It’s Tournament Time in Duncanville

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It’s time once again for the finest girl’s varsity basketball tournament in the Southwest, if not the country. The Sandra Meadows Classic gets started on December 27 and runs through December 29.

Teams from across the state, the southern states, and from around the world will be making their way to the City of Champions over the next couple of days, all in the name of basketball.

In the 62nd year of the tournament, it now takes on an international flavor with a team from Australia participating. The Bendigo Braves, an all-star type team of high school players, will be participating this year.

Also traveling from outside the state are first time teams Murphy High School from Mobile, Alabama, and Overton High School from Memphis, Tennessee.

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The 2011 Sandra Meadows Champions – Duncanville Pantherettes

But, all teams are coming with the intention of taking down the defending champions, and the #2 team in the nation according to USA Today, the Duncanville Pantherettes.

“Duncanville will be defending their championship and we have other past champions playing in this year’s tournament such as Houston Bellaire and Houston Westside,” says Tournament Director Steve Martin.

The Pantherettes won last year’s tournament by defeating Plano West in the finals, avenging their only loss of last year. The Pantherettes have gone undefeated since that one loss, and ran their way through the season and the state playoffs to become the Texas 5A State Champions.

“We also have team that won State titles last year in Westbury Christian from Houston, and THESA (Texas Homeschool Educators Sports Association) who won State and National titles,” said Martin.

THESA is currently ranked #49 in the state according to MaxPreps, and they have won the National Championship six years straight, 2007 through 2012.

The Texas Association of Basketball Coaches currently ranks the Pantherettes the #1 team in the state, and they are the odds on favorite to repeat as state champions.

However, they aren’t the only ranked team in the tournament. Here is a complete list of all ranked teams participating in the tournament. Unless otherwise noted, all rankings are according to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.

  • Amarillo Palo Duro #13 Class 4A
  • Beaumont Ozen #4 Class 4A
  • Bishop Lynch #1 Large Private School
  • Clear Springs  #4 Class 5A
  • Desoto #9 Class 5A
  • Duncanville #1 Class 5A
  • Frisco Liberty #22 Class 4A
  • Houston Bellaire #6 Class 5A
  • Kennedale #2 Class 3A
  • Murphy High School– Mobile, Alabama #4 in Alabama according to MaxPreps
  • Overton – Memphis, Tennessee #18 in Tennessee according to MaxPreps
  • Plano West #3 Class 5A
  • Temple #15 Class 5A
  • The Woodlands #21 Class 5A
  • Vista Ridge – Cedar Park #2 Class 4A
  • Westbury Christian – Houston #12 Large Private School

“The competition of this year’s tournament is very strong and will continue to keep the great tradition of the Sandra Meadows Classic as the best holiday tournament for high school girls basketball in the Southwest,” said Martin

Live video coverage of the semi-final games and the championship games can be seen on an Internet broadcast at www.sportgram.net on Saturday December 29.

You can follow the tournament on www.sandrameadowsclassic.com. The tournament will be updating the online bracket and providing box scores of all games. The tournament also has official Facebook and Twitter (#smclassic) pages.

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College coaches and scouts at the 2011 tournament

“The Duncanville Lion’s Club is proud to partner with the DISD Athletic Department, the City of Duncanville and Coach Cathy- Self Morgan to make this one of the elite tournaments in the Nation. Our goal is not to make money but simply to continue building a great tradition and showcasing the best talent in girls’ basketball,” says Martin.

Not only will the teams be descending on Duncanville, college coaches and scouts will be filling the seats around the gyms. Last year saw coaches from across the country at the Sandra Meadows Classic as over 150 college personnel looked for their next recruiting class.

Ticket prices for the tournament are; Adult All Tournament Pass $22, and Student Pass $13. One-day pass for Thursday and Friday are $8 for adults and $5 for students. The one-day pass on Championship Saturday is $10 for adults and $7 for students. Seniors 65 and older receive a $2 discount, and children under the age of five are free.