Sophomore leads Argyle past Ponder
ARGYLE — Delaney Sain was money on the block and she and her Argyle teammates shut down Ponder’s shooters as Argyle earned a 47-37 nondistrict win over the Lady Lions on Friday.
Sain hit 10 of 15 shots from the field en route to 20 points.
Ponder’s Madison Stout topped her with 21 points, but the bulk of her points came from the free throw line, where she was a perfect 14-of-14.
“We’re too one-dimensional,” Ponder coach Bobby Bates said. “Argyle is well-coached and fundamentally sound. They just packed it in on Madison. And when we can’t shoot outside, we have a hard time scoring.”
Argyle’s defense held Ponder to just 10 buckets from the field and only 2-of-11 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc.
“Our goal is to hold our opponents under 40 points, and we accomplished that,” Argyle coach Skip Townsend said. “Ponder’s a real disciplined team. You’re either going to gamble or you let them run their stuff and hope you get a hand in the face of the shooter. We did a good job there.”
Argyle improved to 13-3. The Lady Eagles don’t play again until Friday at Fort Worth Lake Country Christian.
“We had a big height advantage, but we didn’t use it the way we should have,” Townsend said. “I thought we had a pretty good game plan, but then we quit doing it.”
The Lady Eagles’ game plan consisted of dumping the ball inside, and Allea Harris, Argyle’s second-leading scorer with 13 points, did a good job early of finding Sain.
Sain, a 5-11 sophomore, had 12 points as Argyle pulled out to a 23-17 halftime lead.
“We used three post players besides Sain, but none of them could get into position where they could score,” Townsend said.
Argyle outrebounded Ponder 27-18, with Harris, a 5-10 junior, pulling down 10 boards while Sain collected six.
Emily Nichelson and Kailey Harper each had four rebounds for Ponder.
Nichelson scored four of her six points in the third quarter, but she lacked scoring support as the Lady Eagles took their biggest lead of the night — 14 points — in that period.
Argyle opened the second half on a 10-2 run, going up 33-19 with 3:36 to go in the third period. Harris hit a pair of free throws, Kim Strelke tossed in a 3-pointer, Sain hit a turnaround from the baseline, Jesse Sheridan converted two freebies and Olivia Gray ended the run with a fast-break bucket.
Nine points was as close as the Lady Lions would get down the stretch.
The Lady Lions (7-10) will play host to Poolville on Tuesday night before beginning District 9-2A play Friday at Peaster.
Argyle 47, Ponder 37
Ponder 10 7 8 12 — 37
Argyle 11 12 14 10 — 47
Ponder — Madison Stout 21, Emily Nichelson 6, Kailey Harper 4, Addison Thompson 3, Shayla Cozart 3.
Argyle — Delaney Sain 20, Allea Harris 13, Kim Strelke 5, Morgan McInaney 4, Olivia Gray 3, Jesse Sheridan 2.