By: Mike Bruu, TSB Staff
After three months of blood, sweat, and tears, the chance at a postseason berth for all three of the McKinney high school girls basketball programs was up for grabs on the regular season’s last night. At the conclusion of the evening, all three schools would experience different emotions after a dramatic ending to district play.
Fortunately for the McKinney North Lady Bulldogs, the outcome of their home game versus the Wylie Lady Pirates became mostly unimportant, because McKinney North would fall to Wylie 41-38 on Tuesday night. Despite a strong performance from Mikaehla Connor, who had a game-high 21 points, a sloppy second quarter where the Lady Bulldogs were outscored 10-4 proved to be too much for North to overcome.
However, immediately following the game that ended close to the conclusion of the game just down the road, McKinney North learned that they had clinched the number four seed out of District 10-4A with McKinney High‘s loss. McKinney North finished 19-12 overall in the regular season and 9-5 in district play.
McKinney High, who needed a victory against Highland Park (9-4 in District 10-4A), struggled for much of the first half at home, trailing 27-20 at the break. After outscoring the Lady Scots by six in the third to pull within one, the Lionettes couldn’t make some key shots late in the fourth quarter, while Highland Park hit just enough free throws in the final minute to defeat McKinney 48-45. The loss ended McKinney’s season officially, falling their record to 23-11 overall and 8-6 in District 10-4A.
The school with the greatest odds against them coming into the season finale had to be the McKinney Boyd Lady Broncos, who needed a victory on the road against the District 10-5A champion Sachse Lady Mustangs and have Garland Lakeview Centennial lose to Garland to force a one-game playoff Friday night.
Sachse, who came into the evening undefeated in district play, presented a considerable challenge for Boyd on each side of the ball. After trailing 17-13 at the half, the Lady Broncos outscored Sachse 15-4 in the third and never looked back to pull out a unlikely victory on the road, 41-35.
Led by Micaela Gonzalez with 13 points and 12 points by Charmaine Celestine and Julia Hendrieth both, Boyd held up their end of the bargain, and with a Lakeview loss, the Lady Broncos will play a win-and-you’re-in game against the Lady Patriots Friday night. The location is to be determined Wednesday. McKinney Boyd finished with a record of 14-19 overall and 7-7 in district play.
Already assured a spot in the TAPPS playoffs as district runner-up, McKinney Christian blasted Shelton 55-31. Julie James led the way with 18 points. Missy Grollnek added 13. Kaycie Zanetell scored 11. MCA led 31-11 at the half and never looked back.
Photo: McKinney North’s Danille Coleman looks for help from a Lady Dawgs team mate in Tuesday’s loss against Wylie.