McKinney Christian Academy’s girls basketball team finished district play with a 55-31 shelling of the Shelton School Tuesday night. Despite being shorthanded due to illness and injury, the Mustangs romped to the victory against Shelton as all those on the Mustang bench saw considerable action in what will be the last non competitive game of the season. The Mustangs will be against playoff or playoff caliber opponents the rest of the way. The Mustangs moved to 19-11 on the season and closed district alone in second place at 8-2.
Here is hoping they get well quickly to do so. Already down two reserves to injury, sophomores Lauren Sanford (back) and Kylie Madry (ankle), the Mustangs were without starter and junior co-captain Sidney Thompson (flu) and when fellow junior co-captain Kaitlynn McAdams got the flu bug herself at halftime the Mustangs’ 10 member team was down to 6 healthy bodies.
Fortunately, the Mustangs had established a a 31-11 halftime lead behind 12 points by freshman point Julie James, 8 by freshman Kayce Zanetell, and 6 by McAdams. Senior captainNat Lemieux added a trey and Soph Sarah Grubbs donated a 12 foot bank shot.
The other two healthy bodies on the young Mustang bench, freshmen Missy Grubbs and Lily Thompson, saw plenty of action in both halves. Grollnek made the most of hers with 13 points in the second half, including 3 pointers in the 3rd and 4th quarters. The Mustangs cruised home in the 4th for the 55-31 win, happy to go home and hopefully get healthy before next week’s playoffs.
The Mustangs were led by James with 18 points, 9 steals , 8 assists, and 8 rebounds. As above, Grollnek had 13 points and 3 steals. Thrust into the starting forward role, freshman Zanetell had a career high 11 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and 5 steals. McAdams did not play in the second half and ended with 6 points, 6 steals and 4 boards. Lemieux hit for 5 points and had 5 thefts. Grubbs finished with only 2 points, but tied with Zanetell with 9 rebounds and also had 5 steals.
The Mustangs are set to host the first round of the playoffs Tuesday night at 7 p.m. against Legacy Christian Academy of Frisco. The game will be at MCA’s Joshua’s Gymnasium as will Friday night’s warmup game versus Gateway Academy of Dallas. That game will begin at 6:30 p.m. The MCA boys, also in the playoffs will play Ovilla
Christain in another warmup game to follow at 8 p.m.
the back room for an impromptu pre-playoff gathering.