ARGYLE — The play may not have gone exactly how it was drawn up, but when Hunter Shoemake got his hands on the ball with a chance to steal a win for Argyle, he made the most of it.
Shoemake drilled an off-balance 3-pointer as time expired to lift the Eagles to a 50-47 win Tuesday over Fort Worth Nolan Catholic (2-4). On the play, Chase Kammerer set a perfect screen to allow Jonathan Davis to make a clean inbound pass to Shoemake with 2.19 seconds left.
Shoemake rolled once to his right before flicking up a desperation shot to break the tie.
“No, it wasn’t [supposed to come to me], but Chase set the pick and when I got the ball it was open, so I just tried to take the best shot I could,” Shoemake said. “That was definitely the best [shot I’ve ever taken], and if it weren’t for my teammates, I wouldn’t have gotten the chance.”
Shoemake’s shot gave him five points. His lone basket before that final shot came on the opening play of the second quarter.
Kammerer finished with 14 points and Davis added 13 to offset an otherwise solid shooting performance by the Vikings.
Nolan’s Landon Russell was practically unstoppable with 25 points, and the Vikings connected on seven 3-pointers — five in the first half. But Argyle (5-0) stayed close and rebounded from as much as a seven-point deficit early in the first half to trail 37-34 entering the fourth quarter.
The lead changed hands 10 times in the second half, and the Eagles may not have gotten the chance for their winning shot had it not been for a late Nolan miscue.
With 50 seconds left and the game tied at 47, Russell turned the ball over when he inadvertently stepped on the sideline near his team’s bench. The Eagles had a chance to go for the lead immediately, but after several passes around the perimeter, the ball was deflected out of bounds by Nolan with two seconds remaining.
“I didn’t know if we had enough time to take another shot, but I knew at that point we at least were going to overtime and would have another four minutes to play,” Argyle coach John King said. “But we do work on those situations almost every day in practice.”
Argyle 66, Burleson 24
As good as the Lady Eagles have been this season, coach Skip Townsend said he was craving a momentum builder heading into this weekend’s tournament in New Braunfels.
The Lady Eagles (10-0) got 19 points from Vivian Gray, 17 from Delaney Sain and finished with a season-high 66 points in a win over Burleson. Argyle — ranked second in Class 3A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches — held Burleson (7-5) to seven points in the second half.
“As a coach, this is what you want to see heading into a very strong tournament,” said Townsend, whose team will play in the Cougarette Classic at New Braunfels Canyon. “We have a lot of momentum now, and we’re going to need it. We’re going to find out just how good we are after this weekend.”
The Lady Elks tried running their offense through post player MacKenzie Hailey, but she was held to 11 points and fouled out with five minutes left. Only four other players scored for Burleson, with the next highest finishing with six points.
Argyle had eight players score and opened the game on a 16-2 run. Sain scored nine points during that stretch.
The Lady Eagles led 39-17 at halftime and opened the second half on a 10-0 run to extend the lead to 32. Burleson scored just two points in the third quarter as Argyle built a 35-point lead heading into the final eight minutes.
Argyle 50, Fort Worth Nolan Catholic 47
Fort Worth Nolan
Argyle (5-0) — Jonathan Davis 13, Chase Kammerer 14, Shayne Priddy 6, Reed Davis 9, Hunter Shoemake 5, Michael Morris 2, Kade Barnett 1.
Fort Worth Nolan (2-4) — Landon Russell 25, Shay Killpack 11, Zachary Dashner 3, Cole Seibert 6, Matt Moser 2.
Argyle 66, Burleson 24
Argyle (10-0) — Vivian Gray 19, Delaney Sain 17, Madison Ralston 9, Jocelyn Pierce 8, Kim Strelke 4, Jesse Sheridan 4, Bailey Eschle 1, Claire Betzhold 4.
Burleson (7-5) — MacKenzie Hailey 11, Madison Landers 2, Lindsay Bryan 6, Skylar Smith 2, Kelsi Holmes 3.