The McKinney Christian Lady Mustangs continued to keep pace with district leader Dallas Lutheran by strafing an outmanned Garland Christian team 66-19 Friday night in girls basketball to go to 17-10 and more importantly, 6-1 in district play.
If the Mustangs can win Tuesday night at Brookhill, they will set up a showdown with 7-0 Lutheran Friday night at MCA.
Against Garland, it was all Mustangs from the start as the MCA press forced one turnover after another and the Mustangs opportunistically converted steals into points and an 18-2 first quarter lead. As usual, junior post Kaitlynn McAdams led the way with 12 first quarter points while freshmen Kayce Zanetell had 4 and Julie James scored 2.
There are 10 Mustangs on the varsity this year and all of them got into the action early. The Mustangs lone senior, Natalie Lemieux, scored early in the second , James hit for four and McAdams 3 before giving way to the 2nd unit. Sophomore Lauren Sanford hit a couple of nice 15 footers and Freshman Missy Grollnek hit one of two freethrows for a 32-12 halftime advantage.
The starters got a curtain call to start the 3rd quarter and made the most of it, particularly James, who ripped the nets for 11 in the 3rd including her first trey of the season. McAdams added 5 and Jr Sidney Thompson got on the board with 3. Lemieux hit a bucket and gave wat to Grollnek who hit one herself and it was 56-14 after three.
The reserves played the entire 4th and 4 of them scored. Grollnek hit for 4, Sanford and Zanetell dropped in 2 more each and Freshman Lily Thompson hit for two on a nice up and under move as the Mustangs pulled away for the final margin.
McAdams led all scorers with 21 points and grabbed 11 boards maintaining her double- double average of 19 and 12 in district play. James followed with 17 points, 8 steals and 9 assists. Grollnek ended with 7 points and 4 assists, while Zanetell and Sanford each had 6. Lemieux had 4 points, 5 steals, and 4 assists. Sisters Sidney and Lily Thompson scored 3 and 2, respectively.
The Mustangs have held their opponents to 20 points or less in all 6 of their victories. They will travel to Brookhill Tuesday and try to get another defensive effort and a road win. Again, winning at Brookhill would set up an exciting battle for first place with the Lutheran Lady Lions as the first seed entering the playoffs is still up for grabs.