The McKinney boys hoops team beat Wylie East on the road Friday to clinch a spot in the 4A playoffs.
McKinney High 76, Wylie East 69: The Lions (9-2) got 30 points from Jonathan Shannon as leading scorer AJ Moutry missed his second sraight game with an injury. But MHS is 2-0 in those games and on Friday clinched a playoff berth. MHS led 57-45 going into the fourth quarter, then held off East for the win. Raynell Denny and Nate Higgins each added 12 points for MHS. East fell to 4-7 and is close to elimination from the playoffs, needing to win its final three games and hope North loses all three of its own. MHS, in second place in 10-4A travels to first-place Highland Park on Tuesday, Feb. 7.
Rockwall 71, McKinney North 69: The Bulldogs could have clinched a playoff berth with a win. The Bulldogs still remain one win away from the playoffs with three regular season game to go. This one was TSB's Game of the Week coverage, so for sports writer Mike Bruu's full story, please click here.
McKinney Boyd 51, North Garland 26: The Broncos won big against the last-place North Garland squad, which fell to 1-10 in District 10-5A. Boyd (4-7) led 12-4 after the first quarter and 20-9 at halftime. Faisal Monsour led Boyd with 13 points. Boyd travels to Sachse on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The Broncos remain two games behind Garland (6-5) for the fourth and final playoff spot from the district with three regular season games to go.
McKinney Christian 45, Dallas Lutheran 43: The Mustangs rallied for the win Friday after falling behind 16-8. Kaelen Malone scored 22 to lead MCA and Zach Bollinger added 12. MCA travels to Shelton on Tuesday, Feb. 7.
McKinney North 41, Rockwall 40: The Lady Bulldogs (9-4 in District 10-4A) knocked off district leader Rockwall (11-2), who has already clinched the title, on the road. Alexis Mason scored 15 and Mikaehla Conor 15 to lead the Lady Dogs. North trailed 32-31 going into the fourth quarter but rallied in this back-and-forth game. North plays host to Wylie on Tuesday, Feb. 7. North and Wylie are tied at 9-4, along with Highland Park, in the standings. One of the teams among North (9-4), Wylie (9-4), Highland Park (9-4) and McKinney High (8-5) will get left out of the playoffs, depending on Tuesday's results.
McKinney High 47, Wylie East 26: The Lionttes (8-5) won big on the road Friday, getting 14 points from leading scorer Breana Smalls. MHS, despite 23 overall wins, remained in fifth place in District 10-4A and a game out of the playoff picture behind three teams tied at 9-4, including McKinney North, Wylie and Highland Park. MHS plays host to Highland Park on Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the final regular season game. MHS won the first meeting, 68-65, at HP, earlier in the season.
McKinney Boyd 52, North Garland 16: The Lady Broncos rolled easily, jumping ahead 16-4 after the first quarter and 29-8 at the half. In fact, North Garland was limited to just four points in every quarter. Julia Hendrieth led Boyd with 13 points. Haley Carruthers and Charmaine Celestine added 10 apiece. North Garland fell to 0-13 in the district and hasn't won a game all season, including more than 20 regular season games. Boyd travels to Sachse on Tuesday, Feb. 7, in its final regular season game. The Lady Broncos, unfortunately, remained a game behind Garland Lakeview Centennial (7-6) for the fourth and final playoff spot out of District 10-5A.