ARGOS — Argos' girls basketball team learned a valuable lesson about being in the right place at the right time Tuesday.
Boosted by a fleet-footed backcourt, the Dragons' help-and-recover man-to-man defense held visiting Triton to a miserable 17 percent clip from the field, and senior forward Latisha Shepherd knocked down a game-high 18 points as Argos earned a 43-29 win at Phil Weybright Gymnasium.
Argos' help-side defense, which consistently plugged up driving lanes, relegated the Trojans to the perimeter where they finished 3 of 18 from 3-point range.
"We've been stressing help-side defense," Argos head coach Nick Medich said. "With our guard play tonight, the other guard defensively was popping up to help and was quick to get back to her spot.
"The first couple games we were fouling too much," he added. "You don't have to be on top of somebody to be playing good defense; you just need to be in the right spot, and I hope the girls learned that. What we saw tonight is how we want it to look. I thought we played a really good game."
Meanwhile, the Trojans started slowly on both ends of the floor and fell behind 14-4 after the first stanza, and even though they battled back to within two points late in the second quarter, never led. That marked a major departure from last weekend's back-to-back wins over North Judson-San Pierre and Oregon-Davis.