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Lady Eagles shoot for second title

There are many inspiring stories in high school sports — we’re proud of every youngster who enters a competition to represent team, school, city and county.

We join thousands of area parents who cheer on their young athletes game after game, relishing each victory and balancing defeat with hard-earned life lessons such as character and fairness.

These young people play under a great deal of pressure at every level of competition, and we must never forget to remind them that regardless of the score, they have our full support.

As seasons wind to a close, former foes join in cheering on their fellow athletes who continue competing, striving to reach the ultimate level of their chosen sport.

One area team is poised to begin play at that level today. The Argyle Lady Eagles (35-1) face Geronimo Navarro (33-7) at 1:30 p.m. at Texas’ Frank Erwin Center in the state semifinals.

Argyle’s young squad — the Lady Eagles have only one senior on their roster — are shooting to bring home the school’s second girls basketball state title and its first in Class 3A. The Lady Eagles won the 2A title in 2006.

Argyle coach Skip Townsend said recently that he credits his players’ on-court intelligence for helping them reach the state tournament.

“There are lots of kids that are tall and athletic,” Townsend said. “But these kids understand the game of basketball. There are lots of kids that are in the gym every day and play all the time, but they don’t have the basketball IQ.

“That’s something you can’t teach. That’s an innate ability, and they have that. All of them do. You haven’t seen the best out of this freshman class.”

It takes a lot of talent, skill and dedication for any team to reach this point, but the Argyle squad’s achievement is especially remarkable considering that just a year ago, several players were in middle school.

But they have not collapsed under the pressure from tougher competition or their head coach, who won six state championships at Brock.

There should be no surprises when Argyle faces Navarro today with a berth in the state championship game on the line. Navarro will be aware of what the young Lady Eagles are capable of, and the young Argyle’s players know what will be required to bring home the team’s first 3A title.

We congratulate the Lady Eagles and wish them well in the state semifinals.

Thanks for such an inspiring season and we’re sure that there will be many more to follow.