Lady Mustangs Earn 2 All-State Selections, 4 First-Team All-District
Several members of the McKinney Christian Academy girls basketball team were rewarded after their district championship and regional finals berth this season. The Mustangs finished at 20-7 with an overtime loss in the regionals to eventual state champion Midland Classic.
MCA placed four members on the 12-members first-team all-district: Junior point guard Julie James, a team co-captain, led the voting and was named MVP of the district. Sophomore Hannah Wilks was named Defensive Player of the Year. Senior guard and co-captain Sarah Grubbs and junior guard Kayce Zanetell were also named to the first team.
The Mustangs, coached by Lee Brock, completed their second consecutive 10-0 district season and placed six players on the first two teams. Sophomore post player Makenna Schulte and junior guard Lily Thompson were named to the second team.
James had an outstanding season, leading the Mustang attack from the point, averaging 17.2 points per game as well as a remarkable nightly line that averaged 7 assists, 7 steals, and 7 rebounds per game. Bartel was the district’s leading scorer with 24 points per game. Wilks had a fantastic sophomore season following her Freshman of the Year award last year and was right behind Bartel offensively with 21 points per game. She was awarded the Defensive Player of the Year on the strength of her 14 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocks per game.
Grubbs was one the Mustangs’ top defenders and most versatile players, playing the point, the wing and even the low block at times in Schulte’s absence. She averaged 6 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals per game. Zanetell was the Mustangs’ top 3-point shooter and averaged 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals per game in district play. She hit 4 three-pointers twice in important district games against Lutheran and Brook Hill and 5 in the regional contest against Midland.
Schulte averaged 9 points and 7 rebounds per game in the first 5 games of district before being sidelined for the second half with an ankle injury. Thompson stepped up big in her absence and moved into the starting rotation where she averaged 5 points per game and gave the Mustangs another outside threat. She made 6 three pointers in district play.
James, Grubbs and Wilks were all named to the All Defensive Team. Dallas Lutheran’s Tyrone Washington was named Coach of the Year and the Danielson Award was named for and awarded, posthumously, to Lutheran’s long time assistant coach, Marvin Danielson.
At the State meeting in Salado, James and Bartel were named to the All-State first team and Wilks was named to the second team. This was a step up from last year where James was 2nd team and Wilks Honorable Mention.
Lastly, James, Grubbs, and Zanetell were name to the Academic All-State teams for those juniors or seniors who are first team or second team All-District and maintain at least a 90 average in the classroom.