Duncanville Pantherettes are the 2012 UIL 5A State Champions

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It took thirty-two minutes of basketball to crown the 2012 Duncanville Pantherettes the Texas UIL 5A Girls Basketball Champions. But, the game was decided way before the final buzzer.

This was a year that started out with some uncertainties for Pantherette Coach Cathy Self-Morgan. Having always coached a post style of play, Self-Morgan was having to adapt to smaller players and open the offense up.

“The girls really embraced the new system. They were up practicing even when I wasn’t watching. I’d get reports back from the janitors on how hard they were working on defense and running the ball,” said Self-Morgan.

Senior guard Morgan Bolton confirmed it, “I loved it, it really let’s us play the way we like. It’s great for the guards.”

When asked about her most difficult game of the season, Coach Self-Morgan pointed to the Regional playoff game against Irving MacArthur. However, the Pantherettes played possibly their most complete game of the season in the state finals, completely dismantling the Lady Wildcats of Spring Dekaney by a score of 69-31.

“Start to finish we played real hard, we didn’t want to give up and this is what we wanted and we played as a team and we got it,” said senior Empress Davenport. “I thought it would a closer game than what it was, but it was a win, we’ll take it.”

Davenport was named the Championship Game Most Valuable Player on what will be her home court next year at the University of Texas at Austin. “It’s amazing and then to get this trophy (MVP) at the end of the game, I think my whole team deserves the trophy. We played as a team and got it done so I feel it is an accomplishment for all of us,” said Davenport.

Probably the strongest trait of the Pantherettes in the Championship Game, just as it has been all season, was there defense. The Lady Wildcats were held without a field goal until 6:14 in the second quarter when Alexis Durley hit a jumper to make the score 26-6. The other four points came on free throws. They would then be held scoreless again until 1:33 remaining in the first half when Jaleesa Chapel hit a free throw and then with thirty-eight seconds remaining Shunte Nevitt hit a jump shot to bring their point total to nine points in the first half.

Meanwhile the Pantherette offense was shooting lights out. By the end of the first quarter the Pantherettes had taken a 24-3 lead, and had stretched that lead to 41-9 by the end of the first half. Davenport led with thirteen points in the half, with Morgan Bolton with twelve points and Tasia Foman had nine points. Kiara Perry was a beast under the basket with eight rebounds in the half.

The Pantherettes held Dekaney to a 10.5% shooting percentage, while shooting 51.9% from the field in the first half.

By the end of the game, seven Pantherettes had gotten in on the scoring, with Foman (21 points), Davenport (17 points), and Bolton (12 points) getting into double figures.

The third quarter saw Duncanville step on the gas a little more, and stretch the lead to a forty-one points, 61-20. In the final quarter Coach Self-Morgan was able to get some of her other players in to the game and they closed out the game by a score of 69-31 to take the state title.

Coach Self-Morgan will only be losing four players to graduation this year, with seven players returning, including starters Kiara Perry (junior), Ariel Atkins (sophomore), and Tasia Foman (sophomore). With that in mind, a return trip to Austin next year looks promising.

“The seniors this year set the bar really high,” says Self-Morgan.

The Pantherettes will be returning to Duncanville on Sunday at approximately 6PM, after staying in Austin to watch Texas and Texas A&M women’s basketball teams play at noon.


# Name Position Rebounds Points Assists Block Steals
00 Kiara Perry G/F 12 4 3 1
10 Morgan Bolton G 7 12 5 2
11 Empress Davenport G 3 17 3
12 Ariel Atkins G 6 7 2 1 4
14 Adrianna Davis G 1
20 Tasia Foman G 6 21 2 2 3
23 Alisha Spearman G 3
33 Destiny Means G 3
41 Martisha Bables C 1 2
44 Antoina Robinson C 3 6 2 2 1
45 Shannon Franklin C 1
Total 46 69 17 5 11

Spring Dekaney

# Name Position Rebounds Points Assists Block Steals
10 Tiara Hornsby G
12 Regine Adams F
14 Alexis Thomas G
15 Alexis Durley G 1 4
20 Brianna Taylor G 3 5 1
22 Kim Hill F
23 Kayla Nevitt G 3 5 1 3
24 Amber Driver G 1 1
25 Jaleesa Chapel G 2 12 2
30 Shunta Nevitt F 5 5 1
32 Jada Ballou G
33 Jade Rayford G
40 Kadetra O’Brine F/C
44 Amber Atkins F/C 2 1
45 Abby White F
50 Dee Dee Rhines F/C
Team 6
Total 23 31 1 2 7