Apr

07

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 7, 2017

By Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Staff Writer
RICHARDSON–The Mabank Lady Panthers will never quit playing. Mabank got down 2-0 in the first half, but fought back to tie the score 2-2 at the end of regulation and beat Princeton 5-4 on penalty kicks in the Class 4A Regional Quarterfinal matchup at Eagle-Mustang Stadium April 4. The Lady Panthers advance to the Region II Semifinals with the victory.
Princeton got on the board just four minutes into the game with a goal, the first goal given up by Mabank in the playoffs. Princeton took a 2-0 lead with nine minutes left in the first half on a rebound that was put past goalkeeper Presley Reese. The Lady Panthers would not go quietly in the first half however. With 2:33 left, Princeton was called for a hand-ball foul in the goalie box, which resulted in a penalty kick for the Lady Panthers. Brittany Anthony put the penalty kick past the Princeton goalkeeper to bring Mabank to within a goal at halftime.
The Lady Panthers came out in the second half with a lot more energy and kept pressure on the Princeton defense. Mabank’s pressure finally paid off, as Juliet Pridgen took a pass and booted a shot past the goalkeeper and into the back of the net from 30 yards out to tie the score with 20 minutes remaining in the game.
Mabank and Princeton played the rest of the half to a draw and had to go into the extra periods. The score was still tied after two 10-minute periods, which meant the game had to be decided on penalty kicks. With the Lady Panthers up by one goal in kicks, Princeton needed a goal to stay alive. Reese dove to her right to stop the final attempt for Princeton, knocking the ball away and setting off a wild celebration by the Lady Panthers.
Mabank improves its season record to 19-5.
With the Lady Panthers playing April 7, the story of the Region II Semifinal match against Athens will be in the Thursday issue of The Monitor.

Apr

07

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 7, 2017

Monitor Staff Reports
VAN–Mabank senior pitcher Pearson Johannesen gave up one run on three hits and struck out nine, and the Panther offense rallied in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 5-1 victory over Van April 4.
Senior Trey Neighbors went 1-3 and drove in three runs to pace the Panther offense.
After a scoreless first two innings, in which Johannesen rang up three strikeouts, Van took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning after a triple and a sacrifice fly.
The Vandals had another chance to score in the bottom of the fourth inning, but Johannesen struck out the final batter of the inning, getting out of the inning unscathed. The Panthers tied it up in the top of the fifth inning after Clay Conway singled and stole second base. Hunter Caves grounded out to move Conway to third and Neighbors drove home Conway with a groundout to tie the score.
Pearson Johannesen shut the Vandals down in the bottom of the fifth after giving up two walks in the inning, getting a ground out and two strikeouts to keep the score tied at one and bring the Panther offense back to the plate. The Panthers went to work offensively in the top of the sixth inning.
Sophomore Bradley Reynolds led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on Jonathan McPhearson’s grounder to third. Conway then reached on catcher’s interference, putting runners at first and second with one out. Dalton Penix singled to left field to drive in Reynolds and give the Panthers their first lead of the game. Caves singled to load the bases, and Neighbors drove in Conway and Penix to give the Panthers a three-run lead. Braden Rich added to the Mabank lead with a fielder’s choice to short that scored Caves.
Johannesen was still pitching lights out, giving up a single in the bottom of the sixth, but striking out the side to keep the 5-1 lead.
Van had one last chance to try to get back into the game in the seventh, but Johannesen finished the complete-game win by getting a line out, a fly ball and striking out the final hitter of the game.
Caves finished the night 1-3 with a run scored and Penix was 1-4 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI.
Rich finished the evening 1-3 with a run batted in, Conway went 1-3 with two runs scored, and Johannesen walked three times in the game. Alynn Gentry also reached base one time, via a walk.
The Panthers improve their overall record to 10-6 on the season, and 3-1 in district play.
The Panthers will be back in action at 6:30 p.m. April 11 when they host the Canton Eagles in a district matchup.

Apr

05

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 5, 2017

By Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Staff Writer
FORNEY–The Lady Panthers are advancing to the Class 4A Regional Quarterfinals after their 4-0 victory over Carrollton Ranchview, March 31 at City Bank Stadium in Forney.
The Lady Panthers scored twice in each half and coasted to the area-round win.
Juliet Pridgen got the scoring started for the Lady Panthers just eight minutes into the match, taking a pass and scoring the first of her two goals from 15 yards out for a 1-0 Mabank lead.
The Lady Panthers struck again with 14 and a half minutes left in the first half when senior Cat Turner lofted a free kick from the offensive left side, over the goalkeeper’s head and into the net from 30 yards out giving the Lady Panthers a 2-0 lead they would take into halftime.
Turner got her second goal of the match with just over 10 minutes gone in the half, deflecting a shot past the goalkeeper after a corner kick.
Pridgen made it 4-0 just one minute later after dribbling in and scoring from about 12 yards out past a sprawling Ranchview goalkeeper.
The Lady Panthers gave up a couple of good scoring chances to the Lady Wolves in the second half, but Ranchview was turned away each time. The Lady Panthers also had numerous chances to score after going up by four goals, but just missed on a few opportunities.
With the victory, the Lady Panthers improve to 18-5 on the season and will battle Princeton in the Region 2 Quarterfinals.
The results of that match, will be in the Sunday issue of The Monitor.
If they Lady Panthers beat Princeton, they will play in the Regional Semifinals at 11 a.m. Friday, April 7 at Trinity Mother Frances Tyler Rose Stadium.