Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Argyle's double-OT win over Celina brings first state tournament berth since 2009
COMMERCE — The eyes of everyone inside Texas A&M-Commerce’s Field House were on the three huddled referees in the corner of the court.
After a few tense moments, the refs sprinted off the court and the game was over. Almost every fan in the gym was screaming either out of joy or disbelief.
Argyle freshman Vivian Gray knocked down a free throw with 4.8 seconds left to give the Lady Eagles a 51-50 double-overtime victory over Celina in the Class 3A Region II final Saturday. Argyle’s third win over Celina this season sends the Lady Eagles to the 3A state tournament for the first time since 2009.
“We just hung in there,” Argyle coach Skip Townsend said. “That’s all I can say. Our kids have never, ever, been in a game like this before. Our juniors haven’t been in a game like this before. Our freshmen were eighth-graders last year playing in junior high.”
Gray led the Lady Eagles with 17 points, while junior Delaney Sain added 15 points and 12 rebounds to keep Argyle (34-1) undefeated against 3A teams this season. Argyle freshman Madison Ralston scored 10 points in the win. Celina junior KJ Stastny led all scorers with 18 points.
Gray made five of her six free throws in the overtimes after Argyle missed all five of its free throws in the fourth quarter. After Gray’s free throw, Celina (28-7) took the ball down the court and an official blew his whistle as Celina’s Kynese Davis’ 3-pointer fell well short of the basket as time expired.
The referees retreated to the corner of the court to briefly converse before they permanently left the court to a chorus of boos. Celina coach Jordan Davis immediately sprinted after the referees but stopped at the edge of the court.
“I’m so proud of the girls and the way they fought,” Jordan Davis said. “They never gave up and they played hard the whole time. I’m just really proud of them. It’s a sad way to go out, but I’m proud of them and the way that they fought.”
Through A&M-Commerce officials, the referees from Temple offered no comment to Argyle or Celina coaches regarding the end of the game. Celina’s fans booed as Argyle received its trophy and celebrated with the fans that made the trek to Commerce for the regional tournament final.
Argyle led 39-36 in the final minute of the fourth quarter when Davis knocked down a 3-pointer with 18.1 seconds left. Argyle couldn’t get a basket to go down in the final seconds of the quarter, and the game went to overtime.
In overtime, the game was either tied or Celina held no lead bigger than two points. Stastny was fouled with 9.1 seconds left and went to the free throw line. She made the first shot, missed the second and then Argyle stormed down the court.
Sain caught the ball near the basket, turned around and banked a short jumper off the backboard as time expired to send the game into double overtime.
Gray and Sain combined 11 of Argyle’s 12 points in the two overtimes. Sain said her emotions had never been that high before. She also added that Saturday’s performance was far from her team’s best.
“I don’t think we played our best, at all — we obviously didn’t — but this is Celina,” Sain said. “We beat them twice already. We didn’t want to lose to them when it really counts.”
Celina ripped off a 13-2 run and opened up a seven-point lead at the end of the first quarter. Stastny hit a 3-pointer in the second quarter to put Celina ahead 25-15, putting Argyle behind by 10 points for the second time this season.
Brock 39, Sunnyvale 33
In a matchup of the top two teams in the final 2A state rankings, No. 2 Brock beat No. 1 Sunnyvale in the Region II final.
Brock, the defending 2A state champion, reached the state tournament for the sixth consecutive season. Sunnyvale, trying to reach state for the first time, finished 34-1.