The McKinney Christian Academy Lady Mustangs won their opening round game in the Bland Tournament on Thursday with a hard fought 55-49 basketball win over Nevada Community.
The Mustangs (7-2) moved to the winner’s bracket and will play Friday at 5:50 p.m. against host Bland High School.
MCA started strong out of the gate with its trapping defense and led 13-3 after one behind junior post Kaitlynn McAdams’ 9 points. Juniost forward Sidney Thompson and freshman point guard Julie James each pitched in a basket. They stretched the lead but a little to from 10 to 13 at the half as the Mustangs continued to score while Community began to solve the Mustang trap and put 14 on the board themselves. McAdams and James each hit for 6 in the period to lead the Mustangs into the break, up 30-17.
Community came out aggressive in the 3rd and, led by their 6foot-2 sophomore post Williams with 8 points, cut the lead to 35-31 and suddenly the Stangs were in a game.
Things were getting testy on the court and when senior guard Natalie Lemieux tried to draw a charging foul on Furr, the Community Point, she was knocked hard to the floor and out of the game. Thompson was whistled for her fourth foul early in the fourth period and the Mustangs were forced to go down the stretch with three freshmen: James, shooting guard backup Missy Grollnek, and backup forward Kaycie Zanetell. Joining them were a sophomore, wing Sarah Grubb, and the scoring leader McAdams.
McAdams was then knocked to the floor and had to leave the game. Things began to look a little dicey. No problem. Grollnek bombed a three pointer. Thompson came back in and scored on a putback. McAdams returned and took the team on her back. She fought hard down the stretch for bank shots and free throws and led the Mustangs with 12 points in the last period.
Just when the Mustangs began to get comfortable again, Community’s Tallant hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to cut the lead to three with 2 minutes to go. However, these Mustangs refused to fold to the pressure and when McAdams, James, and Grubbs canned their free throws in Crunch Time the game belonged to the Mustangs.
McAdams had another monster game with 30 points, 8 blocks, 10 rebounds and 4 steals. James continued her steady play with 12 points, 5 steals, 5 assists, and 5 boards. Thompson added 6 points. Grubbs had 3 points, 7 steals and 4 assists and Grollnek finished with 4 points.
The Mustangs moved to 7-2 on the season and will move