Girls Basketball: Argyle & Liberty Christian Ready For New Season

Girls Basketball: Argyle & Liberty Christian Ready For New Season

When Argyle girls basketball coach Chance Westmoreland found out one of his star players, Sydney Standifer, would miss
this season with a knee injury, he didn’t once consider throwing in the towel. Sure, losing a player like that – especially one that was the MVP of last year’s state title game – is a massive loss and would cripple most programs. But Argyle isn’t like “most programs,” and Westmoreland believes in the players he has.

“If you look at last year, we were young and had lost a lot of key players to graduation. But the girls we had fought hard, and we did well,” Westmoreland said. “We’ve still got a good nucleus.” So Sydney Standifer or no Sydney Standifer, Argyle is ready to defend its fourth straight state championship. That has the town of Argyle bursting at the seams given that, just down the road, Liberty Christian’s girls team has the same history of winning gold.

Though Liberty didn’t win it all last year, the Lady Warriors have been to the state tournament eight times over the previous 11 seasons, winning it all in 2007, 2008, 2011, 2015, and 2016. Two great teams. A championship tradition. One town. “We have a lot of girls who logged a lot of minutes last year,” Liberty coach Ken Burroughs said. “On paper, we should be a lot better and stronger than we were a year ago. But that doesn’t mean anything. You still have to go play.”

Below is a quick breakdown of both teams for the 2018-19 season:

Argyle
Mascot: Eagles
Record last year: 34-7
Key players: Rhyle McKinney, Brooklyn Carl, Kennedy Reaves, Grace Freeman, Maggie Adams

Note: Argyle wasn’t expected to make it to the state tournament given how hard it was hit by graduation, but Standifer and company engineered an impressive playoff run before knocking off San Antonio Veterans Memorial in last year’s final. McKinney and Carl are the team’s lone returning starters. This will be Westmoreland’s second season as the program’s head coach.

 

Liberty Christian
Mascot: Warriors
Record last year: 28-12
Key players: Bailey Lewis, Gabby McBride, Bella Hughes, Payton Oltrogge, Aimee Alverson

Note: Liberty was hit hard by graduation following the 2016 season but put together a decent run last year before losing to San Antonio Incarnate Word in the region final. Lewis is a big presence down low, and Burroughs is known for always have strong shooters around the perimeter.


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