Lady Mustangs Lose Lead, Drop a Close one To Dallas Christian
The McKinney Christian Academy girls basketball team broke fast out of the gate against the undefeated 4-A power Dallas Christian Chargers on Tuesday night, racing to a 36-26 halftime lead, but failed to finish down the stretch and fell 60-55.
“The girls played a great first half,” MCA coach Lee Brock said. “That was a lot of fun. Last year we learned how to come out and seize a game in the third quarter. We will have to relearn that, evidently. Turnovers and fouls were our our downfall after the half.”
The Mustangs scorched the nets for 23 first quarter points, quite a lot for an 8-minute quarter in any league, as the Mustangs passed and shot well. Leading scorer Hannah Wilks hit for 8 in the opening stanza, Kaycee Zanetell hit two three-pointers and point Julie James hit another as the Mustangs built a 23-19 lead. Sarah Gubbs and Lily Thompson each scored two as five Mustangs scored in the period.
MCA cooled a little offensively in the second, but ramped up its defense and stretched the lead to 36-26 at the break. Wilks hit for 5 more , James made 4 of 4 from the line and Zanetell and post Mackenna Schulte added baskets and the Mustangs had a double digit lead at intermission after playing their best offensive half of the season. Yes , they had 49 at the half versus Paris Home School, 41 against North Dallas Adventist and 40 against Leonard, but this was a better team they were up against and the Mustangs were up to the match.
Alas, the game is a game of 4 quarters and the Mustangs showed up for only three. The Mustangs outscored the Chargers in the 1st ,2nd and 4th but were decisively beaten in the third, outscored 26-10 as they made frequent turnovers against the Charger full court press. It was the same press the Mustangs handled for the other three quarters, but for some reason, the Mustangs lost their cool and the game in the third, squandering a 10-point lead to trail 52-46 after 3.
The Mustangs tried to make a run in the 4th, closing to within two with two to play and got an open look from the corner to regain the lead, but the shot did not fall and the Mustangs were forced to foul. Unfortunately, MCA was a little too guilty of fouling throughout the night as Zanetell was forced to the bench early with foul trouble and James and Schulte were also saddled with 4 fouls each, Schulte actually being disqualified with her fifth in the final minute.
MCA falls to 4-3 on the season with the loss. Wilks led the Mustangs in scoring, hitting her average of 24 points while James followed with 13, Zanetell 8 and Schulte 6. Grubbs and Thompson finished with 2 each.