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Argyle controls every facet of semis against Navarro to coast into 3A championships
AUSTIN – Argyle left no doubt that it belonged in the state tournament with a convincing 64-37 victory against Geronimo Navarro in a semifinal Thursday at the Frank Erwin Center.
Argyle players grew tired of hearing that they didn’t deserve to advance to the state tournament after a controversial 51-50 double-overtime victory against Celina in the Region II championship.
“We know we should be here and it’s our time,” freshman guard Vivian Gray said. “We just really wanted to show them that we deserve it.”
Argyle went on a 19-2 run that spanned parts of the first two quarters to claim a 25-11 lead. The game was never close after that.
The stats tell the story: Argyle outscored Navarro in the paint 36-20, on second chance points 14-4, and on fast breaks, 16-4. Argyle also out-rebounded Navarro 29-17.
“We struggled to score,” said Navarro coach Darrell Harborth, who led the program to its first state tournament since 1955. “Their length bothered us, and they’re very good with their defense. And that’s what good teams do to get to this point.”
Argyle (36-1) advances to face Waco La Vega in the 3A state championship at 10 a.m. Saturday. La Vega defeated Abilene Wylie, 66-53, in the semifinal after Argyle’s.
Gray led all scorers with 19 points. She joined Delaney Sain (15 points) and Jesse Sheridan (13) in double figures. The guard trio also combined for seven steals.
The game was far less competitive than the regional championship against Celina, which went down to the wire. That game ended with the officials running off the court after blowing a whistle with one second remaining, leaving both teams unclear what happened.
Regardless of whether the call was a travel, a foul or an inadvertent whistle, Townsend said tough opponents like Celina prepared his group for state.
“Whoever survives Region II is prepared for anything you can face,” Argyle coach Skip Townsend said. “I’m not sure about Saturday, though. It’ll be a tough game against one of those clubs.
“And for the record,” Townsend added. “Last Saturday there was a carry, and a walk, before the foul.”
Argyle vs. Waco La Vega
10 a.m. today, Frank Erwin Center in Austin (FSSW+)
Previous titles: 2A in 2006
Semifinal: def. Geronimo Navarro 64-37
Key players: G Vivian Gray (19 points on 6-of-10 shooting in semifinal); C Delaney Sain (15 points, 5 rebounds); G Jesse Sheridan (13 points, 5 assists).
Notable: Argyle coach Skip Townsend, who won six state championships at Brock, has won 13 straight games at the state tournament. ... Argyle has won 24 games in a row, with only three of those victories closer than 10 points. ... The 5-11 Sain will try to slow down La Vega’s 6-4 center, Erin DeGrate, who has scored more than 20 points in eight of her last 12 games.
WACO LA VEGA
Previous titles: None
Semifinal: def. Abilene Wylie 66-53
Key players: C Erin DeGrate (24 points, 13 rebounds, 5 blocks in semifinal); G Calveion Landrum (19 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists); G Yasmine Evans (11 points, 7 rebounds).
Notable: La Vega has won its games by an average of 26.9 points. ... Landrum is ranked by ESPN’s HoopGurlz as the 15th-best recruit in the nation in the Class of 2016. ... This is La Vega’s second appearance in a state title game. It lost to Dripping Springs in the 3A final in 1994.
Ben Baby, staff reports