Several McKinney Christian Academy girls basketball players received honors and high praise at the district meeting last week.
The Lady Mustangs finished second in district play with an 8-2 record including two last minute losses to first place Dallas Lutheran (10-0). It is said “to the winners go the spoils” and as such the Mustangs finished second to the Lady Lions in most of the balloting, but they were indeed honored well nonetheless for their fine season.
The Mustangs’ Kaitlynn McAdams was runner up to Lutheran’s Minnie Essein in the MVP voting and freshman Julie James was second to Lutheran’s Amanda Afkhamania in the for Defensive Player of the Year.
Three Lady Mustangs, junior Kaitlynn McAdams, freshman Julie James and senior Natalie Lemieux, were named to the 12-member first team.
Junior Sidney Thompson was named to the second team and sophomoreSarah Grubbs was named Honorable Mention.
McAdams, who averaged 17.1 ppg and 8 rebounds per game, was named to the first team for the second straight year and was the number two vote getter in the district, second only to Lutheran senior Minnie Esssein (19 ppg and 12 reb per game).
James was the Mustang point guard, went off as the No. 4 rated player in the district, and also was named Freshman of the Year. Running the point, she was the engine for the Mustang attack. She averaged 13 points per game, 7 rebounds per game, 5 assists and 7 steals per game. She was also runner up to Lutheran’s Amanda Afkhaminia for Defensive Player of the Year.
Lemieux, the lone senior on the Mustangs, was named to the first team for the first time. A second-team selection last year, she was mostly a defensive stopper for the Mustangs, but also stepped up to hit some timely baskets for them. Though a diminutive 5-foot-2 in stature, her defensive prowess came from her relentless effort. As an example, in 5 games versus Canyon Creek’s explosive scorer, Kelsey Middlekoop (15 ppg, 1st team all-district) over the last two seasons, Lemieux limited her to an average of 4 points per contest. Furthermore, in a tight game at Brookhill she nailed two critical three pointers to help secure the 10-point win and second place in district.
Thompson, a first year starter and a co-captain for the Mustangs this year, helped solidify the frontline and did most of her work on the boards averaging 5 rebounds per game and 4 points per game.
Also a first year starter, Grubbs had a perfunctory performance on the wing this year, but excelled on the defensive end, applying constant pressure to the opponents point guards and scorers and being a absolute menace on the Mustang press. In one district game she registered 11 steals. She averaged 5 rebounds and 4 steals per game.
The TAPPS DISTRICT 4-3A All District First Team (In order of selection)
1 Minnie Essein Sr Dallas Lutheran
2 Kaitlynn McAdams Jr Mckinney Christian
3 Alexis Renne So Canyon Creek
4 Julie James Fr Mckinney Christian
5 Kelsey Middlekoop Sr Canyon Creek
6 Bartel So Dallas Lutheran
7 Williams So Brookhill
8 H. Heil Dallas Lutheran
9 Anderson Fr Brookhill
10 Amanda Afkhaminia Sr Dallas Lutheran
11 Pugh Shelton Jr
12 Natalie Lemieux Sr Mckinney Christian
Most Valuable Player Minnie Essein Dallas Lutheran
Offensive Player of the Year tie Minnie Essein (19 ppg) Dallas Lutheran and Alexi Rinne (18 ppg)
Defensive Player of the Year Amanda Afkhaminia Dallas Lutheran
Freshman of the Year Julie James Mckinney Christian