ARGYLE — Argyle keeps building steam as it chugs toward the playoffs.
After their second-half rally fell short in a double-digit loss Tuesday at Frisco Lone Star, the Eagles carried that momentum into an efficient first half to help them run away with a 48-29 District 10-3A win Friday against Aubrey on senior night.
Argyle (19-6, 4-2 district) was 10-of-20 from the field and turned the ball over only four times to nine by Aubrey (11-17, 1-5) in the first half, numbers that pleased Eagles head coach John King.
“I think the first half was about as good of basketball as we’ve played in a long time,” King said. “We challenged the kids before the game tonight to continue what we did at Lone Star. We just said, ‘Look, we’re playing well, let’s just keep it going.’ And they took the challenge.”
Despite starter Colton Wilkes sitting out of the game with the flu, forwards Shayne Priddy and J.C. Chalk combined for 18 points in the first half to boost the Eagles to a commanding 34-12 lead at the break.
Priddy, who hit two first-half 3-pointers and finished with 10 points, said the efficient first half and bench production helped Argyle as it prepares for the playoffs with second place in the district essentially locked up.
“We were all feeling confident in each other and how we were playing,” Priddy said. “The first half helps us move forward, knowing we have guys coming off the bench and stepping up.”
Chalk finished with a game-high 13 points and Jonathan Davis added 11 points for Argyle in the win. The Eagles finished 12-for-33 shooting from the field and made five 3-pointers.
Aubrey made a push late in the third quarter, when Cole Cannon drained consecutive 3-pointers to cut the deficit to 36-22, but both teams traded baskets the rest of the way.
Chaparrals head coach Kyle Smith said his team played well defensively, but struggled on offense after 18 team turnovers and a 15-for-36 shooting night from the field.
“I feel like at the start we played good team defense; we just couldn’t score,” Smith said. “It was hard for our guys when we worked the ball around, get it down low and they’d block [the shot] or turn us over.”
Cannon and Bo Loftin led Aubrey with nine points apiece while Michael Page and Drew Davis each added four.
Aubrey heads into its regular-season finale Tuesday at home against Carrolton Ranchview neck and neck with Celina for the final playoff spot. Smith told his team after Friday’s game to move on quickly.
“We know it’s really between us and Celina for that last spot,” Smith said. “I told them, ‘This is not the game you need to have in your head. You need to start thinking about Ranchview and what we need to do to beat them.’ By tomorrow morning we’re going to lift weights, watch film on Ranchview and move on to that game.”
Argyle wraps up regular-season play Tuesday at Celina before heading into the playoffs.
“For us to be successful from here on out and into the playoffs, we’re going to need good bench production,” King said. “You never know when a kid’s going to be sick like we did tonight. It’s good to know we have good players coming off the bench.”
Argyle 65, Aubrey 16
Argyle head coach Skip Townsend didn’t want another slow start.
Townsend and his Lady Eagles, ranked No. 2 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll, built a huge lead in the first half and never looked back in a rout of Aubrey. Argyle (29-1, 7-0 District 10-3A) fed its post early and often against the smaller Aubrey (13-13, 1-6) lineup.
“We’re an inside-outside team,” Townsend said. “We’ll take the easy shots, but if they stop that, we’ll shoot outside, too.”
Argyle forced 14 Aubrey turnovers to take a 35-13 advantage into the break. Aubrey head coach Johnny Hodge said the Lady Chaps, who finished the night with 21 turnovers, struggled against Argyle’s size and physicality.
“They basically just smothered us,” Hodge said. “I don’t think size had as much to with it. They just played a really good game tonight.”
Argyle will play again Tuesday at Celina, the team with which it has all ready clinched a share of the district title.
“We’re rivals with Celina. There’s a district title riding on it, and we haven’t won one in a long time,” Townsend said. “If we’re not fired up going into Celina, there’s something wrong with our kids.”
Aubrey will play again Tuesday at Carrolton Ranchview.
Argyle 48, Aubrey 29
Aubrey (11-17, 1-5) —Cole Cannon 9, Bo Loftin 9, Drew Davis 4, Michael Page 4, Cooper Turrubiarte 3.
Argyle (19-6, 4-2) — J.C. Chalk 13, Jonathan Davis 11, Shayne Priddy 10, Kade Barnett 3, Chase Kammerer 3, Reed Davis 3, Hunter Shoemake 2, Joseph Clayton 2, Jared Cole 1.
Argyle 65, Aubrey 16
Aubrey (13-13, 1-6) — Kendyl Wright 11, Hannah Schmitz 2, Scarlett Gregory 2, Charity Northcutt 1.
Argyle (29-1, 7-0) — Vivian Gray 21, Delaney Sain 12, Claire Betzhold 8, Jesse Sheridan 7, Bailey Eschle 5, Brittany Hamilton 5, Jocelyn Pierce 4, Madison Ralston 3.