Krum senior Rachel Wallace was bound to miss a 3-pointer at some point in Tuesday’s Class 3A Region II quarterfinal against Argyle.
When that time finally came with 3:30 left in the contest, Wallace already had done her share to cement Krum’s 62-40 victory over Argyle at Kitty Magee Arena.
Wallace’s 26 points came on 8-of-10 shooting from the field. She almost singlehandedly sank Argyle’s season from behind the 3-point arc, going 5-of-6 from long range.
“When it’s time to step up, Rachel will step up,” Krum coach Lana Degelia said. “She shot the ball well tonight and she’s fortunate enough to be surrounded by players who can also shoot the ball, so they have to play everybody honest.”
Senior guard Diamond Martinez scored 11 points and Julia Schmaltz tallied 10 points for the Lady Cats.
The Lady Cats advance to the Class 3A Region II tournament on Friday. Krum will face Texarkana Liberty-Eylau at 8 p.m. Friday at Texas A&M-Commerce’s East Texas Fieldhouse.
The loss eliminated Argyle from the postseason. In their second year under coach Skip Townsend, the Lady Eagles (27-8) advanced past the area round for the first time since 2009, when Argyle lost to Dallas Roosevelt.
Krum (27-6) advances to the regional tournament for the first time since 2008.
Behind Wallace’s shooting and its full-court press, Krum closed the second quarter on a 13-0 run. Wallace scored 12 of the team’s 18 points in the quarter, and hit all three of her 3-point attempts.
Argyle was unable to mount any offense and mustered only four points in the quarter, allowing the Lady Cats to take a 32-12 lead into halftime.
“We lost our composure in the second quarter, and we knew if we did that, that press would hurt us,” Townsend said. “And it did.”
Sophomore center Delaney Sain finished with a team-high 14 points for the Lady Eagles, and sophomore guard Jessie Sheridan and senior guard Allea Harris each had nine points.
Sain, who found herself surrounded by multiple defenders several times, fouled out with 1:48 left. As Sain exited, so did Wallace, both key players done for the night.
Prior to the game, both teams watched as Class 2A Brock topped Howe in the first game of the night’s doubleheader. Brock had bounced the Lady Cats from the 2A playoffs two years in a row and topped Krum in the final game of the regular season this year.
But as Brock stepped off the court and Krum stepped on, those demons were cast out.
“They’ve been wanting this for a long time and they’ve been denied,” Townsend said. “It’s their year and they came out and played like a team that was on a mission tonight. They deserve the victory. They did a great job tonight of shutting us down.”
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KRUM 62, ARGYLE 40
Krum (27-6) — Rachel Wallace 26, Diamond Martinez 11, Julia Schmaltz 10, Allison Beck 6, Callie Craddock 6, Kylee Myers 3.
Argyle (28-7) —Delaney Sain 14, Allea Harris 9, Jessie Sheridan 9, Morgan McInaney 5, Corrie Liggett 3.