Girls basketball to host McKinney North


Sophie Starnes

Junior Carson McFadden guards a teammate while trying to pass to senior Ireland Miller.

Drew Doig, Staff Writer

After losing three out of four games to start district play, the girls basketball team (15-14, 1-3) will look to bounce back tonight, hosting McKinney North (8-16, 2-2) at 6:15 p.m.

The Bulldogs are led by junior Chelsea Wooten. The 5-7 guard has averaged 16 points per game this year along with four rebounds and assists as well. In their last game, McKinney North defeated district opponent Sherman 74-25.

“North has a very dynamic point guard who can make plays for herself and her teammates,” head coach Lance Boxell said. “We will have to control her and make others try to beat us.”

Senior Ireland Miller said she believes the team is well prepared for McKinney North.

“We have watched McKinney North play, and we know exactly what to do in order to win this game,” Miller said. “McKinney North does not play as hard as our team, and I think that will be our main advantage.”

Last Tuesday, the team lost to district opponent Princeton 59-49. Boxell said the lack of made free throws and 3-pointers were a big factor in the team’s loss.

“I thought we played hard versus Princeton but were not able to make enough shots to come out on top,” Boxell said. “We went 1 for 17 from the 3-point line and missed 13 free throws.”

In the Princeton game, guard Grace Bennett led the team in scoring with 22 points off the bench. Junior Carsen McFadden led the team in rebounding with 15 boards.

Despite the slow start, Boxell thinks the team still has a shot going forward to make the playoffs.

“We have been competitive in all four of our district games, so I believe our girls have the confidence going into Friday that we can win and go on a run in the second half of district to put us in good position for claiming a playoff spot,” Boxell said.

After the game against McKinney North, the team will go on the road to face Wylie East on Tuesday.