The McKinney Christian varsity girls basketball team picked up two wins in the Consolation bracket to win the Consolation Championship at the S&S for the Love of the Game Tourney this weekend.
The Mustangs moved to 10-5 on the season and are next in action Thursday night at Yavneh.
“The girls continue to play with intensity and effort,” MCA coach Lee Brock said. “They are cutting down on their turnovers and beginning to show signs of executing the offense. They are learning the importance of details in that execution, I think. Yavneh will be another good test as we ready for district.”
The Mustangs defeated Blue Ridge 42-30 Friday to advance to the Consolation finals against Valley View. On Saturday the Lady Mustangs broke away from a 16 all halftime tie to defeat Valley View 36-31 and take home the trophy.
Friday afternoon against Blue Ridge the Mustangs broke open a close game in the second quarter and raced to a 12-point halftime advantage behind Freshman point guard Julie James’ 15 first half points. Leading only 9-7after the first quarter the Mustangs outscored the Tigers 16-6 in the second, largely on James’ penetrating drives and steals that she converted into fast break layups. Post Kaitlynn McAdams added 4 in the half. Missy Grollnek 3, Sarah Grubbs 2 and Nat Lemieux 1 as the Mustangs established an insurmountable lead.
They stretched the lead slightly in the 3rd on 4 more by McAdams, and 2 more by James and Grubbs for a 33-19 3rd quarter advantage.
The Tigers made a brief run in the 4th on two three-pointers by Price, but the Mustangs closed them out with 4 more by McAdams, 3 by James, and 2 by forward Sidney Thompson.
James led the Mustangs with 20 points, 6 assists and 7 steals. McAdams ended with 12 points and 13 rebounds. The rest went 4, 3, 2, 1 by Grubbs, Grollnek,Thompson and Lemieux respectively.
The battle for the Consolation hardware versus the Valley View Eagles was a more exciting affair. The outcome was not decided until the final minutes. Each of the Mustangs in the top seven rotation made big plays in the game to help the Mustangs to victory. The Mustangs were led by James and McAdams once again with 15 and 10 points respectively, but they were helped at critical times by their teammates.
The Mustangs were down 10-8 after the first quarter as Valley View’s L. Zimmerer bombed two three pointers. James, on the other hand kept the Mustangs in it, scoring all 8 of the Mustang points. The Mustangs paid a little more attention to Zimmerer, from then on out actually holding her scoreless the rest of the game. McAdams got on the board with 4 in the second. James added 3 more and Thompson hit a freethrow as the Mustangs went into the lockerroom knotted up at 16 all.
In three of the Mustangs’ 5 losses the Mustangs had held second half leads only to falter late. At halftime they were challenged to close the deal and they responded in a manner that hopefully will set the tone for the rest of the season. The Mustangs came out with an active, aggressive, trapping defense and forced several Valley View turnovers, limiting the Eagles to 4 3rd quarter points. James hit a layup and followed that with two freethrows and McAdams made a strong drive to the basket for a layup and it was 22-20 Mustangs. Junior forward Sidney Thompson then grabbed a missed shot, went up strong with the follow and swished the net at the buzzer for a 24-20 3rd quarter lead.
The Mustangs got a spark off of the bench early in the 4th when Freshman Missy Grollnek stepped up and laced a 20-footer through the nets for a 27-20 lead. Valley View was not finished, however, and made a game of it down the stretch. McAdams lead the Mustangs with 4 more in the fourth and the Mustangs held a slim 31-28 lead with 1:30 to play when Soph Sarah Grubbs made her biggest play of the season. With the Mustangs in their delay game McAdams was fouled. She missed the front end of the one and one, but Grubbs knifed through for the rebound and the quick putback and it was 33-28 Mustangs. That would prove to be the final margin as the Mustangs were able to run out the clock and gain their 10th win of the season.
James led MCA with 15 points and 6 rebounds followed by McAdams with 10 points, 5 boards and 2 blocks. Thompson and Grollnek ended with 3 each and Grubbs had a very important two points.