The Athens Review
The rivalry between Athens and Mabank reached another level Friday night at AHS gymnasium following a split in district action.
In the girls’ game, the Mabank Lady Panthers walked out with a 53-47 win over the Lady Hornets.
In the guys game, the Athens Hornets continued their hot shooting with a 71-39 win over former coach Tracy Carter’s Panthers team.
Both AHS teams are scheduled to be on the road tonight at Mineola in District 15-3A action. The Lady Hornets (2-16, 0-3) will play at 6:15 p.m., with the Hornets (18-1, 1-0) to follow around 7:30 p.m.
Mabank 53, AHS 47
The second half was the story for both teams after Mabank headed into the locker room with a 34-28 lead at the half.
In the third quarter, Athens outscored Mabank, 8-3, as senior Cari Aguilera and sophomore Bryla Barker scored the only points for the Lady Hornets.
Aguilera finished the game with 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Barker added 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Following a basket by Aguilera that gave Athens a 47-44 lead with two minutes remaining in the game, Mabank (1-2 in district) held Athens scoreless the remainder of the contest.
MHS was led by the duo of freshman Carson Marsh — who finished with 17 points — and sophomore Meagan Holyfield — who iced the game with two free throws in the final 46 seconds.
Here are the District 15-3A standings as of Friday: Brownsboro 3-0; Canton 3-0; Mineola 1-2; Van 1-2; Mabank 1-2 and Athens 0-3.
AHS 71, Mabank 39
Athens, the No. 17 ranked team in the state, jumped out to a 20-5 lead after the opening quarter and never looked back in the District 15-3A opener for both schools.
AHS went on an 8-0 run behind an old-fashioned three point play from Ryan Jefferson and a strong layup from Kynden Crist in the first three minutes of the game.
Following a free throw by Mabank (8-11) to break the run, they found a way to score their first basket of the game with two minutes remaining in the quarter on a layup by Austin Miller off an assist from Parker Johannesen.
The Hornets forced Mabank into 24 turnovers and seven-of-14 free throw shooting.
Athens was led in scoring by Anthony Sanders with 24 points, while Ryan Jefferson added 17 points. Kynden Crist also added nine points for the Hornets.
Mabank was led in scoring by Cody Thompson with 13 points and Johannesen with eight points.
Here are the District 15-3A standings as of Friday: Athens 1-0; Brownsboro 1-0; Canton 1-0; Mabank 0-1; Van 0-1 and Mineola 0-1.