Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : December 19, 2014

Monitor file photo Madison Holyfield led Mabank in scoring at the Brownsboro Tournament, averaging 16.8 points. She also contributed 4.6 rebounds per game.

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Madison Holyfield led Mabank in scoring at the Brownsboro Tournament, averaging 16.8 points. She also contributed 4.6 rebounds per game.

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor

BROWNSBORO–The Mabank Lady Panthers relied on solid performances from their veteran core when they traveled to Brownsboro for the East Texas Shootout last weekend. Seniors Madison and Meagan Holyfield anchored the team on offensive and defense, while sophomore sparkplug Carson Marsh chipped-in on scoring with a nice shooting touch. Mabank finished its final tournament before the Christmas break with a quality showing and a 3-2 record, good for sixth place out of 30.
Action began Dec. 11 and Mabank was tested against two teams, Fairfield and Pine Trees. The Lady Panthers were victorious in both contests and finished the first day of play, 2-0.
The game against Fairfield was a particularly close match. Mabank pulled out the narrow victory 49-46 against a tough Lady Eagles squad. Madison Holyfield led the way with 18 points and seven rebounds, while her sister Meagan secured a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Marsh added 14 points in the winning cause.
The Lady Panthers had a little bit more breathing room against Pine Trees, gaining a nine-point, 55-46 victory. Marsh led the offense with 19 points and added five rebounds, while Madison Holyfield scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Meagan Holyfield scored 13 points and Brittni Anthony showed her defensive wizardry with four steals.
With its two victories the previous day, Mabank moved on to the winners bracket Dec. 12. The day was cut short after just one game, a 51-40 loss to the Peaster Lady Greyhounds. Meagan Holyfield scored 14 points, Madison Holyfield added 11 and Marsh scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
The Lady Panthers played two more games to dictate their placement on the final day tournament Dec. 13. Neither game, both a win and a loss, was very close.
Springhill was up first and Mabank blew them out of the water 52-36. The 16-point victory was their largest of the tournament. Madison Holyfield scored a tournament team-high 23 points while grabbing seven rebounds. Meagan Holyfield scored 15 points to go with her eight rebounds, and Marsh added 10 more points.
Alba Golden ended the tournament for Mabank, handing the Lady Panthers a 67-38 loss. Madison Holyfield had 15 points and seven rebounds, Meagan Holyfield 12 points and eight rebounds and Carson Marsh seven points.
Head Coach Christie Shoulders said Mabank held its own against a field of very strong teams and should be proud of what they did.
“I am extremely proud of how we played in the Brownsboro tournament,” Shoulders said.
“There were many strong teams at the tournament and the girls really stepped up to the challenge and competed.”
Mabank’s big three put up good numbers throuhout the tourney. Madison Holyfield averaged 16.8 points and 4.6 rebounds, Meagan Holyfield13.4 points and 5.6 rebounds and Carson Marsh 12.4 points and 4 rebounds.
The 3-2 showing in Brownsboro lifted Mabank’s record to 8-7 overall. The Lady Panthers next games will be at the Kaufman Holiday Tournament Dec. 29-30.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : December 11, 2014

Monitor Photo/David Kapitan Kemp forward Noah Romero attempts to score a field goal Dec. 4 against Hawkins. Romero led the Yellowjackets in scoring for the game with 15 points.

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Kemp forward Noah Romero attempts to score a field goal Dec. 4 against Hawkins. Romero led the Yellowjackets in scoring for the game with 15 points.

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor

EDGEWOOD–The Kemp Yellowjackets basketball team went 2-2 in the Edgewood Tournament Dec. 4-6.
The ’Jackets lost to their first opponent, Hawkins, Dec. 4. Kemp had a small two-point lead going into the fourth quarter but were unable to hold on before falling 46-42. Top scorers for Kemp were Noah Romero, 15; Brandon Shipp, 11; David Becerra, five; Klayton Kent, five; David Dennis, two; Elijah Gardiner, two and Josiah Brewington, 2.
Kemp played two games Dec. 5 and they both turned out to be decisive victories for the Yellowjackets. Kemp jumped out to a 35-18 lead at halftime against Quinlan Ford and never looked back on their way to a 54-42 victory. Top scorers against Quinlan Ford were Elijah Gardiner with 23 points; David Dennis, nine; Klayton Kent, six; Noah Romero, five; David Becerra, five; Brandon Shipp, four and Jay Kohlmeier, two.
The Yellowjackets got on a win streak after their second game of the day, defeating the Kaufman Lions 54-48. Scoring was neck-and-neck all game, save the second quarter where Kemp built a 25-17 lead. That was all the opening they would need and held onto the lead the rest of the game. Top scorers for Kemp against Kaufman were Brandon Shipp, 16; Noah Romero, 14; David Dennis, eight; Klayton Kent, five; Josiah Brewington, four; Elijah Gardiner, three; Jay Kohlmeier, two and Kris Wrenn, two.
Kemp played its final game of the Edgewood Tournament Dec. 6 in the Consolation Bracket Final against a very good Red Oak Life squad.
The ’Jackets found themselves outmatched by the Mustangs and were outscored in every quarter on their way to a 49-30 loss. Kemp scoring included Brandon Shipp, eight; Elijah Gardiner, six; Noah Romero, five; Josiah Brewington, four; Klayton Kent, four; David Dennis, two and David Becerra, one.
After the 2-2 showing at the Edgewood Tournament, Kemp’s overall record stands at 3-4. After facing Cross Roads on the road Dec. 9, the Yellowjackets travel for another tournament Dec. 11-13, this time hosted by Rice.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : December 10, 2014

CROSS ROADS–A strong first half propelled the Kemp Yellowjackets to a 72-68 victory over the Cross Roads Bobcats Dec. 9.
Kemp came out of the gate with a slight lead, building up a one-point, 15-14 lead after the first quarter.
The Yellowjackets big quarter came in the second, outscoring Cross Roads 23-18 for a 38-32 lead at halftime.
For the rest of the game the Bobcats were clawing back into the contest. Cross Roads dropped the point margin by one in the third quarter, outscoring Kemp 18-17.
Kemp looked like they would cruise to a easy victory with five and a half minutes remaining in the fourth quarter when Elijah Gardner’s layup put the Yellowjackets up 61-50.
After that, Cross Roads was able to go on an 18-10 run and continue to cut the deficit all the way to 71-68 with only 12 seconds remaining.
Following a Cross Roads foul, Kemp guard David Dennis sealed the Yellowjackets victory by hitting 1 of 2 free throws.
Scorers were: Brandon Shipp 15, David Dennis 11, Noah Romero nine, David Becerra eight, Jay Kohlmeier eight, Elijah Gardiner eight, Klayton Kent seven, Josiah Brewington five and Kris Wrenn one.
The win lifts the Yellowjackets to an even 4-4 record. They will host Quinlan Ford at home Dec. 16 after traveling to Rice for a tournament Dec. 11-13.