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Argyle Continues Dynasty; Powers To 5th Consecutive State Title

Saturday's UIL 4A state girls basketball championship was a game of runs, but Argyle ultimately hung on for a 49-41 win against Hardin-Jefferson at San Antonio's Alamodome. The experienced Eagles, who played in their sixth consecutive title game, claimed their fifth straight crown.

"I'm just so happy for this group of girls," said Argyle coach Chance Westmoreland. "They worked hard in practice, they executed our game plans [and] played their hearts out."

VYPE Player of the Game and three-time UIL state champ Rhyle McKinney scored all 11 of Argyle's first quarter points, and finished with a game-high 25.

"I knew I had to step up," said McKinney. "And, then once I started stepping up, the team felt more comfortable to do defense. And then at halftime, coaches told us our game plan for the second half, and we were able to pull through."

Hardin-Jefferson was the first team to make a statement, with its 10-3 start. Ashlon Jackson scored six of her 14 points in the opening quarter to put the Hawks in front early.

But, Argyle rode the hot hand of McKinney, as well as its five first half made threes, to bounce back in the form of a 22-14 lead.

Hardin-Jefferson found late first half success, and only trailed 27-23 at the halftime. Jackson's buzzer-beating three gave the Hawks momentum going into the second half, but Argyle squashed that with a 11 point lead in the third quarter.

The fourth quarter was more of the same, with Argyle leading by as many as 14 points and Hardin-Jefferson rallying late to lose by only eight.

Other notable performers included Argyle's Brooklyn Carl and Bailey Timmons, who contributed 10 and nine points respectively. Along with them, Tunisha Strong and Delberta Guillory-Smith gave Hardin-Jefferson 10 and eight points respectively.

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