CARROLLTON — Shock and awe was the story of Friday night’s Class 3A area-round playoff game at Carrollton Creekview.
Wilmer-Hutchins, stopped inches shy of the state tournament by Argyle last season, flipped the tables on the defending state champion.
Wilmer-Hutchins led from start to finish. It raced to a double-digit lead early in the second quarter, was up by more than 20 in that period and led by 32 after three quarters before winning 67-34.
Coach John Burley’s blue-clad Eagles (24-9) advanced to play Frisco Lone Star early next week for a ticket to the regional tournament at Texas A&M-Commerce.
“I thought I had the best team in the state last year,” Burley said, “but Argyle beat us to go to state. Of course, two years ago we beat them in overtime at the regional finals.”
Friday’s game was the first playoff contest of the season for the Denton County Eagles, who wound up 26-9.
“It was a little surprising,” Argyle coach John King said of the outcome. “They just got after us tonight.
“It was their night. It was not our night.”
The key for Wilmer-Hutchins, Burley said, was keeping the ball away from Argyle’s Spencer McCloud, who matched teammate Jonathan Davis with a team-high seven points.
Quincy Washington, a 6-3 sophomore, led Wilmer-Hutchins with 14 points, eight of them coming in the first period as his team jumped to a 14-5 lead. Christian McCoggle scored 13 points and sophomore Torrey Williams added 12.
Argyle coughed up 11 of its 19 turnovers in the first half and found itself no match for the Wilmer-Hutchins fastbreak.
“We were trying to take a few charges on the big kid,” King said, referring to McCoggle. “When we didn’t get those calls, that left [Washington] wide open for some easy stuff.”
Wilmer-Hutchins outshot Argyle 52 percent (26 of 50) to 33 percent (13 of 39) from the field and outrebounded the District 10-3A champion 32-24.
Washington led his team with 10 rebounds, while Mike Morris topped Argyle with six boards.
Washington gave Wilmer-Hutchins a 4-0 lead on a couple of putbacks before Argyle got on the board with the first of two 3-pointers by Davis. Wilmer-Hutchins’ Xavier Legington, who ended the first and second quarters with buzzer beaters from deep in the corner, made it 14-5 at the end of one.
Five points from Williams fueled a 12-0 Wilmer-Hutchins run to open the second quarter and give the District 12-3A runner-up a 26-5 lead with 3:54 left in the half.
Long-range 3-pointers by Zach Dickerson, Colton Wilkes and McCloud cut Argyle’s deficit to 14 before Legington made it 34-17 at intermission.
Outscored 23-8 in the third quarter, Argyle trailed 57-25 entering the final period.
“We knew their quickness was going to be an issue,” King said. “If we could have kept it close early, it wouldn’t have been such a big issue. But once they got a lead, they really beat us with their quickness.”
Argyle will lose four seniors: McCloud, Dickerson, Carson Cline and Luke McMullen.
“Every year’s different,” King said. “I’m proud of this senior class and their leadership. What they were able to accomplish — winning state last year and coming back and winning district this year — says a lot about them.”
Wilmer-Hutchins 67, Argyle 34
Argyle 5 12 8 9 — 34
Wilmer-Hutchins 14 20 23 10 — 67
Argyle (25-10) — J.C. Chalk 2, Zach Dickerson 5, Spencer McCloud 7, Carson Cline 2, Shayne Priddy 2, Colton Wilkes 5, Jonathan Davis 7, Chase Kammerer 4.
Wilmer-Hutchins (24-9) — Xavier Legington 9, Chad Morris 5, Demarcus Gabriel 7, Cedric Wilcox 2, Isiah Giles 2, Quincy Washington 14, Torrey Williams 12, Darius Page 3, Christian McCoggle 13.