Submitted by Lee Brock, McKinney Christian Academy
McKinney Christian Academy’s Lady Mustangs defeated the Trinity Christian Cedar Hill Lady Tigers 57-44 Monday night. By beating the TAPPS 4-A Tigers on the road, the Mustangs moved to 5-1 on the season as they prepare to break for Thanksgiving. They will return to action at home November 27 against Carrollton Christian.
Against the Lady Tigers and their half court trap, the Mustangs survived a number of turnovers early to solve the trap and attack the basket as sophomore point, Julie James, penetrated the lane and dished to her front-line of senior Kaitlynn McAdams and freshman Hannah Wilks. McAdams had 6 points in the opening period, Wilks 4 and James 2 as the first period ended, knotted at 12.
The Mustang press, in turn, created problems for the Tigers. James, McAdams, and junior steal specialist Sarah Grubbs continued to pick off Tiger passes as they were held scoreless for the majority of the second while the Mustangs built a lead they would never relinquish. James led with 6 in the period, including a three pointer, and made another with her toenail on the line. McAdams and Wilks hit for 4 more each in the Mustangs three pronged attack. The Tigers closed with 5 freethrows and it was 26-17 at intermission.
For the second straight game the Mustangs came out blazing in the second half, ramping up the intensity on the press and converting on the other end, enroute to 21 third quarter points behind Wilks with 9, McAdams 6 and James 4. When senior forward Sidney Thompson hauled down an offensive board and scored on the put back, the Mustangs were up by 25 at 47-22 and had everything going their way. The Tigers began to claw their way back, going to their big 6-2 freshman post, Deontal Ingram, who countered with 8 in the third. Kamiyn Smith hit a trey for Cedar Hill and it was closer at 47-31 going into the fourth.
Sensing defeat, the wounded Tigers began to fight back ferociously with an aggressive man to man defense and the Mustangs were rattled into some early fourth quarter turnovers. Asia Roy opened the last quarter for the Tigers with a trey and Cailyn Byrd made a three the hard way on a layup and a freethrow and the Tigers and their home crowd were back in it.
The question was put to the Mustangs, would you fold or will you fight ? The answer is in. These Mustangs are fighters. For each blow the Tigers delivered, the Mustangs countered. Against a pressing man to man, the focus of the pressure is always on the point guard and James did not disappoint, splitting the Tiger pressure and getting to the lane which created opportunities for McAdams, Wilks or herself. James led in scoring in the fourth with 6. McAdams and Wilks each added 2 as the Mustangs held on for the 57-44 win.
Wilks led in scoring and rebounding with 19 and 10, followed closely by McAdams 18 and 9, and James 18 and 6. James and Grubbs led in steals with 5 each and James led in assists with 5. Thompson had 2 points and 2 steals and 2 rebounds. McAdams also registered 3 blocked shots.
by qtrs 1 2 H 3 4 Final
MCA 12 14 26 21 10 57
TCCH 12 5 17 14 13 44