COMMERCE — There weren’t any last-second shots or controversial no-calls in Saturday’s Class 4A Region II final. Argyle relied on mistake-free defense and dominant shooting, the same formula it has used all postseason, to roll past Celina 46-28 in a rematch of longtime rivals.
Winter weather once again left North Texas roads treacherous Saturday morning following a significant amount of snow on Friday, and as a result all Denton-area basketball playoff games that were pushed from Friday to Saturday are now rescheduled for Monday.
Happy Saturday folks! I am still here at Texas A&M-Commerce for today’s highly-anticipated — and expected — rematch between Argyle (29-5) and Celina (32-4). These teams have a lot of history and met in last year’s 3A region final, a game the Lady Eagles won. A berth to this year’s state tournament is on the line. Game time is noon.
The Argyle Lady Eagles and Celina Lady Bobcats will meet for the third time this season at noon today in the finals of the Class 4A Region II tournament with a berth in the state tournament at stake. Argyle routed Gilmer 61-32 while Celina made easy work of Canton, 79-50, in the regional semifinals.
The playoff road continues tonight for five Denton-area basketball teams, including a girls squad that needs just two more wins to make a second straight trip to the state tournament.
FLOWER MOUND — It was only fitting that Guyer junior Zach Garza had the Wildcats’ final two points of Wednesday’s bi-district playoff game against Flower Mound Marcus.
SOUTHLAKE — With Denton specializing in its own brand of high-strung and aggressive trapping defense, the Broncos came into Wednesday’s Class 5A area-round playoff game hoping to tire out Birdville and keep its shooters from catching fire. The Broncos limited the Hawks in stretches, but ultimately Birdville’s shooters earned enough open looks and knocked down enough contested shots to do critical damage as they defeated Denton 74-58.
CORINTH — First-year head coach Matt Farmer and his Sanger Indians tried to slow down the speed of Dallas Triple A Academy, but they failed in that task and lost a Class 4A bi-district playoff game 87-45 at Lake Dallas on Wednesday.
FLOWER MOUND — The Argyle Eagles easily moved on to the area round of the Class 4A playoffs Wednesday, defeating Irving Uplift North Hills Prep 68-24 in a Region II bi-district game at Flower Mound Marcus.
After holding out to within hours of a scheduled tipoff Tuesday, the Guyer-Flower Mound Marcus boys bi-district game joined a long list of Denton-area playoff games that were postponed until tonight because of inclement weather, with more winter weather forecast for this morning.
Sean Choate played his senior season at Guyer without knowing what his college future held. Several Division I schools were interested to some degree, but for a long time his only standing offers were from Division II, NAIA and junior colleges.
The boys basketball playoffs are set to begin this week for six Denton-area teams while the Argyle and Sanger girls remain alive and venture into third-round action.
AUSTIN — No race in swimming is more dependent on a good start than the 50-meter freestyle, where half a second is the difference between winning and not qualifying for the event finals.
PILOT POINT — Ponder coach Jude Stanley hoped before Friday’s game that the basket might appear bigger in the eyes of his players, who he felt needed all the points they could get to knock off high-scoring Whitesboro in a tiebreaker game to determine the top seed out of District 10-3A.
CARROLLTON — Even into the closing seconds, the Sanger Lady Indians stayed true to themselves. Sanger coach Bric Turner preached poise, reminded the team to stay aggressive in transition and invoked the team slogan of “do what we do.” The Lady Indians kept the pedal to the metal Friday and resisted a late comeback by Dallas Lincoln for a 62-61 victory in the area round of the Class 4A Region II playoffs.
SAGINAW — The Denton Lady Broncos defeated Saginaw Chisholm Trail 3-1 on Friday.
ARGYLE — The Denton Lady Broncos lost the first and tied the second of their two games Friday in the Argyle tournament.
Don’t judge Austin Pyrch by where he placed at regionals. A closer look shows that Pyrch, a Ryan senior, boasts the fourth-fastest time in the state in the 50-yard freestyle heading into the state swimming and diving meet today at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin.
LAKE DALLAS — Sanger’s final game of the regular season, an 86-84 overtime loss to District 9-4A rival Gainesville, left a bad taste in the Lady Indians’ mouths and had them preaching the need for improved defense as they headed into the playoffs as a No. 3 seed.
JUSTIN — With 56 seconds remaining, puzzled faces filled the Lake Dallas bench and stands as a series of unfortunate events unfolded. Azle’s Payton Berger made two clutch game-winning shots in the last minute en route to a 43-42 win against the Lady Falcons on Monday in the Class 5A Playoffs.
Tucked away in a corner on Ryan softball coach Aimee Foutch’s desk is a DVD of Ryan’s 2007 Class 4A state final loss to Boerne. The video is kept inside the same package it was mailed in and rarely sees the light of day. Foutch has never watched it.
With just four Denton-area UIL teams playing beyond the regular season, the girls basketball playoffs are set to begin this week..
As the ball was tipped off to start the overtime period, Friday night’s game already had the feel of a heavyweight title fight between the two best teams in District 5-6A.
ARGYLE — Vivian Gray poured in 25 points and Jesse Sheridan added 23 to lead Argyle past Krum, 80-27, on Senior Night on Tuesday and claimed the District 9-4A championship.