MCA Girls Basketball Team Moves Into 1st Place
The MCA Lady Mustangs took sole possession of first place in District 4 3-A with a 71-34 pasting of rival Dallas Lutheran on Tuesday night at the Lions’ gym.
“Another outstanding defensive effort,” McKinney Christian coach Lee Brock called it.
The Mustangs improved to 11-6 on the season and are alone in first place at 4-0. Dallas Lutheran drops to 3-1 with the loss and is set to play Brook Hill, also 3-1, for second place this Friday. The Mustangs will host First Baptist Academy Friday night to wrap up the first half of district play.
The Mustangs continued their tenacious defense, holding the Lions to five points until leading scorer Rebecca Bartel hit a three-pointer over the Mustangs’ Julie James for their eighth point of the quarter. It was the only basket of the night James would allow her and the defensive effort on the Lions leading scorer set the tone for the rest of the game.
The Mustangs managed 14 first quarter points on two big threes by Kasey Zanetell, four points by Hannah Wilks and two each by James and Makenna Schulte. With those eight points the Mustangs have now given up a total of 11 points in the first quarter of the four district games combined.
Wilks then led the Mustang offense to a 28-point explosion in the second quarter, scoring 15 herself. James added six, Schulte hit for four more and Lily Thompson knocked down a three for a 42-16 halftime lead. Wilks was unstoppable in the period, getting to the basket for three separate three-point plays and scoring on an assortment of spinning drives and pull-up jumpers. Frequently she was the target of James who had 10 assists on the night.
The Mustangs relaxed to a halfcourt defense in the second half and managed to control play, limiting the Lions to six third-quarter points. James and Wilks matched that themselves with a three-pointer each. When Sarah Grubbs and Anna Keebler each hit from 15 feet it was 57-22 after three quarters. The Mustangs reserves went most of the way in the fourth and Bartel was able to pick up seven of her 16 in the last stanza after James had retired for the night. Schulte hit Katie Pawlish on a nice feed and Pawlish knocked down a 12-footer. Schulte then fouled out on a Bartel drive and Wilks was forced to return to the lineup to join Pawlish on the front line. Grubbs and scored again and it was the Mustangs who were all alone in first place, emphatically.
Wilks had another big night with 13 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks. James also had a double double with 15 points and 10 assists. She also pulled down seven rebounds. Schulte and Zanetell each finished with six points. Thompson had five, Grubbs four, and Pawlish and Keebler two each. Bartel finished with 16 for the Lions.