The strong Pantherette defense kept the Lady Indian scoring low, denying Keller’s Mallory Lochart to even meet her average of 12 points per game by holding her to only 6 points in the loss, to take the 52-26 victory and advance to the regional finals.
By the end of the first period, Duncanville held a 13-7 lead and appeared to be playing somewhat tentative. Keller came back in the second and tied the game 13-13 with 4:40 left in the first half. Duncanville took over from there and went on a 16-2 run to go into the second half with a 29-15 lead.
In the third quarter the Duncanville defense played even tighter and held Keller to only 5 points in the period, while scoring 14 of their own.
By the time the fourth rolled around, it was fairly academic as the Pantherettes controlled the ball, the clock and the boards to finish out the game for the 26-point victory.
Zarielle Green led Duncanville, and all scorers with 20 points. Ryanne Johnson led Keller with 16 points.
In the second game of the night, South Grand Prairie came back from a 28-18 deficit at the half, to claim the 47-43 win over Arlington Lamar.
Duncanville and SGP will meet Saturday at 1 p.m. at Fort Worth ISD’s Wilkerson Greines Activity Center to determine who travels to San Antonio to play in the state championship games.
The Pantherettes and Lady Warriors have already met twice this year with Duncanville coming out on top in both games, 67-46 and 73-48.
The state tournament 6A semi-finals game will be played at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 3, with the finals being played Saturday, March 4, at 8:30 p.m. All state games will be played at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
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