The McKinney Christian girls basketball team got back on the winning track with a 37-23 win over the Dallas Thunder Monday night to raise its record to 5-2.
The Lady Mustangs jumped on the Thunder early with a tenacious trapping defense. They led 12-5 after the first period, thanks to Sidney Thompson and Sarah Grubbs with 4 each. Julie James and Nat Lemieux also added baskets for MCA as the balanced attack was instrumental for the Mustangs while their leading scorer Kaitlynn McAdams (18ppg) was slow getting her scoring groove going. She did not score in the opening period, but her teammates picked up the scoring slack.
McAdams would not be shut out for long, however, as she responded with 7 in the second period including a long three pointer and Thompson added 4 more as the Mustangs stretched their lead to 23-13 after two.
The third period was a defensive struggle as MCA outscored the Thunder only 5-4 behind 3 by James and two more by Thompson for a 28-17 3rd quarter lead.
The last stanza was equally contested going 9-6 Mustangs with Freshman shooting guard Missy Grollnek coming off the bench to hit 3 of 4 freethrows to help close out the Thunder. McAdams, James and Lemieux each added 2 points in the final stanza.
Junior forward Sidney Thompson led the Mustangs in scoring for the first time in her career with 10 points and she also grabbed 6 boards . McAdams followed with 9 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks while James had 7 points, 11 rebounds and 5 steals. Grubbs and Lemieux ended with 4 points each and Grubbs dished out a team leading 4 assists while grabbing 7 boards and 4 steals.
Ebone Curry led the Thunder with 13 points.
MCA will play Tuesday night at Carrollton Christian at 6 p.m.