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January 5, 2013

McKinney North beats Greenville Lions, Lady Lions


GREENVILLE —   No. 7 state-ranked McKinney North held off the determined Greenville Lady Lions, winning 69-48 in District 13-4A basketball on Friday night in the Lions Den.

  McKinney North jumped out to a 13-3 lead in the first quarter and kept the pressure on to stay perfect in 13-4A play at 5-0 and improve to 20-3 for the season.

  The Lady Lions dropped to 11-8 for the season and 1-4 in district play.

  “We’re just fighting for a spot,” said Lady Lions coach Lesa Darst. “Fighting to be in the mix.”

McKinney North went on a 10-1 run in the first quarter as the Lady Lions went nearly four minutes without a field goal.

  Elizabeth Rutherford hit a three and Mackenzie Cooper produced a three-point play to bring the Lady Lions to within 15-9 in the first quarter.

  The Lady Lions kept the deficit under 20 points for most of the rest of the game, closing to within 56-43 with 5:18 to play.

  But McKinney North’s Mikaehla Connor and Chanterria Jackson hit some key shots to keep the Lady Lions from getting any closer.

  Jackson finished with a game-high 24 points for the Lady Bulldogs, who also collected 12 from Conner and 10 each from Alexis Mason and Amy Kleynhans.

  Rutherford knocked down three 3-pointers on the way to a team-high 15 points for the Lady Lions. Cooper added 13 points to go with five rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots. Savannah Himes chipped in 12 points.

                              District 13-4A girls

McKinney North    19    12    25    13    —69

Greenville               9    17    17    11    —48

  MN: Viona Vraniqi 3, Ali Michalok 2, Alexis Mason 10, Chanterria Jackson 24, Jocelyn Scott 8, Amy Kleynhans 10, Mikaehla Connor 12.

  G: Arian Alford 2, Maddy Crabtree 2, Mackenzie Cooper 13, Elizabeth Rutherford 15, Savannah Himes 12, Cortney Luna 3.

  Record: MN 20-3, 5-0; G 11-8, 1-4.

  Next game: Greenville at Denison, Tuesday.

                           Junior varsity girls

McKinney North 21    15    18    16    —70

Greenville            1      9      9      8    —27

  M: Casso 17, Ellis 14.

  G: Smith 12, Sweat 8.

McKinney North 75,

Greenville 71

  McKinney North spoiled Greenville’s home debut in 2013, handing the Lions a 75-71 District 13-4A basketball loss on Friday night.

  It was the Lions’ first home game of the new year and their first since Nov. 24.

Greenville gave up a 12-point lead as the Lions dropped to 11-11 for the season and 0-3 in district play.

  “Thirteen turnovers in the first half hurt us,” said Lions coach Marcus Smith. “In the fourth quarter we had a two to three minute lapse on defense. We played three great quarters and the fourth quarter we kind of broke down defensively.”

  Smith said the Lions also need to cut down on their turnovers.

  Jola Otubu led the Bulldogs with 17 points, while Steele Douglas added 15, Julion Pearre 12, Kody Wilson 11 and Bryson Brown 10 as McKinney North improved to 10-7 overall and 2-1 in district play.

Jerry Dickeson topped the Lions with 17 points. Collen Wilburn and Dartannon Wilson both fired in 14 points and Darion Neal added 10.

                              Varsity boys

McKinney North    19    23    18    15    —75

Greenville              20    23    17    11    —71

  MN: Jola Otubu 17, Steele Douglas 15, Julion Pearre 12, Kody Wilson 11, Bryson Brown 10, Collin Curran 9.

  G: Jerry Dickeson 17, Collen Wilburn 14, Dartannon Wilson 14, Darion Neal 10, Brady Mulkey 6, Marlon Mack 5, Marquis Taylor 5.

  Record: MN 10-7, 2-1; G 11-11, 0-3.

                              Junior varsity boys

McKinney North     5    11    12    21    —49

Greenville            15    17    10     1    — 43

  MN: Defelice 15.

  G: Brandon Forbes 21.

                              Freshman boys

McKinney North    12    22    10    21    —65

Greenville             11    16    16    17    —60

  MN: Hudson 15.

  G: Spencer Gilbert 16.

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