There was no doubt that fourth-ranked Decatur’s regional quarterfinal match against top-ranked Argyle would go five games.
This is the way it was supposed to end.
Two 3A heavyweights, meeting before they should have, put on the show everyone paid to see, slugging it out for five games, trading blows, momentum shifting and in the end – this time the underdog won.
Decatur (36-7) slipped past Argyle (32-10) Tuesday in the Region II Class 3A regional quarterfinal at Byron Nelson High School, 25-22, 18-25, 21-25, 25-19, 15-11.
Erasing the demons that have haunted them since Argyle defeated Decatur in the region final last season, and twice more since then, the Lady Eagles stormed the court Tuesday, celebrating what may be the biggest win in program history.
So far, anyway.
“When the ball hit the floor for the final time, it felt like everything was right,” junior setter Stormi Leonard said. “It’s like that’s what we were meant to do.”
Senior Katie Isham added, “It was like a dream. Everybody just dogpiled on top of us, and it was great. I would have to scream to describe what it feels like.”