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McKinney North inches toward ultimate goal, clinches district title with 57-41 win over Wylie
WYLIE — The McKinney North girls have Austin on their mind.
They got one step closer to their goal with a 57-41 victory against host Wylie on Friday night, clinching the District 13-4A title.
“We just want to finish strong,” North point guard Alexis Mason said. “We’ve got district, so we want to just keep going and win state.”
Mason, a four-year varsity player, helped bring eighth-ranked McKinney North its first playoff berth as a freshman in 2010. The team advanced to the Class 4A regional finals that season.
Mason, who signed with Abilene Christian, scored a game-high 22 points. She was 6-of-12 from the floor and 9-of-13 from the free throw line.
Forward Chanterria Jackson added 18 points, and Mikaehla Connor and Jocelyn Scott added seven points apiece.
North (26-3, 11-0) played a near-perfect first half, shooting 63 percent from the field and committing only six turnovers. It outscored Wylie 19-7 in the second quarter and led 34-17 at the break.
“I was very glad they were focused tonight,” North coach Michael Oldham said. “It was a big game for us, clinching district. We wanted to get out and take good shots, because I harp on that a lot.”
North went on a 12-0 run in the second quarter and scored on five out of six possessions during the rally.
The McKinney North defense, not to be outdone, forced 26 Wylie turnovers.
North has won 19 straight games, a streak that dates to Nov. 29.
“This group is focused on going to Austin,” Oldham said. “And they’ve shown me nothing this year to doubt what they set their mind out to do.”
Senior forward Meunshae Stewart led Wylie (10-18, 7-4) with 16 points.
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