FRISCO — Revenge seemed a distant hope as the Argyle Eagles faced a 13-point deficit heading into halftime of Tuesday’s District 10-3A rematch at Frisco Lone Star.
Team defensive adjustments and four 3-pointers from Colton Wilkes in the third quarter brought the Eagles within four points and one quarter of avenging a 55-34 loss to the Rangers in the first round of district play. Unfortunately for Wilkes and the Eagles, Lone Star pulled away for a 61-53 victory and the season sweep.
“We were definitely thinking about revenge,” Wilkes said. “We knew we had to learn from our mistakes [from the previous loss] and come out with more intensity. We just came up short.”
Argyle (18-6, 3-2 district) turned the ball over a dozen times in the first half, giving Lone Star (20-5, 5-0) fastbreak opportunities and open shots to take a 34-21 lead into the half. Eagles head coach John King said the turnovers cued some redirection to right the ship coming out of the break.
“We had too many turnovers in the first half,” King said. “Lone Star is a very athletic team and they’ll hurt you by turning your turnovers into fastbreaks. We made some adjustments and did a much better job in the second half.”
The halftime adjustments seemed to work immediately. Argyle didn’t turn the ball over once in the third quarter, outscoring the Rangers 23-14 to cut the deficit to four at 48-44. Argyle shot 5-for-12 in the quarter to Lone Star’s 5-for-9, but Wilkes drained four 3-pointers to help get the Eagles back in the game.
Wilkes, who hit a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded at the end of the third quarter, said his hot streak came out of experimentation and necessity.
“I didn’t shoot very well last game so I thought ‘I’ll shoot some and see how it goes,’” said Wilkes, who finished with 19 points. “I also knew they made 3 after 3 last time [to pull away] and didn’t want that to happen again.”
His coach expressed more confidence in the senior.
“He’s been a rock-solid player for us all year,” King said. “He stepped up and showed some senior leadership tonight, but I’m proud of all the guys. There were guys passing him the ball, blocking out and getting rebounds. It was a team effort.”
Lone Star played the clock out with a four-point lead down the stretch, using nearly 30 seconds on one possession with a five-out offense midway through the fourth quarter. Argyle struggled with three more turnovers in the quarter, leading to more layups and an 8-5 Rangers run to end the game.
Lone Star guard Cameron Gooden led all scorers with 19 points to go along with two steals and two assists, and teammate Jonathan Gray added 16 points and two steals.
Forward J.C. Chalk scored 14 points and grabbed two rebounds for the Eagles, while forward Jonathan Davis added eight points and four boards.
Lone Star’s win extends its lead to two games in the district standings, while Argyle sits in second. King said the Eagles will not sit comfortably with third-place Carrollton Ranchview nipping at their heels.
“In our district, you have to come to play every night,” King said. “We’re lucky that we’ve done that most every night so far.”
Argyle will play again at 7:45 p.m. Friday at home against Aubrey.
Argyle 45, Frisco Lone Star 35
Argyle coach Skip Townsend hoped Tuesday night wasn’t a case of been there, done that.
The No. 2 Lady Eagles got off to a slow start Tuesday in a District 10-3A matchup at Frisco Lone Star, just like they did in their lone loss of the season. This time, Argyle (28-1, 6-0 District 10-3A) flipped the script in the second half and pulled away for the victory against Lone Star (17-9, 4-4).
Argyle trailed 9-3 after the opening quarter, but crawled back to just a two-point deficit at the half, 21-19. Sophomore Vivian Gray sparked the Lady Eagles with seven points in the second quarter, and finished the game tied with Delaney Sain for the team lead of 12 points.
Entering the fourth quarter, down two points, Argyle took its first lead of the game with an elbow jumper by Jesse Sheridan, who finished with seven points and four assists, at 36-34 with six minutes left to play. Argyle’s win likely sets up a district title showdown next Tuesday at second-place Celina.
Lone Star’s Zoie Miller led all scorers with 18 points, while Whitney Apari added eight points and seven rebounds
Argyle will play again Friday at home against Aubrey.
Frisco Lone Star 61, Argyle 53
Frisco Lone Star
Argyle (18-6, 3-2) — Colton Wilkes 19, J.C. Chalk 14, Jonathan Davis 8, Chase Kammerer 6, Shayne Priddy 3, Reed Davis 3.
Frisco Lone Star (20-5, 5-0) —Cameron Gooden 19, Jonathan Gray 16, M’Kyle Bordes 10, Preston Schilling 7, Zach Brown 6, Camden Craddock 3.
Argyle 45, Frisco Lone Star 35
Frisco Lone Star
Argyle (28-1, 6-0) — Vivian Gray 12, Delaney Sain 12, Madison Ralston 7, Jess Sheridan 7, Olivia Gray 5, Allison White 2.
Frisco Lone Star (17-9, 4-4) — Zoie Miller 18, Whitney Apari 8, Taylor Gaffney 7, Raquel Ross 2.