ARGYLE — By halftime of Friday’s District 10-3A showdown against fellow ranked team Frisco Lone Star, it looked as if Argyle had met its match for only the second time this season.
But the second half was a completely different affair as the Lady Eagles — ranked second in Class 3A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches — overwhelmed the No. 22 Lady Rangers en route to a 53-39 win.
Argyle (24-1, 2-0 district) outscored Lone Star 32-16 in the second half, including a third-quarter surge during which the Lady Rangers were held to four points.
The Lady Eagles’ only loss was on Dec. 7. Lone Star (14-7, 1-2) has lost two in a row.
“Any war we get into is going to be good for us,” Argyle coach Skip Townsend said. “We would love to be district champs, but that’s something we will have to fight for. We haven’t been in a game like this very often, so it was a learning experience. I wanted to see how tough my girls were, and we out-toughed them.”
Delaney Sain finished with 17 points and was one of three Lady Eagles to score in double figures. Jesse Sheridan added 15 and Vivian Gray poured in another 13 points.
Argyle went on a 12-1 run to open the third quarter, which gave the team a nine-point lead — its largest lead up to that point. Sheridan and Sain were huge during that frame, combining for 12 of the team’s 14 points.
Olivia Gray’s 3-pointer with 6:18 left in the game was part of a 9-0 run that gave Argyle a 44-29 lead.
The Lady Eagles labored through the first half. After building a five-point lead early in the first quarter, Argyle was outscored 21-14 for the rest of the half and trailed 23-21 at the break.
Whitney Apari led Lone Star with 18 points and was practically unstoppable early as the Lady Rangers continued to split the Argyle defense for easy buckets inside.
But Argyle’s defense stiffened and held Apari to six second-half points. Lone Star was forced to take more shots from the perimeter and could not convert.
“We are the type of team that prides itself on not giving up easy shots, but it seemed like every shot they [Lone Star] made in the first half was a layup,” Townsend said. “I don’t know what happened to us in the first half, but in the second half we got in their face more and started forcing outside shots.”
Frisco Lone Star 55, Argyle 34
In another battle of ranked teams, Argyle was held to one point in the second quarter while Frisco Lone Star used precision 3-point shooting to cruise to a lopsided win in a District 10-3A opener.
The Rangers (16-5, 1-0) connected on eight 3-pointers — four in the second quarter — to build a 16-point halftime lead. No. 17 Lone Star held No. 11 Argyle (14-4, 0-1) to 10 total points in the second and third quarters.
“Lone Star has a very nice team, and we told the guys we’d have to play extremely well to have a chance,” Argyle coach John King said. “We didn’t shoot well, and the second quarter was the difference.”
Zach Brown led the Rangers with 16 points, including three 3-pointers. Jonathan Clay added 11 points and Preston Schilling poured in another 10. Schilling drilled three 3-pointers.
Argyle was led by Jonathan Davis and Colton Wilkes, who each scored eight points. JC Chalk added six.