Girls basketball: District 10-3A’s top teams set for regional tournament

Throughout the season, it was clear that District 10-3A was one of the strongest girls basketball districts in the state.

Argyle's Vivian Gray (left) and Celina's McKale Grant fight for a loose ball in a January matchup between the two teams. The District 10-3A squads are two of four teams in this weekend's 3A Region II girls basketball tournament in Commerce. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

That feeling was validated when Argyle and Celina both reached this weekend’s 3A Region II tournament at Texas A&M-Commerce. Celina faces Crandall at 6 p.m., while Argyle (33-1) plays Canton (27-7) at 8 p.m.

Only three districts have multiple teams still remaining in the playoffs: District 10-3A (Argyle, Celina), 27-3A (Boerne, Geronimo Navarro), and District 21-3A (Bridge City, Hamshire-Fannett).

But you’d be hard-pressed to find a district as strong as 10-3A.

Argyle reaped the rewards of finishing first in one of the state’s toughest districts and proved why the regular season still matters, even if four of the five teams in the district make the playoffs.

Argyle, which was ranked No. 2 by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, finished first in the district. Celina, ranked fourth in the state, finished second in the district standings while Frisco Lone Star ranked third.

Now, I don’t think there was any doubt that those three teams were going to make the postseason. But the playoff seeding made those regular season battles important.

Argyle’s undefeated district run gave Argyle a relatively easy run to the regional tournament (Sanger, Dallas Roosevelt, Decatur).

Celina, on the other hand, faced Gainesville (won by 7), Wilmer-Hutchins (won by 15) and a Lone Star squad that topped 10th-ranked Melissa. Celina defeated Lone Star by 11 to advance to the regional tournament.

Now Celina’s road to Commerce was only slightly more difficult than Argyle’s path, but you never know what can happen in the postseason, which is why coaches stress the importance of getting an optimal playoff seed.

And if both teams can win their respective games on Friday, the rankings and playoff seeds will be thrown out and District’s 10-3A top two teams will be playing for a berth in the state tournament.

 

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