Submitted by TSB Community
The McKinney Christian Academy Lady Mustangs seized sole possession of first place in TAPPS District 4-3A basketball with a 48-38 win over the visiting Dallas Lutheran Lady Lions Tuesday night. The Lions and Mustangs were both undefeated in the district race prior to tonight’s contest and were intent on maintaining their front row positions. The game was a hotly contested affair with both teams playing tough defense and making sure every basket was earned. The Mustangs used a balanced attack early with four of the five Mustang starters scoring. Jr shooting guard, Sarah Grubbs, led the attack with six points in the first period while Kaitlynn McAdams, Julie James and Hannah Wilks registered individual buckets for a 12-10 Mustang lead. Lutheran countered with their senior leader Rebecca Bartel who, despite intense attention, scored eight points on the strength of two three point plays on drives to the basket.
The Mustangs began to build a lead in the second period as Wilks began to exert her will on the offensive glass for eight points. McAdams bombed a three pointer and added two freethrows and it looked like the Mustangs were off and running with a 10 point lead at one point, but Lutheran closed with a flurry on a three pointer by Haleigh Heil and two back door runners against the press by Cami Shannon to make it closer at 25-20 going into the clubhouse turn.
The Mustangs were in need of a leader to step up in the third and take charge the way McAdams had done against Brookhill the Friday night before when she lit up the Lady Guard for 8 points in the period after intermission to break open a close game. McAdams, the Mustangs Senior Co-Captain leader and scoring leader decided an encore performance was in order. After Wilks hit one of two freethrows, McAdams ran off the next 9 Mustang points on two of two from the line , two hard drives to the basket, and a signature three from the right side. Lutheran stayed within reach on baskets by Bartel and another trey by Heil and it was 35-27 after three.
All six Mustang losses this year have come by less than six points and five of those came early in the season by losing leads in the 4th quarter, but these Lady Mustangs appear to be toughening up a bit. They began the 4th quarter strong on defense,. James blocked a three point attempt by Heil and Grubbs grabbed the loose ball and fired back to James for a layup. The defense began to sink on Bartel and as Lutheran forced it in , deflections became turnovers in the Mustangs favor. James then got loose for a runner in the lane to stretch the lead to 14 at 41-27 and when McAdams misfired on a three point attempt, her mates ran down the offensive rebound for her and, given an extra chance, she promptly knocked down her third trey of the night. Turn out the lights the party was over. As the Mustangs emptied the bench, Heil would hit another three and Bartel would score four more but the Mustangs crossed the line alone in first at 48-38.
McAdams and Bartel would each lead their teams in scoring with 21 apiece, but McAdams had the better supporting cast. Wilks ended with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Grubbs had eight points and James six. The Mustangs have now won seven of their last eight and stand at 16-6 (3-0) and will travel to play First Baptist Academy Friday night. Dallas Lutheran will match up with Brookhill in a battle for second place in the first round of district play.
By quarters 1 2 H 3 4 Final
MCA 12 13 25 10 13 48
Lutheran 10 10 20 7 11 38