Argyle’s four-point victory Tuesday over Frisco Lone Star probably was a little closer than Eagles coach John King would have liked.
But like the Eagles have done throughout District 10-3A play, Argyle managed to come away with a close victory and keep its spotless district record intact.
In four of their five district wins, the Eagles (20-8, 5-0 district) trailed at some point during the fourth quarter.
“Most of those games, we’ve had the lead for almost the entire game and then gave it away in the fourth quarter,” King said. “But to our kids’ credit, they don’t panic. They take everything in stride and do their best to make a play on the next possession. Fortunately, our kids have done a very good job of that.”
Argyle is two games ahead of Lone Star in the district standings, and the Eagles can finish no worse than second place.
The defending Class 3A champions have had each of their five starters step up their level of play, King said.
Argyle seniors Zack Dickerson and Spencer McCloud helped carry the offensive burden Tuesday, and have done so all season. McCloud finished with 20 points and Dickerson netted 13 for the Eagles, who are ranked 10th in Class 3A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
And then there are sophomore Jonathan Davis and junior Chase Kammerer, forwards who King said have shown signs of improvement as the season has gone on. Starting guard Colton Wilkes may not torch opposing defenses like Dickerson and McCloud, but he plays a key role for the Eagles.
King said that in district play he’s assigned Wilkes to each opponent’s best player.
“To Colton’s credit, he’s not getting his name in the paper for scoring and rebounding, but he is holding their best players to way below their averages consistently,” King said. “I think it’s been a complete team effort in terms of stepping up.”
The Argyle coach added that he’d prefer to finish off teams early instead of surrendering leads and eventually winning them back. But King said competitive district games can help the Eagles as they attempt to defend their title.
“Playing in close games can do nothing but help you as you prepare for the playoffs,” King said. “We think that these games are going to do that. “
Krum girls seal first-round bye
Krum may have moved from Class 2A to 3A, but that hasn’t stopped the Lady Cats from becoming one of the state’s top teams.
The Lady Cats (23-5, 7-0) will conclude the regular season at home against Gainesville on Friday night with their postseason spot already sealed. Krum has clinched the District 9-3A crown and will receive a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Krum coach Lana Degelia credits the focus of her team as it marched through a tough nondistrict schedule before cruising through 9-3A play.
“We played a lot of bigger schools that brought our level to where we knew it needed to be,” Degelia said. “And we just keep working in practice and games, trying to maintain that level.”
Krum defeated Ryan, Garland Naaman Forest and Plano. Irving MacArthur, a team Ryan could see in the first round of the playoffs, beat Krum by one point.
Led by Julia Schmaltz and Rachel Wallace, Degelia said her squad of eight girls is playing well and isn’t letting up as it aims for a deep playoff run.
“Every player that I’m putting on the floor right now is playing their role and doing it successfully,” Degelia said. “If we can get that level of play out of all eight girls as we’re going into the playoffs, we’ll be tough. That’s what we’ve been working for. It’s going to take all of us, and they know that.”
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