The McKinney Christian Academy Lady Mustangs began 2014 on a positive note on the basketball court with two big wins last week, defeating Rockwall Heritage 65-22 and Canyon Creek Christian 59-9. In each win, the Mustangs used a stifling defense to kickstart their offense and ran out to big leads before coasting in with the wins.
The Mustangs have now won four out of their last five games and have moved to 8-6 (1-0 in district play) on the season. They are next in action at Yavnah Academy Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in district play.
“The defensive effort was outstanding by and large (last week),” MCA coach Lee Brock said. “We have a few holes yet we have to fill, but the ability to provide pressure and stop penetration by our guards is key. If everyone else rises to that level we will be a difficult out, indeed. Offensively, we are passing much better. We need to get our shooting percentage up all across the board.”
In the Mustangs’ last game prior to district play, the Mustangs hosted Rockwall Heritage and put the defensive clamps on the Warriors en route to a 22-1 first quarter lead and a 39-8 lead at the half. Hannah Wilks and Julie James continue to lead the scoring and hit for 14 and 12 respectively in the first half.
The Mustang reserves played liberally in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter quarters as most of them scored and gained some valuable floor time prior to district play. Wilks ended the game with 25 points and 11 rebounds. James closed with 14 points 8 rebounds 5 steals and 4 assists. Sarah Grubbs had 6 points 10 rebounds 5 steals and 2 assists. Freshman Anna Keebler also had 6 points. Shooting guard Kasey Zanetell had 5 points And post Makenna Schulte had 4. Katie Pawlish had 3 and Lily Thompson had 2 pts.
The Mustangs opened the defense of their District 4-3A Championship with a 59-9 thumping of Canyon Creek. Once again the Mustang defense was impenetrable from the get go and held Canyon Creek scoreless for the first 4 minutes. Unfortunately, despite several good looks at the basket, the Mustangs were shooting blanks as well and it was 0-0 after half a quarter. The Mustangs then caught fire and exploded for 18 pts in the next 4 minutes while the Cougars could manage only 2 free throws and it was 18-2 after 1.
The attack slowed just a little in the second as the Mustangs called off the press and emptied the bench. They had 18 more in the stanza as Wilks continued to pour in points with 15 for the half. James and Grubbs continued their shutdown defense and scored 7 and 6, respectively. It was 36-5 at the break.
The starters got 4 minutes of the third and stretched the lead out to 50-5 before wholesale substitutions in the middle of the period. After 3 it was 57-9 and the scoring was effectively done. Only one basket was scored in the last period and it was a 59-9 final. Wilks led all scorers with 26 points and added 14 rebounds and 7 steals. Grubbs hit double figures with 10 and had 7 steals 6 rebounds and 4 assists. James had 9 points and 6 steals and 7 assists . Schulte, Zanetell and Anna Keebler each had 4 points and Thompson added a basket to close out the scoring.