Pantherettes Advance, Defeat Lady Volunteers 61-40

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67 and 0 has a real nice ring to it.

The Pantherettes are hoping to complete this season and still hold on to that zero, and the title of State Champions.

On Friday night, they took a step closer to completing that quest by downing the Arlington Bowie Lady Volunteers in the regional semi-final game, 61-40.

The only time the Pantherettes didn’t have complete control of the game was in the first three minutes of the game.

The Pantherettes controlled the tip, but didn’t Bowie was able to get the first bucket and actually hold the lead until the 5:40 mark of the first quarter when the Pantherettes tied up the game at 4-4. Almost a minute later Tasia Foman hit a 3-pointer to give Duncanville a 7-4 lead, and the Lady Volunteers were never close again.

By the time the first quarter ended, the Pantherettes had extended their lead to 16-8.

While Foman and Kiara Perry controlled the ball the first quarter, Ariel Atkins took over the second quarter by scoring 11 points in the period.

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Kiara Perry – Photo by Ron Byrd

Defensively, Antoina Robinson, Shannon Franklin, and Destiny Means held down the paint, with Robinson totaling 2 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks in the first half.

The Pantherettes outscored the Lady Volunteers 20-12 in the second period and took a 36-20 lead into the locker room.

The officials had called the first half very tight with Duncanville being whistled for 7 fouls, while Bowie was only called for 4 fouls. The second half saw any even larger volume of fouls, as Duncanville was called for 8, and Bowie had 7 fouls called against them.

The second half saw Bowie try to mount a comeback, but the Pantherettes clamped down and extended their lead by two points, 50-32, by the time the fourth quarter started.

In the fourth Pantherette coach Cathy Self-Morgan took the opportunity to give some of her starters a longer breather, but Duncanville still stretched the lead out further, closing out the game for a 21-point victory, 61-40.

Missing from the game was the usual fast and even flow of what has been expected for the Pantherettes.

When asked about any game plan changes going into Saturday’s game coach Self-Morgan said the team needs to find their high energy and positive attitudes, and not get frustrated.

“We missed some easy shots and some bad passes that we don’t usually do and the kids got frustrated,” said Self-Morgan. “We’ve got to get that negativism out of our game. We couldn’t get really get in our sync and then we got frustrated and missed some easy things and not capitalizing when we got good stops. That’s not the way we play.”

The Pantherettes did have a 13-2 run to start the second quarter that built the lead to 31-10 for Duncanville, but the game was not as smooth as the Pantherette games have been this season. “This group knows how to put the run together, tonight it just wasn’t flowing for them,” said Self-Morgan.

The Pantherettes will be taking on the Lady Mustangs of Lubbock Coronado High School on Saturday in the Regional Finals. The game is schedule for 1PM at the Wilkerson-Grines Activity Center in Fort Worth.

Coronado defeated Flower Mound Marcus in the early game on Friday, 64-57. Coronado comes into the regional finals with a 36-1 season record, having won 36 games straight. The Lady Mustangs lost their season opener to Canyon.

The winner of Saturday’s game will move on to Austin next weekend to take on either Pflugerville or Spring Dekaney in the semi-finals on Friday. Pflugerville and Dekaney play on Saturday at Baylor University at 6PM. Pflugerville defeated Plano West 64-63 on Friday evening, while Spring Dekaney beat Dallas Skyline to advance.

On the other side of the bracket, Clear Springs takes on Seven Lakes at 4PM at the Aldine ISD Campbell Center, while Cibolo Steele plays San Antonio Wagner at the UT Pan-American Field House at 1PM to see who advances to Austin

The last weekly rankings of the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches has Duncanville at #1, Pflugerville at #2, Clear Springs #3, Lubbock Coronado #5, Spring Dekaney #9, San Antonio Wagner #12, Cibolo Steele #20, and Seven Lakes #22.

The Pantherettes are still ranked #2 in the nation in the USA Today Girls High School rankings.

Duncanville Pantherettes

Name Fouls Rebounds Steals Blocks Points
Kiara Perry 1 6 1 1 16
Chrineisha Davis 1 2
Ariel Atkins 2 8 4 1 20
Morgan Chambers 1 1
Tasia Foman 5 5 2 8
Tamara Washington 2 6 3 6
Destiny Means 1 2
Madison Townley 1
Antoina Robinson 4 2 2 2 7
Shannon Franklin 3 1 1 2
Total 15 35 14 5 61

Arlington James Bowie Lady Volunteers

Name Fouls Rebounds Steals Blocks Points
Emerald Mayfield 2 5
Tamiyjah Smith
Bria Degrate
Nia Roberts 1 1 3
Niniva Taito 2 8
Racquel Williams
Jazmine Homan 4 4 1 2
Sekora Martinez
Nicole Iloanya
Kayla Brown 3 4 6
Kaylen Taylor 3 1 5
Quiauna Faggett
Ashley Ferguson 1 3 10
Sierra Elkins 1
Total 11 13 6 40
1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr Final
Duncanville Pantherettes 16 20 14 11 61
Arlington Bowie Lady Volunteers 8 12 12 8 40