McKinney Christian Academy junior basketball player Kaitlynn McAdams was named to the All-Tournament Team in the Bland Tournament that took place over the weekend.
McAdams, a post player, scored 41 points in 2 1/2 games and was named to the All-Tourney team as the Mustangs took 4th place out of the nine teams in the tourney. McAdams did this despite missing the first half of Saturday’s third-place game against Campbell because she was taking the SAT test.
After defeating Nevada Community in the first round last Thursday, the Lady Mustangs moved to the winners bracket. But the results there weren’t as hoped. The Lady Mustangs lost 36-31 to Ector on Friday, then in Saturday’s third-place game fell 37-27 to Campbell.
The Lady Eagles of Ector had defeated the tourney host Bland in their opener, so MCA knew it was in for a battle. The first quarter was a see saw affair as the teams traded baskets to an 8-8 tie before Crowell of Ector hit a three at the buzzer to give the eagles the lead after one 11-8. Freshman point Julie James led MCA with 6 points in the first period and Sophomore wing Sarah Grubbs added a basket.
Crowell’s three would be the first of 4 first half treys for the Eagles as they followed with 3 more in the second stanza to jump to a 10-point halftime advantage at 26-16. The Mustangs stayed within striking distance behind 4 more by James 2 by Freshman backup shooting guard Missy Grollnek and 2 more by the Mustangs leading scorer Jr Post Kaitlynn McAdams who had been strangely quiet following her 30 point performance the night before.
Coming out of the halftime break the Mustangs made a defensive change to silence the Eagles’ long range attack. It worked, as Ector would not score another 3 pointer the rest of the way and were held to 4 points total for the third period . The Mustangs began to make a run as McAdams began to get loose. She hit for 4 more in the third, as did Grubbs. James added a basket and Grollnek a free throw as the Mustangs closed to 30-27 after three and the Mustangs were in reach of advancing to the championship game.
Grollnek hit one of two freebies to open the fourth when fouled off a steal and fast break to pull within two at 30-28. McAdams made the rally complete hitting a three pointer from the top and the Mustangs had their first lead since the opening basket at 31-30. Crowell would come back to haunt the Mustangs with two more baskets from the high post. The Mustangs had no more answers, however, as unlike the night before, they did not execute in crunch time, falling 36-31 and were bounced to the third place game on Saturday.
James led the Mustangs in scoring with 12 points followed by McAdams with 9, Grubbs with 6 and Grollnek with 4. James added 5 assists, 3 steals and 5 rebounds to her line while McAdams added 6 boards.
In Saturday’s third place game the Mustangs faced Campbell who had fallen to Leonard the night before. The Mustangs started the game without McAdams, who was taking the SAT that morning. Freshman Kaycie Zanetell stepped and started in her place as she opened at forward and Jr Forward Sidney Thompson was moved to the Post. The Mustangs performed admirably in McAdams ‘ absence.
James hit for six in the opening quarter again. Thompson, Grubbs and Zanetell added buckets and MCA was in it, down only one at 13-12 after one. James continued to aggravate Campbell with her defensive pressure and scored again off of a steal. Zanetell scored on a putback. James then hit 3 of 4 freethrows to pull the Mustangs within two and when Zanetell scored another put back at the halftime buzzer it was all even at 21 apiece.
The Mustangs started the second half the way they started the game with baskets by James and Zanetell and received a morale boost early in the third when McAdams appeared fresh from her exam. It was 25 all when Haley Davidson knocked down a three to give Campbell a 28-25 lead after three.
Perhaps it was the fatigue of the third game tough game in a row, or the fatigue of 5 games in 6 days, or the fact that McAdams had no chance to warm up, but in any event the Mustangs went into the 4th quarter shooting blanks, missing shot after shot, managing only a single basket by McAdams, 2-points for the quarter and 6 for the half in going down, 37-27. The Mustangs record drops to 7-4 on the season with the two losses.
James led MCA with 13 points while Zanetell followed with 8. Thompson, Grubbs and McAdams each ended with 2. James also led in assists with 4 and had 5 steals. Zanetell and Grubbs led in boards with 6 each. Thompson led with 3 blocks and garnered 5 caroms.
McAdams scored 41 points in the 2 and half games and was named to the All-Tourney team as the Mustangs took 4th place out of the 9 teams in the tourney.
MCA is next in action in a rematch with Paris Home School tonight — Monday night — in a game scheduled for 7:30, but may be moved up to 6:30 depending on the weather and Paris’ travel requirements.