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No. 8 McKinney North Cruises to 78-26 First-Round Win Over Pine Tree

McKinney North’s Alexis Mason steals the ball during the first half of North’s 78-26 first-round playoff rout of Pine Tree on Monday in Van. (Christopher Vinn,

VAN — McKinney North looked every bit of its No. 8 ranking Monday night against Pine Tree.

North forced 10 first-quarter turnovers, building an early double-digit lead en route to an easy 78-26 rout of the Lady Pirates in a Class 4A Region II bi-district playoff at Van High School.

North (30-3) scored the game’s first 10 points and led 20-4 after one quarter thanks to the double-digit turnovers the Lady Bulldogs’ full-court pressure caused. North stretched that lead to 40-10 by halftime.

North faces the winner of Tuesday night’s John Tyler vs. Red Oak game, which is in Wills Point at 6:30 p.m. Pine Tree, which placed fourth in District 14-4A, finished the season 17-11.

Point guard Alexis Mason, North’s only senior starter, led the Lady Bulldogs on both ends of the floor. Mason had 17 points, nine assists, and six steals, while sophomore forward Chanterria Jackson scored a game-high 20 points to accompany five rebounds and five assists. Junior guard Mikaehla Connor scored 11 points. Freshman forward Mikayla Foy had six points and seven second-half rebounds.

Pine Tree sophomore post Sky Holmes almost recorded a double-double, finishing with nine points, 12 rebounds, and five blocked shots. Senior forward Daneisha Patterson had six points and three rebounds. Sophomore forward Ke’Ambria Richard scored six second-half points. Senior forward McKaylla Baylor had four points and six rebounds.

North made 14 of 29 first-half shots, including 5-for-14 three-point shooting. The Lady Bulldogs held Pine Tree to 4-for-18 first-half shooting.

Mason hit a three-pointer and assisted a Mikayla Foy layup during the second quarter’s final minute to extend the Lady Bulldogs’ lead to 30 points by the break. North led 56-20 at the end of the third, then used a 13-0 run to take a 69-22 advantage late in the game.

Pine Tree’s Sky Holmes protects the ball from McKinney North defenders during PT’s 78-26 first-round playoff loss Monday in Van. (Christopher Vinn,

Class 4A Region II
Bi-District Playoff

No. 8 McKinney North 78, Pine Tree 26

Van High School

McKinney North — 20 20 16 22 — 78
Pine Tree — 4 6 10 6 — 26

McKinney North (30-3) — Chanterria Jackson 20, Alexis Mason 17, Mikaehla Connor 11, Viona Vraniqi 7, Mikayla Foy 6, Jocelyn Scott 5, Lauren Foster 4, Amy Kleynhans 4, Ali Michalak 2, Kayla Shaddern 2
Pine Tree (17-11) — Sky Holmes 9, Daneisha Patterson 6, Ke’Ambria Richard 6, McKaylla Baylor 4, Sheondra Clayton 1.

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