Girls basketball finishes season as regional quarterfinal champions

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Courtesy of Jennifer Winfrey

The Lady Eagles celebrate their area championship after defeating Dalhart at the regional tournament.

The Lady Eagles basketball team finished their season as regional quarterfinal champions after defeating Dalhart 55-24 at the regional tournament. In the regional semi-final game Feb. 28, Argyle, the defending five-time 4A state champion, narrowly defeated the team 41-38.

The team totaled 29 wins and two losses during the season.

I’m just grateful for everyone on the team and everything they contributed this year.”

— Carter Cluck, 12

“Overall, it was a pretty successful season,” senior Carter Cluck said. “We only lost two close games, and we beat a lot of the teams we lost to the previous year. Other than that last game, there were no regrets. We lost to so many teams last year, and then this year we ended up beating those teams by 20 plus points. That was definitely a motivator for the rest of the season, knowing we could finish strong. It’s just that we didn’t get where we wanted to be, so that would be my only regret.”

As the only senior on the team, Cluck said she had to take on a leadership role during the 

“At first it was weird,” Cluck said. “I just tried to encourage everyone. My main goal was to make everyone know that they had their role on the team, and they knew that they contributed something every game. I had amazing teammates, and I always felt like I could consider them my family. I’m just grateful for everyone on the team and everything they contributed this year.”

Junior Chloe Callahan was nominated as MVP in both the Burleson tournament and the Canyon tournament. Callahan said she wanted to win the state championship.

We still have to continue to work hard so that we can have a state championship my senior year.”

— Chloe Callahan, 11

“I don’t want to end my high school career without a golden medal,” Callahan said. “It definitely pushes us to want to win next year, knowing that Argyle won’t be as good next year, but that doesn’t mean it’s given to us. We still have to continue to work hard so that we can have a state championship my senior year.”

Coach Joe Lombard has coached girls basketball in Canyon for 35 years, bringing home 13 state basketball titles during that time. 

“It’s a privilege to be able to be a part of the Lombard program,” Cluck said. “You definitely have to step up. With the legacy that the Lombards have made for this program, you want to be a part of that. You want to show that you can be just as successful as other teams have in the past. I would say that although it is a lot of pressure, it’s definitely an honor just to be a part of it.”