Argyle’s defense anchored the Lady Eagles against Denton on Tuesday and their first-quarter lead was never seriously challenged, but Argyle coach Skip Townsend stressed the importance of not taking a team lightly.
Argyle is ranked second in Class 3A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, and Class 4A Denton entered the game with a 6-2 record, which was enough to get Argyle’s attention before the visiting Lady Eagles won 53-33.
“I thought our defense was excellent,” Townsend said. “They [the Lady Broncos] have a good team. They’re a better team than they looked today, but I thought our defense was extraordinary. I thought we got in their faces. We didn’t give them any open looks and made everything tough. We blocked out well and only gave them one shot.”
The Lady Eagles improved to 9-0 and had four players score in double figures.
“I think [Denton] does a good job on defense and we made some mistakes on offense, but we’re a young team and our offense is just in the process of getting going,” Townsend said. “We’re missing some easy shots, but we made our free throws tonight. We shot poorly last game, and I thought overall it was great hustle.”
Argyle shot 42 percent from the charity stripe in its last tilt against Keller Central, but it shot 76 percent from the line against Denton.
Junior Delaney Sain led the Lady Eagles with 14 points, while freshman forward Jocelyn Pierce added 11 and freshman guards Vivian Gray and Madison Ralston each had 10.
“We got out, we got it to our guard and we got the ball down the floor,” Townsend said. “We did have a lot of points, not only finishing layups but I thought our post girls ran the floor well and finished on the other end too.”
The Lady Broncos (6-3) look to be heading in the right direction with a chance to battle for a playoff spot in District 5-4A. Denton coach Dennis Krishka said his team’s demise came early in the game.
“To start the game, we didn’t convert back on defense,” Krishka said. “We gave them three or four really easy transitions right away and got ourselves down 9-0 because we didn’t get back. We got back enough to foul them, but they went 4-for-4 on the free throw line. I didn’t think we did a very good job blocking out well at all. I don’t think we did the things we’re capable of doing that I’ve seen us do before.”
Trailing 22-6 at halftime and 40-13 after three quarters, the Lady Broncos’ offense finally awoke with 20 points in the fourth, but Krishka said his team can’t maintain that free-wheeling fourth-quarter pace for an entire game with its limited bench.
Argyle will host Burleson on Dec. 3 and head to the New Braunfels Canyon tournament the following weekend, where the Lady Eagles could play some Class 5A teams to prepare for District 10-3A competition.
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Argyle 53, Denton 33
Argyle (9-0) — Delaney Sain 14, Jocelyn Pierce 11, Vivian Gray 10, Madison Ralston 10, Jesse Sheridan 3, Claire Betzhold 2, Kim Strelke 2, Bailey Eschle 1.
Denton (6-3) — April Pena 15, Taylor Seastrunk 5, Taylor Allison 5, Alex Mcintosh 4, Ginger Krahl 2, Key-Alia Wafer 2.