No. 2 Argyle overcomes sluggish first half to put away Sanger
Argyle head coach Skip Townsend repeatedly referenced disappointment following Monday night’s Class 3A Region II bi-district game at Denton High.
The joy following Argyle’s 42-22 win over Sanger was absent for Townsend. After a lackluster first half, one of the state’s top-ranked 3A teams used its defense to advance to the next round of the playoffs.
“I told our girls that Sanger would come ready to play and they would battle, and if we didn’t battle hard, it was going to be a ball game, and that’s exactly what happened,” Townsend said.
The Lady Eagles (31-1) advanced to face either Dallas Roosevelt or Anna in the area round of the playoffs later this week. The loss eliminates Sanger (12-19) from the postseason.
Argyle held the Lady Indians scoreless in the third quarter and used a 15-0 scoring run to seal the victory.
Argyle entered the game ranked No. 2 in Class 3A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, while Sanger snatched District 9-3A’s fourth and final playoff berth. But the disparity on paper between the two teams was nowhere to be seen in the first half.
Argyle couldn’t pull away from the Lady Indians early in the contest. Sanger sophomore center Brooke Lewis knocked down a jumper with seven minutes left in the first half to tie the score at 13. Argyle then took a one-point lead, and the Lady Eagles finally found some separation toward the end of the second quarter.
The Lady Eagles scored five straight points to take a 21-15 lead into halftime. That lead swelled in the second half as Argyle eliminated the Lady Indians.
Sanger head coach Jack Armstrong said he was pleased with the team’s effort on Monday night and throughout the season.
“We’ve struggled, had some ups and downs, had some people hurt, but tonight I was proud of the way we played, especially in the first half,” Armstrong said. “We played hard in the second half, but they definitely played better than we did.”
Sanger sophomore guard Carissa Spiker and sophomore guard Jacy Beam each scored a team-high seven points. Argyle junior guard Jesse Sheridan scored a game-high 14 points. Argyle freshman Vivian Gray finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Even though his team never trailed, Townsend said his disappointed with Argyle’s offensive execution, defensive mistakes and lack of preparation on Monday night.
Townsend didn’t sound like a coach that won. He sounded like a coach of a team with lofty expectations.
“Our expectations are that we want to go to the regional tournament,” Townsend said. “That is our goal. And we did not play like a team, tonight, that was destined to go to the regional tournament.”
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Argyle 42, Sanger 22
Argyle (31-1) — Vivian Gray 12, Delaney Sain 8, Madison Ralston 8, Jesse Sheridan 14.
Sanger (12-19) — Carissa Spiker 7, Jacy Beam 7, Brooke Lewis 6, Bre Henderson 2.