Sunday , 22 April 2018

MCA Girls Basketball Coach Says Players `Gave Us a Lot of Excitement’ as He Reflects on Disappointing Playoff Loss

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McKinney Christian Academy’s 43-34 regional championship loss to Lubbock Christian School last Tuesday night ended its girls basketball season sooner than it would have liked. However, coach Lee Brock said he wouldn’t trade this season for the world.

“They had a very fine season and we are quite proud of them,” Brock said of his players. “It was disappointing we did not play our best in this last game and it is always disappointing to lose, but it does not diminish what they accomplished this year.”

Brock pointed out that his team had a district championship, two playoff wins, a 23-7 overall record and a 13-game win streak mixed in.

“They gave us a lot of excitement and a lot of laughs,” Brock said. “We cherish them dearly for being the gifts from God that they are. We pray that their lives have been enriched by the experience.”

MCA’s final game took place in Abilene. And the Mustangs did not go down without a fight. In fact, MCA trailed only 38-34 with two minutes to play. The Mystangs forced a missed shot from the Eagles and rebounded the ball, only to have the outlet pass intercepted by Ashlee De la Cruz, the diminutive  5-foot-3 Eagle pistolero, the Mustangs’ nemesis all night, who then converted the steal into a layup and an insurmountable six-point lead.

The Mustangs looked to their holsters, but they were out of bullets, they would not score again. The Eagles played keep away and free throw practice for the final margin.

Freshman Hannah Wilks  led the Mustangs in scoring with 15 points, followed by Kaitlynn McAdams with 13 and Julie James with 6. McAdams led in rebounds with 9, while Wilks had 8 and James 5. Ashlee De la Cruz led all scorers with 19  for the Eagles.

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