in the first quarter mostly from 3-point range. Kemp found themselves down 20-18 headed into the second quarter of play.
Things got better for the Yellowjackets in the second quarter. They held the Panthers to 11 points and played much better on defense limiting the outside shots. Kane Johnson hit a last second layup to put the ’Jackets up 32-31 going into halftime.
Kemp began to pull away in the third quarter. They played very well on both sides of the court and outscored Maypearl 21-13. The ’Jackets were up nine headed into the fourth quarter.
Kemp found themselves up by 11 in the fourth quarter before the Panthers chipped away at the lead and tied the game late after great 3-point shooting. Kemp continued to play hard and made big plays down the stretch to win by four. Maypearl outscored the ’Jackets 19-14 in the final quarter of play.
“We played as a team and made sure we made the right decisions at the right times to get a win,” Kemp point guard Brandon Shipp said.
“We played smart with the ball,” Johnson said. “We moved it around and took good shots. That helped us get good possessions and come away with a victory.”
Kemp players also had high praise for the student section, which was packed with raucous fans for the entire game. “We always love the support and we had a great showing tonight,” Kemp shooting guard Jay Kohlmeier said. “We did our job and got a win but the fans played a huge part in giving us that boost when we needed it.”
Shipp led Kemp in scoring with 17 points. Johnson added 15 points, good for second on the team. Also scoring for Kemp were Gardiner with 11, Josiah Brewington with eight, Alec Cooper and Kris Wrenn with six each and Kohlmeier with four.
Kemp improves to 10-6 overall with the victory. The Yellowjackets are 1-1 in district play.