Duncanville Defeats Cypress Falls – To Play Dekaney in State Finals

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The Duncanville Pantherettes entered the state semi-final game having defeated last year’s state 5A champion last weekend. This week Duncanville took on Houston Cypress Falls in the state semi-finals and walked away with a 64-40 victory.

Duncanville played Cypress Falls earlier this year in the McDonalds Tournament and defeated them 58-47. When asked about the closer score senior Morgan Bolton credited the team with growing during the season. “We have a lot of passion as a team and our bond has grown stronger. No one can take this from us,” said Bolton, a University of Arkansas Little Rock signee. “At the McDonald’s tournament we were shaky and throughout the season we’ve grown stronger.

The Pantherette entire season was defined between from 6:21 in the second quarter, to 6:45 in the third quarter. During the roughly eight minute span, the Pantherettes held the Lady Eagles scoreless, while the Pantherettes poured in 21 points.

“We knew we had to take them out on defense. These girls step up and love it,” said Pantherette coach Cathy Self-Morgan. “You can see the girls get that look and you know they are going to get that steal, and push it to a two on one, or three on one break.”

The Pantherettes scored ten fast break points on thirteen steals for the game, compared to Cypress Falls’ four on six steals.

Senior Empress Davenport echoed the coach. “Defense comes first and the offense will fall in place,” said the University of Texas signee.

Kiara Perry, junior forward, also knows how important defense is. “Offense comes from defense and rebounds,” said Perry.

The biggest difference between the two teams was the inside play of the Pantherettes. Duncanville scored thirty-four points in the paint, compared to fourteen by the Lady Eagles.

Coach Self-Morgan also credited a new tool in their training regime that the Pantherettes started using this year, yoga. “The girls like practice runs on everything. They’ve been doing yoga all year and learning to visualize,” says Self-Morgan.

That is one of the reasons the team arrived on Thursday evening, watched the other playoff games, and experienced the playoff atmosphere at the tournament. “How can you visualize it if you haven’t seen it,” said the coach.

Another factor Duncanville has in their favor is the legacy of the Pantherette name.

“We have to keep our legacy going,” says sophomore Ariel Atkins. This year is the Pantherettes twenty-first appearance in the state playoffs, starting in 1951 and appearing last in 2004. For the other 5A teams in the playoffs, this is the first appearance of all of them.

Her sophomore counterpart Tasia Foman also knows that the Pantherettes have a huge support at home. “It means everything to us. We have our community behind us,” said Foman.

Coach Self-Morgan also knows that the community expects the Pantherettes to win. “We won the Sandra Meadows Classic and our community came out to support us and saw what we were capable of.”

In the state finals, the Pantherettes will take on Spring Dekaney from Houston. Dekaney defeated San Antonio Reagan in the other semi-final game 50-35.

Dekaney comes in with a 39-1 record and having defeated Humble Kingwood, Georgetown, Humble Atascocita, DeSoto, Garland Sachse, and San Antonio Reagan in the playoffs. Senior guard Alexis Durley (#15) is the leading scorer for the Lady Wildcats, averaging 13.4 points per game.

The game is scheduled to start at 8:30 PM on Saturday, March 3rd at the Frank Erwin Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus. The game will be carried live on Fox Sports Southwest, but due to a conflict with the Dallas Mavericks game, the game will be on Fox Sports Southwest Plus in the Duncanville area. The tape delayed broadcast will be at 11:00PM on Fox Sports Southwest.

You can also join us here on MyDuncanville.com for a live in-game chat. We will be giving updates to the game, and providing updates on the MyDuncanville.com Facebook, and Twitter feed.


# Name Height Position Rebounds Points Assists Block Steals
00 Kiara Perry 5’11” G/F 7 4 2 1
10 Morgan Bolton 5’6″ G 5 15 2 2
11 Empress Davenport 5’10” G 2 8 6 3
12 Ariel Atkins 5’10” G 6 15 2 2 2
14 Adrianna Davis 5’6″ G
20 Tasia Foman 5’6″ G 6 12 2 4 4
23 Alisha Spearman 5’6″ G 2 2 1
33 Destiny Means 6’1″ G
41 Martisha Bables 5’11” C 2
44 Antoina Robinson 6’1″ C 3 6 1 1
45 Shannon Franklin 5’11” C
Team 2
Total 33 64 16 6 13

Houston Cypress Falls

# Name Height Position Rebounds Points Assists Block Steals
3 Sadalia Ellis 5’7″ G 4 2 3 1
5 Jasmine Green 5’5″ G 4 1
10 Bree Fabritsis 5’6″ G
11 Hallye Fogtman 5’7″ G/F 1
12 Kit Metoyer 5’10” G/F 5 5 1
14 Shernise Robertson 5’6″ G 5 1
15 DeeDee Lee 5’7″ G
22 Kortne’ Evans 5’6″ G 2 1
23 Erin Caldwell 6’2″ F/C 4
24 Joann Modeste 5’7″ F
25 Kayla Tarver 6’1″ F
30 Katie Najvar 5’11” F
32 Loryn Goodwin 5’9″ G/F 5 19 1 2 3
44 LaDaja’ Honora 5’10” F
55 Carol Willie 6’2″ F/C 6 2 1 5
Team 7
Total 31 40 7 7 6