Guyer loses quarterback, girls hoops coach

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) holds the ball out as he runs out of bounds against Southlake Carroll, Sunday, November 23, 2014, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. David Minton/DRC

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) holds the ball out as he runs out of bounds against Southlake Carroll, Sunday, November 23, 2014, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. David Minton/DRC

The popular phrase two years ago when Shawn Robinson arrived on campus at Guyer was that the rich were simply getting richer.

Coming off six straight seasons of having a future Football Bowl Subdivision quarterback under center, another one fell in Guyer’s lap.

Now, the Wildcats are on the wrong end of the same story, as Robinson will transfer to fellow state power DeSoto for his senior season. He’s once again following his coaching parents.

Robinson’s mother, Andrea, is leaving the same job at Guyer to become the head girls basketball coach at DeSoto after two years with the Lady Wildcats, pending school board approval. His father, Othell, confirmed he has an offer to join DeSoto’s football staff.

Andrea Robinson said she hopes to start her new job on Monday, pending release from her Denton ISD contract.

“It’s tough and unfair for Shawn,” Andrea Robinson said. “He can’t help the fact he has two coaches for parents. If there’s a move for advancement, he gets the backlash. He doesn’t wake up and say, ‘It’s my senior year. I want to move now.’ I hate he gets penalized for that. He loves where he is. Guyer’s been good to Shawn, and Shawn loves Guyer.”

Guyer travels to DeSoto in Week 2 of the 2016 season on Sept. 2.

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Argyle defends title, gets salty in postgame

Argyle's head coach Skip Townsend speaks to his team during the UIL Girls Basketball 4A State Championship at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Saturday, March 5, 2016. (Stephen Spillman/Special Contributor)

Argyle’s head coach Skip Townsend speaks to his team during the UIL Girls Basketball 4A State Championship at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Saturday, March 5, 2016. (Stephen Spillman/Special Contributor)

When you go to the state tournament three years in a row and win a second straight against a team you’ve had some epic battles with, it’s OK to get a little cocky.

After defending their Class 4A state crown with a 53-43 win over Waco La Vega on Saturday night in San Antonio, the Lady Eagles were understandably feeling pretty good.

A reporter in the postgame press conference asked star junior Vivian Gray, who has never not played in a state tournament in her career as a three-year starter, how it felt to defend a state title. Her answer was perfect.

“It never gets old,” Gray said into the microphone, flashing a million-dollar smile.

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Argyle girls should expect full dose of press in final

Argyle's Vivian Gray (12) drives around Liberty Hill's Autumn Lange (14) during the UIL Girls State Basketball 4A semifinal at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Friday, March 4, 2016. (Stephen Spillman/Special Contributor)

Argyle’s Vivian Gray (12) drives around Liberty Hill’s Autumn Lange (14) during the UIL Girls State Basketball 4A semifinal at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Friday, March 4, 2016. (Stephen Spillman/Special Contributor)

Here we are, folks.

As many people expected, the rubber match is on: No. 1 Argyle (34-1) vs. No. 2 Waco La Vega (33-2), with tipoff set for 7 p.m. Saturday at San Antonio’s Alamodome.

And you can bet Argyle is expecting to see a heavy dose of pressure defense from the Lady Pirates for two reasons: That’s what La Vega does, and the Lady Eagles showed some vulnerability to Liberty Hill’s press in Friday’s semifinal.

Argyle’s Madison Ralston, who had nine points and three rebounds on Friday, said it herself in Friday night’s postgame press conference.

“Watching the game before us, that team [Abilene Wylie] couldn’t really handle their [La Vega] press, and I think we can handle it,” Ralston said.

That means Argyle will have to be more like it was in the second half of Friday’s game (four turnovers) than how the Lady Eagles played in the first half (11 turnovers). Argyle head coach Skip Townsend, who’s going for his eighth state title in 10 tournament appearances, said he thought the layoff since Argyle’s regional final win over Dallas Lincoln might’ve contributed to his team’s sloppiness, and Argyle wasn’t the only team affected by it.

“They’re known for their press,” Townsend said of Liberty Hill. “We haven’t had a lot of trouble with that. Dallas Lincoln pressed us last week, and we did a good job. They had a good scheme though and we figured it out the second half. We got some points off it in the second half.

“No excuses, but it’s tough when you haven’t played a game in [five] days, and I think you saw that from all four teams. I don’t think any of those teams played as well as they’re capable of playing. I think you’ll see kids play better tomorrow after having that game under their belt.”

For Argyle, that list will have to include sophomore point guard Gabby Standifer. The natural power forward, who’s been moonlighting as a point guard this year, stepped up big in the second half, hitting two straight 3-pointers to get some separation to start the fourth quarter. But she struggled in the first half with six turnovers, forcing Townsend to go more with star forward Vivian Gray bringing the ball up the floor in the second half.

Townsend and Gray both said Standifer was nervous early in Friday’s game, which is understandable when you consider this is his first go-round at the state tournament even though her teammates are all seasoned vets.

I’d expect to see more of a mix from the beginning with Standifer and Gray both handling the ball in the back court, especially if La Vega comes out and presses like it did against Wylie.

“She doesn’t mind being the go-to girl, and we don’t mind giving her the ball,” Townsend said of Gray, the nation’s 14th-ranked junior player.

 

Guyer freshmen ice game down stretch

Guyer freshman De'Vion Harmon (11) steals the ball against Keller, Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at Guyer High School in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

Guyer freshman De’Vion Harmon (11) steals the ball against Keller, Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at Guyer High School in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

In case you missed Tuesday night’s win for Guyer over Flower Mound to open the Class 6A playoffs, here’s a quick recap:

Guyer looked dead, came back, looked dead again, came back again and pulled away late for a 75-65 win with some veteran free-throw shooting. Except one thing, that near-perfect foul shooting down the stretch wasn’t by veterans at all.

Nevermind senior Zach Garza’s game-high 25 points, the importance of that goes without saying. Let’s focus for a moment on that foul shooting with the Jags trying to get back in the game in the ol’ foul-and-cross-your-fingers game.

After Garza hit sixth and final 3-pointer of the night for Guyer with 2:39 remaining to give the Wildcats a 60-58 lead, it became a free-throw game for Guyer. And the Wildcats couldn’t have been better, thanks to their two freshmen standouts.

Jalen Wilson was 5-for-6 from the line in the final two minutes on his way to an 18-point, 9-rebound performance. Classmate De’Vion Harmon went 6-for-6 over the final 45 seconds, with four of those being in a one-and-one situation. Harmon finished the night with 15 points, six rebounds and six assists. So if you’re keeping track, two freshmen went 11-for-12 from the foul line in the final two minutes to give Guyer the win.

That’s impressive. I don’t care who you are.

“They’re young and hungry and have no fear,” Guyer coach Grant Long said. “Those freshmen in the fourth quarter from the free throw line, they had to have been 90-something percent.”

I confirmed, using math, and it was 92 percent. As a team, Guyer shot 91 percent from the line.

“They have no fear and know they’re gonna make it,” Long added. “They want to play the best in the state, and they aren’t scared of anyone.”

 

 

 

 

Guyer girls lose flip(s) for postseason

Guyer senior forward Bre Wickware (30) puts one up against Ryan, Tuesday, February 9, 2016, in Denton, Texas. David Minton/DRC

Guyer senior forward Bre Wickware (30) puts one up against Ryan, Tuesday, February 9, 2016, in Denton, Texas. David Minton/DRC

Not much has gone wrong for the Guyer girls basketball team lately.

Since dropping a game to Keller back on Jan. 19, the Lady Wildcats haven’t lost a game, including Tuesday’s demolition of crosstown foe Ryan to clinch a share of the District 5-6A title with that aforementioned Keller team.

After the game, head coach Andrea Robinson cited that Keller loss as the turning point in her team’s season as the Lady Wildcats have been an offensive juggernaut ever since. On Tuesday, they had two 20-point quarters including a 27-point first quarter that ended the game shortly after it began.

But on Wednesday, Keller got the best of Guyer one more time.

The teams split the regular-season meetings, which resulted in the co-championship. In these instances, coaches can decide to flip a coin for seeding in the playoffs or they can play a game for seeding while they’d still share the district title.

Robinson wanted to play, feeling her team has a hot hand at the moment. Keller wanted nothing to do with playing another game before the postseason begins next week, and Keller won the flip to flip for seeding, then won the flip for the top seed.

That means Guyer will be the second seed from 5-6A and that gets the Lady Wildcats a matchup with Flower Mound on Tuesday at Lake Dallas with a 7 p.m. tipoff against the nation’s top player in 6-4 post Lauren Cox, who’s signed with Baylor.

It’s a big test, for sure, but the way the Lady Wildcats are scoring the basketball right now with their trio of point guard Lauren Heard, Indiana-bound forward Bre Wickware and sharpshooting guard Sydney Meador will have them in just about any game for the long haul.

The day after: Thoughts on the new 6-6A

The UIL announced the new districts for its realignment at the Birdville Fine Arts Complex in North Richland Hills on Monday, February 1, 2016. (David Woo/The Dallas Morning News)

The UIL announced the new districts for its realignment at the Birdville Fine Arts Complex in North Richland Hills on Monday, February 1, 2016. (David Woo/The Dallas Morning News)

In Sunday’s paper, I wrote about some possible scenarios for Guyer in the newest district alignment following Monday’s biennial UIL realignment. The most logical of the bunch seemed to be a pairing that featured the four schools from Lewisville ISD (all in Denton County) along with old district foes Trophy Club Nelson, Coppell and Southlake Carroll.

It seemed to be a great idea and the most logical way to put Guyer alone in 6A in terms of Denton ISD schools. But as we all know, logic doesn’t always make the cut when it comes to realignment, and the result for Guyer was shocking to pretty much everyone.

Instead, Guyer ended up in the new District 6-6A, not with the Lewisville ISD schools, Nelson and Carroll, but instead with Allen, three Plano schools, two McKinney schools and Wylie??? That means Guyer’s closest trip for a district game will be a 26.6-mile trip through rush hour traffic to Plano West. (Flower Mound Marcus, for instance, would’ve been 7.2 miles). Continue reading

Argyle’s Gray expecting to be back soon

Argyle forward Vivian Gray (12) drives under pressure from Waco La Vega guard Kobi Gill (2) during their UIL Class 4A state semifinal girls basketball game on Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)

Argyle forward Vivian Gray (12) drives under pressure from Waco La Vega guard Kobi Gill (2) during their UIL Class 4A state semifinal girls basketball game on Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)

There isn’t a better girls basketball player in our area than Argyle star Vivian Gray.

The 6-1 forward is listed as the No. 14 player in the Class of 2017 by ESPN’s HoopGurlz national rankings and led the Lady Eagles to the Class 4A state championship a year ago after falling just short as a freshman.

On Tuesday night, the Lady Eagles scored a big 64-31 victory over Gainesville without Gray in the lineup, as she was sitting out with a muscle strain around her hip flexor. It was the first game she’s missed in her three seasons of high school basketball, and she hopes to end her streak of not playing at that one game.

Gray said on Thursday she was hurting last Friday when top-ranked Argyle routed the state’s fifth-ranked team from Sanger. In that game, Gray scored 17 points, tying her for the game high, including a couple of unguardable turnaround jumpers on the baseline that showed why she’s thought of so highly.

It was obviously worse on Tuesday night, but she said she’s nearing a return and deemed herself questionable to play in Friday’s game against Krum but said she expects to return no later than next week when Argyle plays Aubrey on Tuesday and clashes with Celina on Friday.

UIL officially moves state basketball tournaments to San Antonio

Ponder celebrated its 2014 Class 2A boys basketball state title at Austin's Frank Erwin Center. The University Interscholastic League announced on Tuesday that the location of the boys and girls state tourneys was moving from Austin to San Antonio.

The University Interscholastic League finalized plans on Tuesday afternoon to move the 2015 girls and boys state basketball tournaments to San Antonio’s Alamodome.

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What to expect: Argyle vs. Waco La Vega

Argyle hopes to celebrate on Saturday when it faces Waco La Vega for the Class 3A girls basketball state title.

It won’t get much better than it’s going to get on Saturday.

No. 1 vs. No. 2. Waco La Vega vs. Argyle. Flying mascot vs. eye-patched mascot.

Grab an overpriced hot dog and find your seat inside the Frank Erwin Center, because it should be a pretty good game.

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Class 3A state tournament: What to watch for in Austin

Delaney Sain and the Argyle Lady Eagles look to pick up the school's second girls basketball state title this weekend in 3A state tournament in Austin.

Theoretically, the four teams playing in this weekend’s Class 3A state tournament have an equal chance of winning the state tournament.

But we know the odds aren’t in everybody’s favor.

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