MCA’s Brock Proud of Girls Basketball Team After Successful Run
The Midland Classical Lady Knights ended up winning the TAPPS 3A Girls State Basketball Tournament after eliminating McKinney Christian 60-55 in overtime during the regional finals last Tuesday, Feb. 25.
MCA coach Lee Brock said he appreciated the heart his girls showed and called Midland a worthy opponent. Brock’s Mustangs had reeled off 15 straight wins by an average of greater than 30 points points including play off wins of 68-15 over Bethesda and 58-30 over Legacy Christian
“It is always tough to lose your last game,” Brock said. “The girls played extremely hard against a worthy opponent. Foul trouble and turnovers were our downfall. Still, the girls had a tremendous season. Another district championship and 20 win season in which we repeatedly overcame illness and injury. Our starters improved their games and our backups did as well. That Classic went on to win the State over Lake Country and Brentwood by solid margins 50-31 and 54-41 may be of some solace, but the truth of it is we were good enough to win it, but did not. It is up to us to decide if we want to make that effort in the off season to get to that next step.”
Junior point guard Julie James, a team captain, returned to the lineup against Midland after missing the rest of the playoffs with an injury. She scored 17 points. Sophomore Hannah Wilks led MCA with 19. Junior Kayce Zanetell added 15.
“The coaches could not be prouder of the girls,” Brock said. “Such a great group. One of the hardest working groups we have ever had. They model Christ by loving each other. They represent themselves, MCA, and their Lord well throughout their competitions. For that we are forever grateful. It has been a great privilege to coach them. We offer our heartfelt blessings to sweet Sarah (Grubbs, a senior) and thanks for giving such tremendous effort for these four years.”