MCA Girls Basketball Team Wins Playoff Opener Against Fort Worth Bethesda
McKinney Christian Academy’s girls basketball team entered the TAPPS 3A playoffs Monday afternoon with a No. 1 seed after finishing District 4-3A play with a perfect 10-0 mark.
“It is a tribute to the hard work and talent of these girls,” Lady Mustangs coach Lee Brock said.
And after beating Bethesda School of Fort Worth, 68-15, in the opening round, MCA certainly looked like a No. 1 seed, too, en route to its 14th consecutive win.
Next the Lady Mustangs will play in the Area round against the winner of Frisco Legacy Christian, the runner up in district 3, and Brook Hill Academy’s Lady Guard, the third-place team out of the Mustangs’ own district. Legacy and Brook Hill square off Tuesday at 6 at the Legacy gym.
On Monday, Lily Thompson led MCA with 20 points, Anna Keebler added 19 and Hannah Wilks scored 17. The Lady Mustangs played without two starters: senior point guard Julie James, who suffered an ankle injury in the final game of the regular season last week, and sophomore post Makenna Schulte, who is also injured. Bethesda was a No. 5 seed from District 2.
MCA improved to 19-6 with the victory Monday, which came easily enough. The Lady Mustangs jumped ahead 20-4 after one quarter and 33-6 at halftime.
Last week, in fact, MCA won its 12th and 13th consecutive games, beating First Baptist Academy 66-18 on Feb. 11 and the Dallas Thunder 58-25 on Feb. 14. The Lady Mustangs finished district play 10-0 after the win over First Baptist and the game against the Thunder was a playoff warmup game.
Hannah Wilks scored 20 and Julie James 18 to lead MCA against First Baptist. James went down with an ankle injury against the Thunder but her teammates picked up the slack. Wilks had a monster game with 21 points, 21 rebounds, 7 blocked shots and 6 steals. Kayce Zanetell hit 5 threes for 15 points and had 6 rebounds and 4 steals.