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The McKinney Christian Academy Lady Mustangs rebounded from Tuesday’s defeat with a 61-34 strumming of the Dallas Thunder in girls basketball Thursday night to move to 3-1 on the season. The Mustangs overcame some early resistance from the Thunder with some tenacious defense to blow the game open in the second and 3rd quarters to coast home with the win in the fourth.
“The girls picked up their trapping and their passing lane defense,” MCA coach Lee Brock said. “We were a little slow to rotate several times but they are getting better. We had some good individual efforts and saw evidence of some better passing as we work to become better as a team.”
The Mustangs used their strength inside to establish an early lead, as all 11 first-quarter points came from the frontline of seniors Kaitlynn McAdams and Sidney Thompson and freshman Hannah Wilks. Wilks had a basket and 4 of 4 from the line, McAdams stepped outside for a trey and Thompson put in a six footer. The Thunder broke the Mustang press a few times for easy baskets to keep it close for a while at 11-8 after one.
In the second period the Mustangs closed up the gaps and increased the pressure holding the Thunder to five points while hitting for 17. Point guard Julie James got rolling with 6 points off of steals and lane penetration and Wilks continued to pound inside on the offensive glass for 4 more. McAdams hit a couple of 15-foot bank shots and closed with a trey from the corner to beat the halftime buzzer.
Tuesday night the Mustangs had come out softly in the third period in their defeat to HSAA. The Mustangs may have learned their lesson, as they broke hard out of the second half gate with an intensified pressure defense, creating multiple turnovers en route to a 27-point explosion. The Thunder could only muster two baskets in the face of the assault. James led the Mustang attack with steals and assists, scoring 11 points herself including a 3 point 19 ‘9″ exclamation point at the end of the stanza. Wilks added 6 more, and McAdams 4. Lilly Thompson and Makenna Schulte got into the action with 2 each and it was 54-17 after 3.
The reserves played most of the 4th and The Thunder pressed them to a 17-6 quarter for the final 61-34 margin.
James led in points, assists and steals with 19, 7 and 5 respectively. McAdams and Wilks each ended with 16 points. Wilks led with 11 boards while McAdams had 6 caroms and 4 steals. Sidney and Lily Thompson, Sarah Gubbs, Kayce Zanetell and Makenna Schulte all scored 2 each.
By Quarters 1 2 H 3 4 Final
MCA 11 17 28 27 6 61
Dall Thunder 8 5 13 4 17 34
MCA will be in action next Tuesday, Nov. 13, hosting Lucas Christian.