The McKinney North boys and girls basketball teams have clinched playoff berths, but that’s not the half of it after both teams won — yet again — on Friday night:
–The Lady Bulldogs (13-0 in 13-4A) have clinched the district championship with a chance at the perfect district record with only one regular season game remaining Tuesday, Feb. 4, at home against Denison.
–The Bulldogs (11-0 in 13-4A) are on track to win the district championship, too, and are also in the running for a perfect district mark. They have three regular season games remaining.
On to Friday’s action:
McKinney North 64, Wylie 57: The Bulldogs, who have already clinched a playoff berth, won on the road Friday night. They held off a pesky Wylie team in a close game. As a result, North improved to 11-0 in District 13-4A. It was tied 11-11 after one and 30-30 at halftime before North edged ahead. Julion Pearre led all scorers with 19 points to lead North. Collin Curran added 14, Jola Otubu 12 and Steele Douglas 11.
Allen 64, McKinney High 50: The Lions lost for the fourth consecutive game Friday night, dropping to 1-6 in District 10-5A. Remington Edwards led MHS with 10 points. Allen (5-2 in 10-5A) led only 20-17 after the first quarter but increased it to 40-25 at halftime.
Plano East 62, McKinney Boyd 48: The winless Broncos stayed close for a half, trailing 15-12 after one quarter and 28-22 at halftime. But East outscored Boyd 16-7 in the third quarter to take control. Byron Harrison led Boyd (0-7 in District 10-5A) with 13 points. Plano East is 5-2 in 10-5A.
McKinney High 59, Allen 41: The Lionettes, who have clinched a playoff berth, completed a season sweep of the Eagles and improved to 6-3 in District 10-5A. Mariah Mitchell was on fire with 31 points for MHS. Jazsmin Nelson added 15. The game was close early, tied 13-13 after a quarter and MHS led only 30-27 at halftime. But Allen, 3-6 in 10-5A, couldn’t keep up in the third quarter as MHS outscored the Eagles 17-4 to take a 47-31 lead going into the final period.
McKinney Boyd 54, Plano East 50: The home standing Lady Broncos got 19 points from Haley Carruthers and improved to 3-6 in District 10-5A. Ten players scored for Boyd, which led 34-22 at halftime and held off a furious East rally. East cut it to 40-39 going to the fourth quarter. But in the end East stayed winless in 10-5A at 0-9.
McKinney North 49, Wylie East 44: The District champion Lady Bulldogs improved to 13-0 in 13-4A after winning a close game in Wylie on Friday. Mikaehla Connor led all scorers with 21 points for the Lady Dawgs. The game stayed close throughout, at 15-13 after one, 26-24 at halftime and 38-35 after three quarters. But North found itself ahead after each period. Wylie East fell to 8-5.
Photos from the MHS-Allen boys game by TSB’s Sawyer Erickson
Video submitted by Karen Zupanic.