Scoring drought dooms Sissies in loss to Argyle

By Reece Waddell | Published Friday, January 4, 2019.
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For a nine-minute stretch Friday night, the Bridgeport Sissies could not buy a basket.

Bridgeport scored with 3:32 left in the first half and did not score again until Emily Vidal hit a baseline jumper late in the third quarter. Argyle mounted an 11-0 run during that span to build a double-digit lead.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

“It was just a scoring drought,” said Bridgeport coach Dallas Taylor. “It’s not that necessarily the other team was doing something differently. If you look at the shot chart, we’re getting easy buckets right at the rim. We’re just not finishing. You’ve got to play through it and try to get out of it.”

The Sissies were never able to.

Bridgeport cut Argyle’s lead to four, 37-33, with 49.9 seconds remaining. That was as close at they got, as the Lady Eagles hung on for a 40-35 victory in the District 8-4A opener.

Argyle junior Rhyle McKinney, who helped the Lady Eagles win the 4A title last year, finished with a game-high 25 points.

“The difference was we had a job to do on [McKinney] tonight and there was a lapse there where we didn’t do our job,” Taylor said. “We had a mental breakdown in the second [quarter] and allowed her nine points.. It’s key that you stop that kid, because she can score.”

McKinney knocked down two 3-pointers in the first quarter that allowed Argyle to pull ahead and then made several clutch free throws down the stretch.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

“Her moves are very quick,” Vidal said. “She’s probably one of the fastest guards we’ve played this season. It’s good for us. It helps us learn for the next time we get to play them. Hopefully we can shut her down.”

Bridgeport shot under 20 percent from the floor in the first half. Ashley Ingram gave the Sissies their first and only lead midway through the second quarter on a nifty up-and-under move in the post.

She finished with a team-high nine points. Vidal added eight.

The Sissies made a late 6-1 run in the waning moments of the fourth quarter, but a turnover gave Argyle a pair of free throws that sealed the victory. Bridgeport held the Lady Eagles to just two field goals in the final frame.

The loss dropped the Sissies to 17-7  and 0-1 in 8-4A play. Bridgeport has now lost three straight to Argyle dating back to last season.

Both of the meetings between the two schools last year were decided by two points. Argyle and Bridgeport will meet again Jan. 22.

“I’m antsy to see them again, and hopefully we’ll come out on top of that one,” Taylor said. “Because I feel like we’re the better team.”

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