Thanksgiving week was unkind to the McKinney Christian girls basketball team, as it suffered tts first two losses of the season falling to the HSAA Angels and the Triple A Academy Warriors in successive games:
The Lady Mustangs received the first blot on their record this season with a 44-24 defeat by the Home School Athletic Association (HSAA) Angels Monday night. The young Mustangs, playing without their starting point guard, Julie James, were troubled by the Angels pressure defense from the start, scoring only 2 points in the first period, a 12 foot bank shot by Kaitlyn McAdams . The Mustangs own defense kept them close, however, and it was 8-2 after the first period.
The second period saw more defense as both offenses struggled. Forward Sidney Thompson hit for 4 points and McAdams added 3 more for the Mustangs. Missy Grollnek came in off the bench and hit a long two pointer as the Mustangs closed to 17-11 at the break.
Despite their rough start the Mustangs were in the game to start the second half, but when Senior shooting guard Natalie Lemieux, who had been moved to point in James’ absence, was forced to the bench with her 4th foul midway through the third period, the wheels on the Mustang wagon began to wobble. It was 34 -18 after 3.
When Lemieux picked up her 5th foul early in the 4th the wheels came all the way off as the Mustangs continued to turn the ball over and the relentless Angels pulled away in the end for the final margin.
McAdams led the way again with 16 points and 13 rebounds while Thompson hit for 6 with 5 boards. Grollnek added 4 to complete the scoring. Wing Sarah Grubbs inherited the point position and dished out 4 assists and grabbed 6 defensive rebounds.
The Mustangs committed 31 turnovers for the game.
Tori Phillips led the Angel’s balanced attack with 10 points.
The next night saw more of the same as the Mustangs were overwhelmed by the pressure defense of the talented Triple A Academy Warriors and were blasted 84-26. The Warriors were led by their powerful post T Davenport with 26 points and Baylor commit A. Gulley who poured in 25. The Mustangs were down 29-5 after 1 as Gulley and Davenport each scored 10 while MCA managed only 5 on a basket by Sidney Thompson and a three pointer by McAdams.
The Mustang offense got a bit untracked in the second as Missy Grollnek hit two treys and Nat Lemieux scored 3 on a 15 footer and a freethrow. Sarah Grubbs, Thompson, and McAdams added freethrows and it was 46-19 at the half.
The Mustangs needed to rally in the second half but were simply overmatched. The Warriors continued to stretch their lead as the Mustang offense faltered scoring only 7 points in the second half.
McAdams led the Mustangs with 9 points followed by Grollnek with 6 , and Thompson and Grubbs with 4 each. Lemieux ended with 3.
The Mustangs are next in action tonight, Nov. 28, vs the Dallas Thunder at home, 6:30 p.m.