Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Argyle comes close, can't top undefeated Waco La Vega in girls Class 3A championship
AUSTIN — Argyle outshot and outrebounded Waco La Vega during Saturday’s Class 3A state championship game at the Frank Erwin Center.
But La Vega, unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the state, was unfazed by those shortcomings.
Sophomore guard Calveion Landrum scored 23 points and earned championship game MVP honors in La Vega’s 47-42 victory, helping La Vega became the state’s 19th unbeaten champion.
Landrum was 3-for-3 from 3-point range and was just as effective driving the lane. She finished plays herself or drew defenders away from 6-4 center Erin DeGrate to set up easy baskets.
“When I see Erin double-teamed, I just think, shoot the ball, shoot the ball,” said Landrum, who was 8-for-13 from the floor. “I just put it up.”
No. 2 Argyle (36-2) trailed 40-38 with two minutes remaining after a 3-pointer by Jesse Sheridan. It had a chance to tie or take the lead on its next possession but couldn’t convert.
Landrum and La Vega (35-0) took their time on the other end and got a jumper by Faith Dimereson to go ahead by four. La Vega used a 7-2 run to seal the victory.
“We said going into the game we needed to double-team her,” Argyle coach Skip Townsend said of Landrum. “We couldn’t double-team her. She’s phenomenal.”
Landrum, one of the nation’s top recruits in the Class of 2016, broke La Vega out of a shooting slump early in the second quarter. La Vega made just two of if its first 15 shots, but Landrum hit two 3-pointers and a layup in three straight possessions to rally the team from a 12-6 deficit.
Argyle went into halftime with a 25-24 lead. It scored only four points in the third quarter, and Landrum’s jumper and a layup midway through the frame gave La Vega the lead for good.
“It’s heartbreaking to get so far and come so close,” Argyle senior captain Bailey Eschle said. “We were ahead at halftime. But I couldn’t ask for a better team. We worked so hard.”
Vivian Gray and Delaney Sain led Argyle with 14 points apiece.
Argyle, which made its only substitution of the game with 23 seconds remaining, shot 38 percent compared with 36.2 percent for La Vega. Argyle outrebounded La Vega 35-26.
DeGrate finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks.