ARGYLE — Hot, cold or in between, revenge tasted sweet to the Argyle Lady Eagles on Tuesday night.
The hosts more than doubled up on the visiting Lady Panthers from Princeton, winning the nondistrict matchup 52-25.
A year ago, the lopsided delight was on the other side of the menu as Princeton made a feast of Argyle’s girls on Princeton’s home court.
“They beat us by 30 points at their place,” Argyle coach Skip Townsend said. “It was probably the worst game we played all year. It definitely was the most embarrassing.
“I think our kids wanted to get redemption tonight. I really do.”
Delaney Sain and Jesse Sheridan each scored 13 points to lead the Lady Eagles to their 15th win of the season against three losses. Sain had 14 rebounds and Allea Harris, who added nine points, had 10 boards as Argyle’s girls outrebounded Princeton 39-26.
That was one way the Lady Eagles shut down Princeton’s favored running game early. Avoiding the Lady Panthers’ defensive traps was another and hitting 56 percent (19 of 34) of its shots from the floor also helped Argyle.
“We knew they were going to be ready and looking to exact some payback,” said Dedrick Brooks, new to the head coaching reins at Princeton after seven years as an assistant.
“Our press wasn’t good early like it usually is, so we didn’t create any uncontested layups. They did a good job of spacing the floor, and we missed shots early.”
It was a mismatch in the first half as the Lady Eagles held a 17-4 lead at intermission over the school that reached the regional semifinals last season.
Unable to break away for points, the smaller Lady Panthers played a slow, deliberate pace, passing the ball around the perimeter a dozen times per possession, which limited both teams’ scoring opportunities.
Argyle’s defense was a key factor in a first quarter that ended 5-0 in favor of the Lady Eagles.
Princeton didn’t fire up its first shot until the 4:18 mark of the first quarter and finished that opening period 0 for 8 from the floor. Brooklyn Lopez scored Princeton’s first points with a bucket in the second minute of the second quarter. Sain was unstoppable underneath for Argyle, scoring her team’s first eight second-quarter points.
Princeton (10-6) played more up-tempo basketball in the second half as Janae Isaac, a big factor in last year’s win by the Lady Panthers, collected all 13 of her team-leading points after intermission. Lopez finished with seven.
But the Lady Panthers finished with just 20 percent shooting (9 of 46).
“We’re not very good when we let other teams dictate how the play will be,” Brooks said. “We’re too small.”
Townsend said he likes his team’s chances when the Lady Eagles get off to starts like Tuesday.
“We played good defense,” he said. “We held them to zero points in the first quarter. Later, they hit some tough shots on us, in spite of our girls having a hand in their faces.
“Our kids really wanted this win.”
Argyle 52, Princeton 25
Princeton (10-6) — Kris Coburn 1, Kaylee Strickland 3, Peyton Coburn 1, Janae Isaac 13, Brooklyn Lopez 7.
Argyle (15-3) — Madison Hardy 2, Morgan McInaney 4, Delaney Sain 13, Kim Stelke 1, Allea Harris 9, Laurie Beth Chalk 2, Jesse Sheridan 13, Olivia Gray 2, Bailey Eschle 6.