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Girls basketball: Argyle survives second-half woes in 20-point victory over Trimble Tech

ARGYLE -- Most 20-point victories would feel adequate for Argyle, especially when it's against a team that beat the Lady Eagles earlier this season. But new coach Chance Westmoreland wants to see a better performance in the second half from his team.  

Argyle (13-3) lost its first matchup against Fort Worth Trimble Tech by five points in the Georgetown tournament last week, but avenged the loss on its home court with a 68-48 win over the Lady Bulldogs on Friday night. 

The Lady Eagles gained a 20-point lead with 6:40 left in the second quarter and extended it to 31 later in the frame before taking a 49-21 halftime advantage.

"When we play unselfish and move the ball, we have really good playmakers, shooters and drivers," Westmoreland said. "I think that was the key. In the first half, we were playing our game."

The Lady Eagles had four players in double figures. Fresno State commit Gabby Standifer led Argyle with 19 points, followed by Rhyle McKinney (16). Lone freshman Sydney Standifer added 15, and Morgan Yarbrough chipped in with 12 and was perfect from the charity stripe.

Trimble Tech was led by Jade Hollie's 16 points and Kyndall Woordard added seven. 

Trimble Tech outscored Argyle 27-19 in the second half. The Lady Bulldogs utilized the full-court press, forcing eight turnovers in that stretch.

"The last time we played and lost to them, we gave up 15 offensive rebounds," Westmoreland said. "That was a point of emphasis. We needed to rebound well and get past half court to run our offense."

The Lady Bulldogs ripped off a 7-0 run to begin the second half, forcing an Argyle timeout. The Lady Eagles recorded their first bucket six minutes into the third quarter and finished with seven points in the frame. Meanwhile, Trimble Tech made eight trips to the free throw line, converting eight of 15 attempts.

"During every halftime, we're talking about [Argyle's second-half woes]," Westmoreland said. "For some reason we're not executing the way we'd like to, and that kind of falls on the coaching staff. We'll get together and see what we can do to continue our success from the first half to the second."

The Lady Bulldogs (7-7) trimmed the Argyle lead to 19 but ran out of time. 

Argyle has a two-game road swing  Tuesday at Dallas Christian and at Rowlett on Friday. Westmoreland wants the Lady Eagles to treat those games like the postseason, with the amount of travel during the week similar to a playoff run.

JIMMY ISBELL can be reached at 817-781-0379 and via Twitter at @Jimmy_Isbell12.

Argyle 68, Fort Worth Trimble Tech 48

Argyle 24 25 7 12 -- 68
FW Trimble Tech 9 12 12 15 -- 48

Argyle (13-3) -- Rhyle McKinney 16, Kennedy Reaves 3, Brooklyn Carl 3, Morgan Yarbrough 12, Sydney Standifer 15, Gabby Standifer 19.

Fort Worth Trimble Tech (7-7) -- Taylor Crawford 4, Deston'ee Rainey 2, Kyndall Woodard 7, Amyah Johnson 5, Dabresha Lamb 5, Alexcia Fountain 5, Jada Hollie 16, Rylan Rogers 4.