The Sanger Lady Indians turned up the pressure for Monday night’s Class 3A bi-district game at TWU’s Kitty Magee Arena, but it was Argyle that did the cooking.
Senior guard Allea Harris scored 20 points and sophomore teammates Delaney Sain and Jesse Sheridan each scored 10 more as the Lady Eagles won 48-41 in the second-half of a playoff doubleheader.
Celina edged Gainesville 51-49 in the opening game at Texas Woman’s University.
Argyle (27-6) will next play an area round game against District 11-3A champion Wilmer-Hutchins on Friday night at a neutral site to be determined today.
Senior Natalie Castillo and freshman Carissa Spiker each scored 11 points for the Lady Indians.
They led a hard-charging Sanger team that played tight physical defense and used it to put together a couple of big scoring runs that made for an entertaining game.
Spiker’s fastbreak bucket capped a 9-0 run late in the second quarter that gave Sanger its first lead of the night at 20-19.
Then, early in the fourth quarter, Sanger forced back-to-back turnovers, as Castillo drove across the lane for two buckets and Spiker nailed a 3-pointer for a 7-0 run that cut Argyle’s 38-30 lead to 38-37.
But each time, the Lady Eagles answered with runs of their own.
“We had a couple of runs, but they executed a little bit better than we did at the end,” Sanger coach Jack Armstrong said, his team’s season ended at 17-15.
“We couldn’t get it done in the end.”
Harris hit two of her four 3-pointers back-to-back midway through the third quarter as Argyle stretched a 23-22 halftime lead to 33-26, with 3:21 left in the third period.
When she hit her final trey to open the fourth period, it gave her squad a 38-30 margin.
“The team was telling me it was time to shoot it,” Harris said of a halftime pep talk after hitting just 1 of 5 3-point tries in the first half.
She did not miss from behind the arc in the second half and closed the game 7 for 13 from the floor, including 4 of 8 on 3s and 2 of 4 from the free-throw line.
“I had missed a couple early, but I wanted to make it up,” she said. “We pulled it out and that’s what matters.”
Argyle coach Skip Townsend was happy to have a big night from Harris since Sanger made it so tough on the Lady Eagles’ inside scorer, Sain, a 5-foot-11 sophomore.
Candace Prater, a 5-11 senior, and Alley Williams, a 5-9 senior, made Sain work for her 10 points.
“They did a good job of stopping Delaney from getting the ball,” Townsend said. “They dropped two on her and they took her out of her game. They ‘physicaled’ us up real good and we didn’t answer that really well.”
ARGYLE 48, SANGER 41
Argyle (27-6) — Morgan McInaney 4, Delaney Sain 10, Allea Harris 20, Laura Beth Chalk 2, Jessie Sheridan 10, Bailey Eschle 2.
Sanger (17-15) — Natalie Castillo 11, Carissa Spiker 11, Jacy Beam 4, Candace Prater 6, Allie Millican 6, Corey Hammonds 3.