AUBREY — The Argyle and Aubrey boys entered Tuesday night’s contest both seeking their first District 10-3A win.
Both teams dropped their respective district openers Friday, and for one half, Aubrey seemed to be the team that was going to even its district ledger.
Argyle made sure that didn’t happen.
The No. 13 team in Class 3A, according to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, took control of the game in the third quarter and came away with a 50-43 victory on the road.
“We told our kids that on any night, you gotta show up and you gotta play and give your best effort because there are no district games that come easy, especially those on the road,” Argyle head coach John King said. “It was huge to not start 0-2, but our goal is to win every one of them, not just this one tonight.”
Argyle junior Jonathan Davis led all scorers with 15 points. Aubrey was led by sophomore Drew Davis’ 13 points.
Early on, Davis anchored the Chaparrals (10-14, 0-2 district) and scored 11 points in the first quarter. Aubrey sustained a two-point lead at the halftime break.
In the third quarter, the Eagles (16-4, 1-1) eliminated the deficit and took control of the contest. After the two teams traded one-point leads at the start of the second half, Argyle went on a 15-2 run that spanned both quarters.
Argyle sophomore J.C. Chalk had seven of his 11 points in the third quarter. King said Chalk’s play, along with his team’s ability to limit Aubrey’s second-chance opportunities, enabled the large run.
On the other end of the floor, the Eagles were able to limit Davis, a 6-foot 5-inch sophomore. Davis only scored two points in the final three quarters and was plagued with foul trouble in the second half.
Aubrey head coach Kyle Smith said Argyle’s defense constantly double-teamed his top player, and Smith said his team couldn’t match the Eagles’ physicality in the third quarter.
Argyle opened up a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, but the Chaps made it interesting later on before the Eagles cemented its first district win.
“Our guys played hard,” Smith said. “I think we played our butts off.”
Argyle 54, Aubrey 27
Argyle head coach Skip Townsend knew what to expect from Aubrey in the first game of Tuesday night’s doubleheader.
If his team was going to win its 25th game of the season, it was going to have to win a physical contest.
To Townsend’s liking, the Lady Eagles responded accordingly and picked up a 54-27 district victory against the Lady Chaparrals.
“We’ve been over here two times before and it’s never been an easy game,” Townsend said. “They [Aubrey] play hard. They play physical, and we knew we had to show up tonight and we did. Our girls did not take this team for granted.”
Junior guard Jesse Sheridan scored a team-high 17 points for Argyle (25-1, 3-0 District 10-3A), while freshman Vivian Gray added 11.
Aubrey’s Kendyl Wright led all scorers with 20 points. Wright scored 11 in the first half, but the Lady Chaparrals (11-10, 0-3) trailed 26-14 at halftime.
The Lady Eagles entered the game ranked as the No. 2 team in 3A according to the TABC, and in the second half, they opened up a 30-point lead and cruised in the final 16 minutes.
“I thought we played them about as good as we could have in the first half,” Aubrey head coach Johnny Hodge said. “In the second half, they wore us down. They’re ranked second in the state for a reason. It showed in the second half.”
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Argyle 50, Aubrey 43
Argyle — Joseph Clayton 2, Jared Cole 3, Shayne Priddy 8, Kade Barrett 2, Colton Wilkes 3, J.C. Chalk 11, Hunter Shoemake 2, Jonathan Davis 15, Chase Kammerer 4.
Aubrey — Cooper Turrubiarte 3, Cole Bovre 2, Michael Page 4, Logan Boytett 8, Drew Davis 13, Bo Loftin 6, Cole Cannon 7.
Argyle 54, Aubrey 27
Argyle — Vivian Gray 11, Delaney Sain 6, Madison Ralston 4, Jesse Sheridan 17, Olivia Gray 3, Claire Betzhold 9, Jocelyn Pierce 2, Brittany Hamilton 2.
Aubrey — Kendyl Wright 20, Scarlett Gregory 3, Alex Martinez 4.