Tuesday , 20 March 2018

Lady Mustangs Take Third Place in MCA Roundball Roundup

Submitted by TSB Community

The McKinney Christian Academy Lady Mustangs won two out of three and defeated the Bland Tigers 43-32 for the third place trophy in last weekend’s fourth annual Mckinney Christian Academy Roundball Roundup. Senior Captain Kaitlynn McAdams averaged 16 points a game for the tourney and was named to the six-member all tournament team.

The Mustangs openend the tourney with a narrow 37-35 win over Rockwall Heritage and then turned around the next night and lost to Abundant Life Academy by the exact score of 37-35. McAdams led the Mustangs in the opener with 18 points and MCA was able to survive a horrific opening quarter in which they score only three points. It was their first action after the Christmas break and McAdams was shut out in the period as was fellow high scorer Hannah Wilks who went 0-4 from the free throw line in the first. The Mustangs could manage only a basket by Kaycee Zanetell and a freethrow by Sarah Grubbs in falling behind 10-3.

Fortunately, the Mustangs woke up in the second period as McAdams hit for 9 in the quarter and Wilks found her shot with 4 of 4 freethrows and a layup for the other 6 of MCA’s 15 points as they went to intermission with an 18-15 lead. The Mustangs then held serve in the third stretching the lead to 7 as McAdams opened the period  with a trey and added 4 more. Sidney Thompson added a basket from the baseline and Fr Makenna Schulte hit one of two from the line.

The fourth was a tight affair as Rockwall fought to get back in it. M Schroepfer drove the lane repeatedly for 8 points in the last period but the Mustangs countered with 4 by Wilks and 2 each by McAdams and Thompson. Grubbs added another freethrow down the stretch.

              1           2               H            3           4         F

MCA     3             15          18             10          9        37

RHC     10             5            15              6        14        35

Advancing to the winners bracket  the Mustangs faced perennial power Abundant Life of Arkansas, a team the Mustangs have played in the winners bracket of this tourney twice before, losing the last time in OT in 2010. This one would be just as close. The Mustangs started well behind Wilks strong first quarter and 7points. Mcadams hit a bucket for 9 total as the Mustangs concentrated on ALA’s top scorer , Lauren McClendon who shook loose for 4, A Battle bombed two 3 pointers for a 10-9 lead.

Battle would hit two more threes in the second, but everyone else went quiet as things got defensive. Grubbs hit a jumper, McAdams added a freethrow and McClendon hit two freebies for the team from Arkansas as they took a 18-12 lead into intermission.

After scoring only 3 points in the first half, McAdams   then caught fire with 10 points in the third to get the Mustangs back into it. Wilks pitched in 4 for the Mustangs but Battle hit another trey and then number 00 S Sobba, who scored not a point in the first half, threw in two three pointers from the top of the key to hold off the Stangs at 30-26 after three.

The fourth quarter was an intense affair. Wilks got rolling with 5 points and McAdams added another bucket, but Battle hit her sixth three pointer of the night. Sophomore Lily Thompson hit a 15 footer to tie the game at 35 all, but McClendon answered with a drive to the left of the lane and then, following a Mustang miss, dribbled out the clock as Abundant Life escaped the Mustangs yet again, 37-35. 

                      1               2             H          3               4                  final

MCA             9                3             12        14              9                   35

ALA              10              8               18       12            7                     37

In the third place game  the Mustangs took control early and never really looked back, leading 20-11 at the half and 36-19 after three. The bench played liberally and the Mustangs closed out the Tigers 43-32.  McAdams and Wilks led the way again with 15 and 14 respectively and were joined by Sidney Thompson in double figures with her career high of 10 points. Schulte added 4 to round out the Mustang attack.

McAdams was joined on the All tourney team by McLendon and Kate Chandler of ALA, who would fall to Dallas Thunder in the Championship. The  Thunder placed Ebone Curry, Rachel McAffee and Mary Moss on the team.

The Mustangs stand at 11-6 on the season and prepare for district play this coming week.

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