Pantherettes Claim Sandra Meadows Title by Defeating Blackman, TN 64-43

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Duncanville was once again the national girls’ basketball central the past weekend with the 65th Annual Sandra Meadows tournament at Duncanville High School and the Pantherettes came out on top after downing Blackman 64-43 to take keep the title at home.

Duncanville came into the tournament ranked as the #2 team in the nation on MapxPreps’ computer ranking of the top 25 teams in the nation. Also on that list was #4 Liberty Christian Argyle, #5 Blackman from Murfreesboro, TN, #10 Plano West, and #16 Vista Ridge.

Throw all those basketball powerhouses in with Conway, AR, last year’s tournament winner, and Fayetteville, AR the Arkansas state Champions. Include the Georgia state champs of McEachern High School, Fair Park High School (Shreveport, LA), Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA), and Troy High School (Fullerton, CA) and nine players listed on ESPN’s top national players and you have the recipe for one of the top tournaments in the nation.

Duncanville’s run required them to defeat two of the top five nationally ranked teams in Plano West and then Blackman in the finals.

In the finals it was quickly apparent that Duncanville was going to rely on their aggressive defense and speed to keep the title at home this year. The Pantherettes capitalized on turnovers and breakaways to run out to a 20-8 lead after the first quarter of play. Sophomore guard Zarielle Green scored 13 points to help Duncanville run out to a 12-point lead.

The Lady Blaze offense began to click in the second, relying on U Conn signee Crystal Dangerfield and her 12 points to try and mount a first half comeback, but Blackman still trailed 36-26 at the half.

The Pantherette conditioning took over in the second half as Duncanville pulled away, scoring 28 second half points to the Lady Blaze 17 points to take the 64-43 victory.

Leading scoring for the game was Green with her 28 points. Also in double digits was Louisville signee Ciera Johnson with 14 points and University of North Texas signee Madison Townley with 10 points.

For Blackman Dangerfield finished with 20 points and Jazz Bond, South Florida University commit, finished with 14 points as they were the only two players to get into double-digits for the Lady Blaze.

Finishing third was Plano West, in fourth McEachern (GA), fifth Conway (AR), and sixth Frisco Liberty. Taking the Silver Bracket was Prestonwood Christian and the Consolation Bracket winner was Richardson.

Named to the all-tournament team was Arleighshya McElroy (Richardson), Mikayla Christian (Vista Ridge), Rebekah Hand (Argyle Liberty Christian), Alexis Tolefree (Conway), Jayla Ruffus-Milner (Harvard-Westlake), Alicia Blackwell (Prestonwood Christian), Jada Lewis (McEachern), Callie Owens (Plano West) Natalie Chou (Plano West), Jazz Bond (Blackman), Zarielle Green (Duncanville), and Tae Davis (Duncanville).

Duncanville’s Madison Townley was named Outstanding Defensive Player and Crystal Dangerfield of Blackman was named Outstanding Offensive Player. Duncanville standout Ciera Johnson was name the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.