North boys, girls win Tuesday to set up second-place showdowns against crosstown rival McKinney High. So does MHS boys and MCA boys and girls.
McKinney North 43, Rockwall-Heath 40: The Bulldogs had a tough time on the road Tuesday with a Heath team that sits 1-7 in District 10-4A play. But in the end, North pulled it out after edging ahead 22-21 at halftime and seeing the game tied at 26 going into the fourth quarter. Julion Pearre led North (6-2 in 10-4A) in scoring with 12. North plays host to McKinney High on Friday night.
McKinney High 85, Rockwall 72: The Lions won their third straight game and improved to 7-1 in 10-4A going into Friday’s showdown at rival McKinney North on Friday. MHS led 36-33 at halftime Tuesday and just 54-50 going into the fourth quarter, which it dominated by scoring 31. Jonathan Shannon led the Lions with 26 points while AJ Moutry scored 22. Nate Higgins and Tanner Holland each scored 11.
McKinney Christian 50, Richardson Canyon Creek Christian 49: The Mustangs trailed 40-37 going into the fourth quarter but pulled out a thriller on the road. Kaelen Malone led the way with 20 points. Zach Bollinger added 14. MCA plays host to Garland Christian on Friday night.
Garland Lakeview Centennial 42, McKinney Boyd 40: Read TSB sports writer Mike Bruu’s account of this game, our TSB Game of the Week, by clicking here.
McKinney North 69, Rockwall-Heath 20: The Lady Bulldogs won their third straight game — all blowouts, too — and improved to 7-3 in District 10-4A. After leading 19-3 after one quarter and 35-10 at the half, North cruised. Danielle Coleman and Alexis Mason each scored 15 for North, while Mikaehla Connor added 11 and Amy Kleynhans 10. North travels to rival McKinney High on Friday night.
McKinney Christian 33, Richardson Canyon Creek Christian 20: The Lady Mustangs (16-10 overall, 5-1 in the district) retained second place in the district and stayed just behind first-place Dallas Lutheran with a hard-fought road victory Tuesday. The Mustangs, Cougars and Lutheran Lions had ended in a three way tie last year with every victory being had at each team’s home floor, and the Cougars were hoping to throw the race into a similar quagmire this year. The Mustangs knew it would be a battle on the road and early on they got what they expected. Both teams came out strong defensively, the Cougars in their shut down 2-3 zone and the Mustangs in a full court man to man.
Freshman point guard Julie James led the Mustangs with 15 points and 6 steals. Junior post Kaitlyn McAdams ended with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore wing Sarah Grubbs had 4 points while junior forward Sidney Thompson had 3 points and 7caroms. Senior guard Natalie Lemieux did not score, but had 4 assists and 4 rebounds and for the fourth time in two years held Kelsy Middlkekoop to 10 points below her average.
For awhile it looked like no one was going to score until McAdams scored on a putback for a 2-0 lead. The Cougars scoring star Sophomore Lexi Rene hit one of two freethrows and a driving layup for a short lived 3-2 lead, but James answered back for the Mustangs. Call it good defense or bad offense, it was an anemic 4-3 after one.
In the second, the Mustangs finally began to solve the 2-3. With little luck inside the Mustangs sent their versatile post McAdams outside where she quickly nailed two three pointers to spark the Mustangs. Thompson then hit a baseline 12-footer and Grubb scored on a inbounds play and the Mustangs had some breathing room at 14-8 at the half. With Lemieux all over the Cougars outside threat, Middlekoop, Rinne had all of the Cougars first half points. She had 5 more in the second with James draped all over her on a basket and 3 freethrows. In fact, when James was saddled with her 3rd foul late in the first half there was more than a little concern in the Mustangs lockerroom.
This would be a true team defensive effort for MCA as James was forced to hand the defensive chore of covering Rinne to Grubbs who had been making life difficult for the Cougars point guard, Carrissa Galvan. James and Grubbs switched assignments and the Mustangs did not miss a beat. Grubbs held Rinne to a single bucket in the third and Middlekoop got on the board with a rare running layup over Lemieux, but that would be it for Canyon Creek in the third. The Mustangs countered with another basket by Grubbs and freethrows by McAdams and Thompson, but it was James who led the offensive surge in the quarter. Perhaps it was being freed up from her defensive assignment, but James began to attack the zone with renewed vigor, penetrating the Cougar zone for 4 baskets and a 26-12 advantage.
The Cougars were not quite done, however. Just when the Mustangs were beginning to feel comfortable Rinne drove the lane and was fouled by McAdams, her 3rd, and converted the basket and freethrow. A minute later McAdams was forced to the bench with her 4th foul and replaced by Freshman Kayce Zanetell. Rinne scored another runner and the lead was under 10 with 6 minutes to go at 26-17. James would take over the offense down the home stretch, scoring first on a nice up and under move from the left side. McAdams returned with 4 minutes to go and promptly hit a post move bunnie on the right. Middlekoop got loose for a three pointer, but James would close out the Cougars with 3 of 6 from the line out of the Mustangs delay game for the win.
Rinne led Canyon Creek with 15 and Middlekoop had the other 5.
MCA will play undefeated Lutheran Friday night. The Mustangs will host Garland Christian Friday night for MCA’s Senior Night .
Rockwall 46, McKinney High 36: The Lionettes fell to 6-4 in District 10-4A after losing to district leader Rockwall. Mariah Mitchell and Breana Smalls each scored 10 in the loss. MHS fell behind 21-12 at halftime and couldn’t recover. Rockwall is 9-1. MHS plays host to McKinney North on Friday.
Garland Lakeview Centennial 42, McKinney Boyd 35: Haley Carruthers led Boyd in scoring wtih 14 points Tuesday as the Lady Broncos suffered a tough District 10-5A defeat and fell to 4-6. Lakeview, which is 6-4, led 18-13 at halftime and managed to maintain its lead. Boyd travels to Garland on Friday night.