The McKinney Christian Lady Mustangs continued with their improving defensive game as they throttled the Lady Guard from Brook Hill Academy 50-23 Friday night at the MCA Joshua Gym. The Mustangs, who had held each of their first two opponents to 17 points in the first two district matchups, blanked the visitors in the first quarter in jumping to a 12-0 lead after one.
The Mustang press created multiple turnovers and scoring opportunities for the Lady Stangs. Senior Natalie Lemieux opened the scoring with a 15 footer off of a feed from point Julie James. James and Kaitlynn McAdams each had 4 in the first despite being singled out for triangle and two defensive coverage by Brook Hill. Sophomore Sarah Grubbs also scored on a James assist and it was Mustangs by twelve.
In the second quarter the Mustang offense really got going, exploding for 21 points as all five Mustang starters scored as well as backup forward Kayce Zanetell. McAdams, James, Lemieux, and Soph Sarah Grubbs turned steals into baskets. McAdams scored 8 in the period while Freshman Zanetell added two baskets. James had 3 points while, Lemieux and Grubbs hit short jumpers and Jr Sidney Thompson scored on a clever drive down the lane for a 33-7 halftime lead.
The Lady Guard regrouped at halftime, however to make a game of it, outscoring the Mustangs 16-11 in the third as they began to solve the Mustang press. The Mustangs also began to go to their bench more and sophomore Lauren Sanford stepped in for a long three pointer. McAdams added 4 and James and Zanetell 2 each, but the Mustang lead was down to 21 at 44-23 after 3.
On a different night in Bullard it might have turned into a real game, but not this night in McKinney as the Mustangs proved to be inhospitable hosts, blanking the Guard once again in the last period, despite playing the second unit liberally. McAdams scored all 6 Mustang points in the period and it was a final, 50-23 MCA.
McAdams ended with 22 points, 7 steals and 3 blocks while James followed with 9 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Zanetell had 6 points and Lemieux and Grubbs each had 4. Lemieux also tied for the lead in steals with 7. Sanford had her three and Thompson 2 to close out the scoring.
MCA runs its record to 14-9 and 3-0 to keep pace with Dallas Lutheran and setting up a showdown for first place next Tues at Lutheran. Brook Hill drops to 2-1 in district and must close the first half with Canyon Creek and the Lutheran.