COMMERCE — I think we all saw this one coming.
In a few hours, Argyle and Celina will play for the third and final this season, with the winner headed to the Class 3A girls basketball state tournament.
Argyle finished the regular season ranked second in 3A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. Celina finished the season ranked fourth.
Oh, and Argyle finished first in District 10-3A, just ahead of Celina.
Yeah, this is going to be a good one.
“We are rivals, always have been. In football, basketball, everything, we’re rivals,” Argyle head coach Skip Townsend said after last night’s 52-26 win against Canton. “It’ll be that kind of game down here at regionals to see who goes to state.”
The 3A Region II final is scheduled to tip at 1 p.m. today at Texas A&M-Commerce’s Field House.
Celina is coming off a 69-52 victory over Crandall in last night’s regional quarterfinal. Celina standout guard KJ Stastny led all scorers with 18 points, while Callie Wells and Sarah Cantu each scored 14 for the Lady Bobcats in the win.
Argyle has won two previous meetings this season, and the Lady Eagles (34-1) will try to beat Celina for a third time in 2014.
“It’s going to be intense because it’s hard to beat a good team three times in one year,” Argyle junior center Delaney Sain said. “It’s going to be a pretty tough game, but I believe we can do it.”
Argyle’s defense was strong again in its win against Canton last night. But the Lady Eagles will have the tough task of containing Celina’s explosive offense, which is led by Stastny. Stastny, Cantu and Wells all have the ability to pull up and knock down long-range shots, something nobody has been able to do against Argyle in the playoffs.
This will be a very physical contest between two teams that don’t really like each other too much. Celina traveled very well last night and they did in last year’s regional tournament as well. Argyle, on the other hand, didn’t bring many fans, but I’d be surprised if a good amount of people don’t make the trek east to watch this one.