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Lady Eagles’ Basketball Wins 4-Peat

Girls Take UIL Division 4A State Championship versus Veterans Memorial 60-41, Freshman Sydney Standifer Earns MVP

Freshman Sydney Standifer makes a layup for the Lady Eagles as they take on Veterans memorial in the UIL State Championship game.  (Campbell Wilmot (Campbell Wilmot/ The Talon News)

Freshman Sydney Standifer makes a layup for the Lady Eagles as they take on Veterans memorial in the UIL State Championship game. (Campbell Wilmot (Campbell Wilmot/ The Talon News)

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Freshman Sydney Standifer makes a layup for the Lady Eagles as they take on Veterans memorial in the UIL State Championship game. (Campbell Wilmot (Campbell Wilmot/ The Talon News)

Stacy Short, Reporter

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As one of only sixteen schools in UIL history to win four straight state championship games in a row, the Lady Eagles controlled this year’s momentum and the game to come out on top and become the UIL Division 4A state champions at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX on March 3.

The Lady Eagles win their fourth consecutive state championship by winning against Veterans Memorial in the UIL State Division 4A Championship game. (Stacy Short/ The Talon News)

“It’s just an incredible accomplishment for this group of girls,” head coach Chance Westmoreland said. “Winning four in a row feels so special, but it’s just all about this team winning this year. Even though it did extend the streak, I think this a complete new era.”

This year, the players all had to adapt and adjust to one another, but according to Westmoreland, they all came together at the right time.

“We got off to a fast start,” he said. “They responded, they were ready to play, they were locked in, and that helped us win the game today.”

During the state semi-final game against Houston Wheatley, sophomore Sydney Standifer, who traditionally has high scoring games, was not able to deliver, but she turned that around today.

“Yesterday, I was a little bit nervous,” she said. “The lights were kind of bright, but when we were coming in and shooting around in our warm-ups [today], I just knew it was so much different.”

Sydney ended up earning the MVP award for the state final game as lead scorer at 22 points, including several 3-pointers and seven free throws.

“We all had to play together, and everyone had to contribute,” Sydney said. “I feel like those [early 3-pointers] helped the team to get off to a good start.”

According to Sydney, she and her sister, senior Gabby Standifer had “always dreamed of winning a state championship.”

“I wouldn’t have wanted it to end any other way, and everything just paid off, ” she said, “and I’m just so happy I got to do it with my sister.”

The Standifer sisters and sophomore Ryle McKinney scored 56 of the 60 winning points, which has been a key part of winning games this season.

“When you have three girls that score, you are definitely pretty lethal,” Westmoreland said. “Great players make great plays, and it’s been that way all year long with these three.”

Westmoreland plans to be in the mix next year as long as the team competes and works hard.

“As long as you have championship DNA, you have a chance to be successful,” he said. “That’s what we have here at Argyle, and we carried that over again and were able to get a championship this year.”

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Senior Gabby Standifer goes up for a lay-up in as the Lady Eagles take on Veterans memorial in the UIL State Championship game with a final score of 60-41. (Campbell Wilmot (Campbell Wilmot/ The Talon News)

Gabby says she is both overjoyed and sad with this being her last game, but she has a message for her teammates for next year.

“Work as hard as you can, and in the end, all your hard work will pay off,” Gabby said. “Always stay humble and compete, and obviously it just pays off.”

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