The McKinney Christian Academy Lady Mustangs got the 2011-12 girls basketball season off on the right foot with a 44-38 victory over the Denton Calvary Lady Lions at the Lions home gym Tuesday night on the opening night of TAPPS play.
The Mustangs got off to a quick start and built a 21-point halftime lead and then had to hold on as a furious Lady Lions rally fell short in the end. The Mustangs opened with a full press that stymied the Lady Lions and staked MCA to a 15-2 first quarter lead as freshman shooting guard Missy Grollneck hit for 5 and fellow frosh point Julie James and junior post Kaitlyn McAdams added 4 each. Junior forward Sydney Thompson added a bucket to the cause during the opening frenzy.
McAdams and Grollneck had all of the Mustangs points in the second with 8 and 6 respectively as the Mustangs led 29-8 at the break. The Lady Lions weren’t quitting, however, and shooting guard A Payne began to light up the Mustangs in the 3rd stanza, hitting for 14 points herself to bring Calvary back in the game to within 10 at 36-26. The Mustangs had gone cold and began to turn the ball over as Calvary became the aggressors. MCA could manage only 4 points by McAdams, an 8-foot bank shot by soph Sarah Grubbs and a free-throw by James and suddenly found themselves in a contest.
The Mustangs settled their defense a little in the 4th holding Payne largely in check until she bombed a 3-pointer from the corner with 2 minutes to go bring Calvary within 4, but Grollneck answered with a 15 footer and the victory was secured as the Mustangs ran out the clock.
McAdams led the Mustangs with 18 points and 19 rebounds, followed by Grollneck with 15, James with 5 and Sydney Thompson, Natalie Lemieux, and Grubbs each added a bucket. Point Guard James paced the Mustang attack with 4 assists and 4 steals as well.
Payne led all scorers with 20 for Calvary.
MCA will be next in action Thurs with a scrimmage versus Van Alstyne Thurs night at MCA’s Joshua Gymnasium at 6:30 pm.