ARGYLE — After a tight opening three quarters, the Argyle Eagles delivered a 21-1 knockout in the fourth quarter for a 54-36 victory over the Aubrey Chaparrals in District 9-3A play Tuesday.
Offensively, Zach Dickerson led all scorers with 21 points, with Spencer McCloud adding 14 points, including a 7-0 run by himself late in the third quarter with both teams tied a 36.
“[McCloud] and [Dickerson] are studs,” Aubrey head coach Kyle Smith said. “They can play, and everybody knows you have to stop them. We were working hard helping on them and knowing where they are. That was our game plan, to be tough and aggressive. Every one of our guys is giving up two or three inches across the board, so I was very proud of how they played. We just have to finish.”
After being down 15-12 in the first quarter, the Eagles held Aubrey to only five second-quarter points as they took a 26-20 lead into halftime. In the third quarter, the Chaparrals outscored the Eagles 11-2 to take a 35-33 lead into the fourth quarter.
“To end the game on a 23-1 run, that was big for our kids,” said Argyle head coach John King, whose team scored the last two points of the third quarter to add to the 21-1 final period. “The offense started clicking. Spencer got us going with his dunks and, of course, Zach hit some big shots as well. I’m proud of how we finished the game. I didn’t think we played well early, so give them [Aubrey] some credit for their defense.”
Brylon Williams was Aubrey’s main offensive weapon as he scored 11 points, with Michael Page adding 10 points. Jarion Williams, the Chaps’ secondary scorer, was limited to only six points.
King said his team’s defense on Brylon and Jarion were the key to the game.
“Certainly we made some defensive adjustments to try to neutralize their touches, and once they did touch the ball, we tried to pressure them as much as we could. I think what keeps us going is our defense,” King said. “Our goal is to hold opponents to 40 points, and we think offensively, we can score enough to win. Tonight we were able to accomplish that goal.”
With the Eagles improving to 16-8 (2-0 district) on the season andAubrey falling to 18-5 (1-1), Smith was encouraged by his team’s play against what he feels is a very difficult program to play against.
“We are going to take some positive things from it because we feel like Argyle is at the level that we want to be at,” Smith said. “For three quarters, we played with that team. We got some confidence that we can play at this level; we just have to finish.”
Argyle 52, Aubrey 30
The Argyle Lady Eagles responded from their 49-41 loss to Frisco Lone Star with a convincing 52-30 win over Aubrey.
Jesse Sheridan led all scorers with 22 points and her aggression to the bucket, coupled with her sound shooting touch, helped provide crucial scoring after Aubrey made a 19-7 run in the third quarter.
“She’s a tough player,” Argyle head coach Skip Townsend said. “She likes to penetrate. She doesn’t mind being bumped around, and she can make her own offense. She’s going to be a good one. She’s only a sophomore. She stepped up for us last week when she led us in scoring in our loss to Lone Star. What I thought more than anything was that she played a great defensive game, which we get on her about.”
The Lady Eagles’ defense held tough throughout the first half as they shot out to a 30-7 halftime lead. Aubrey finally got its offense going as Kendyl Wright found her scoring touch on the way to 14 points, with Mahaley Millican chipping in 12 points.
“We had a little more motion to our offense and we were able to get some good looks,” Aubrey head coach Johnny Dodge said. “They play such good defense that they buckled us down in the fourth quarter and pulled away. They are so good on the defensive end. They are big and strong. We played poorly in the second quarter, and I thought wecame back in the third quarter.”
On a negative note, junior Kim Strelke suffered a leg injury on a drive to the net that Townsend said will force his team to step up its defensive game.
“Now our whole team has to step up on defense, because the girl we lost was the defensive MVP of our district last year as a sophomore,” Townsend said. “We are going to have to play tight without her and I think our team can do it.”
With the victory, the Lady Eagles moved to 23-4 overall and 2-1 in district play. Aubrey fell to 9-17 and 0-3.
ARGYLE 52, AUBREY 30
Argyle — Jesse Sheridan 22, Delaney Sain 12, Allea Harris 9, Morgan McInaney 5, Kim Strelke 2, Olivia Gray 2
Aubrey — Kendyl Wright 14, Mahaley Millican 12, Taylor Gardiner 3, Alison Crooks 1
ARGYLE 54, AUBREY 36
Argyle — Zach Dickerson 21, Spencer McCloud 14, Chase Kammerer 8, Mike Morris 5, Carson Cline 3, Colton Wilkes 2, Jonathan Davis 2.
Aubrey — Brylon Williams 11, Michael Page 10, Jarion Williams 6, Jevon Saylor 4, Nick Sharlin 3, Trevor Gomez 2.