The Athens Review
The Mabank Lady Panthers swept the season series against the Athens Lady Hornets Tuesday night with a 66-52 win at AHS Gymnasium.
With the win, coach Ashleigh Weeaks Lady Panthers improved to 16-14 overall and 6-2 in District 15-3A play with two games remaining in the regular season.
First year coach Dee Evans Lady Hornets dropped to 8-20 on the season and 1-7 in district play.
AHS dominated in the first four minutes of the game as they jumped out to a 10-3 lead on buckets by senior Demi Cumby and junior guard Allison Kalawe.
The Lady Panthers thenn came storming back as cutting the Athens lead to 24-22 with 3:45 remaining in the first half.
Mabank was able to take their first lead of the game at 30-29 on a jumper by sophomore Meagan Holyfield with one minute remaining in the half.
The first half saw Demi Cumby score 18 of her game-high 35 points in the first half.
MHS senior guard Kourtney Holyfield was not to be outdone as she scored 16 of her team-high 33 points in the first half.
In the third quarter, Mabank came out on a 15-4 run to put the game out of reach as they held a 46-33 lead with 3:50 remaining in the quarter.
Josee McNeece added six points for the Lady Hornets, while Kalawe added four in the loss.
Kaitlyn Holyfield scored in double figures for the Lady Panthers with 10 points.
AHS travels to Mineola Friday night to face the district leading Lady Jackets, while Mabank travels to Van.
Both games are set for a 6:15 p.m. tipoff.
Mabank 67, Athens 57
The Athens Hornets dropped to 4-2 in District 15-3A play as they were outscored 35-20 in the second half of play Tuesday night at AHS Gymnasium.
This was the first trip back to AHS Gym for Mabank Panthers coach Tracy Carter since taking over the program at Mabank.
The Panthers improved to 20-7 with the win and 5-1 in District play.
In the first half, Athens jumped out to a 37-32 lead as both teams had a see-saw affair.
Junior Anthony Sanders scored 15 of his team-high 20 points in the first half.
He gave them their biggest lead of the half at 36-29 on a three-pointer off an assist from Courtland Lyons with 1:38 remaining in the half.
In the third quarter, Mabank increased their pressure and held a 49-46 lead heading into the final quarter of play.
Mabank put together a three minute scoring run on buckets by Rance Thorne, Zach Dillon and Dalton Burleson for the 62-48 lead.
AHS will look to break their losing streak Friday night in Mineola.