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Argyle overwhelms Sissies, sweeps season series

By Reece Waddell | Published Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
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As time expired in the first quarter, Argyle sophomore Bailey Timmons slipped away from a Bridgeport defender and buried a corner 3-pointer.

The trey gave the Lady Eagles a 15-12 lead entering the second quarter and sparked a run the Sissies were never able to overcome.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

“It was a close, good game at the end of the first quarter,” said Bridgeport coach Dallas Taylor. “I feel like we’re right with them.”

Argyle went on a 17-0 push and held Bridgeport scoreless for most of the second quarter. Ashley Ingram finally stopped the bleeding with a free throw as halftime neared, but the damage was done, as the Lady Eagles cruised to a 61-41 victory Tuesday night.

“We went on a scoring drought there,” Taylor said. “They started doubling our bigs. Our guards passed up some shots, got out of rhythm and now we’re playing catch up. I think our kids did a good job of battling, but we dug a hole in that scoring drought that we couldn’t get out of.”

Rhyle McKinney, who went off for 25 points in Bridgeport and Argyle’s first meeting Jan. 4, scored a game-high 18 points. McKinney punctuated the Lady Eagles’ massive run with a step-back 3-pointer that put Argyle up 27-12.

The Lady Eagles pulled down five offensive rebounds during their run that led to nine second-chance points. Argyle tallied 12 offensive rebounds and 17-second chance points on the night.

“We’ve done a really good job on the boards this year,” Taylor said. “It was a mental breakdown. Their second-chance points were big tonight. It gave them an opportunity to shoot.”

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

The Sissies trailed 33-17 at halftime. In the final two quarters, Argyle only outscored Bridgeport 28-24.

“Really if you take the second half score, we only lose by four points,” Taylor said.

Ingram led the Sissies in scoring with 17 points. Her older sister, Delaney, added 11.

Bridgeport starting point guard Emily Vidal, who had surgery to repair a torn ACL in her left knee last spring, came down awkwardly and left the game in the fourth quarter. She never returned, but Taylor said it was just precautionary since the game was out of reach.

“Emily should be good Friday, but if we have to hold her out we’ll hold her out,” Taylor said.

Bridgeport (20-10) dropped to 2-3 in District 8-4A. Argyle clinched a playoff berth with the victory and put a severe dent in the Sissies’ district title hopes.

“What I just told the kids is I hope we have the opportunity to play them a third time,” Taylor said. “I feel like we are the best team in the district [that has a chance] to beat them. We didn’t do it tonight. I’d really like another chance at them.”

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