Pantherette’s Get Victory and 900th Career Win for Their Coach

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The Pantherettes celebrate with their coach, Cathy Self-Morgan

It’s not often that a 91-28 Pantherette victory plays second fiddle, but the victory was a nice sub-plot to the 900th career victory for the twelfth-year head coach of the Duncanville Pantherette’s, Cathy Self-Morgan. The win pushes Coach Self-Morgan to a career record of 900 wins and 199 losses. The only loss this season coming against Plano West at the beginning of the season, and was avenged with a win against the Lady Wolves in the finals of the Sandra Meadows Classic.

A 33-year coaching veteran, Self-Morgan has led teams to UIL state playoffs 22 times and has never ended a season with a losing record. She coached the Austin Westlake Chaparrals to the 4-A State Championship in 1993, and the 5-A State Championships in 1995 and 1996. Self-Morgan also coached the Duncanville Pantherettes to the 5-A State Championship in 2003.

However, her honors go beyond high school basketball seasons and State Championships – Self-Morgan was selected as a recipient of the 2011 UIL Sponsor Excellence Award and named the National High School Girls Basketball Coach of the Year for 2010. She has also been named the Texas High School Girls Basketball Coach of the Year four times and the Centex Coach of the Year ten times. Other honors include a floor coaching position at the USA Junior Olympic Trials in 2000 and a two-time invitation to coach McDonald’s All-American High School Basketball Games (2004 and 2010). Self-Morgan was also inducted into the University of Texas Hall of Honor in 2004.

Crediting her numerous recognitions to those she has had the opportunity to work with, she says, “I have been blessed to work with tremendous players and coaches, and to have had the support of administrators, school personnel, parents, fans, and my family.”

The Pantherettes easily defeated the Lady Warriors of South Grand Prairie by playing their typical stifling defense, coupled with their selfless offense.

Six Pantherettes scored in double figures against the Lady Warriors. Junior post Antiona Robinson led all scorers with 16 points, followed by Empress Davenport with 14, Morgan Bolton and Kiara Perry with 13 points each, Tasia Foman contributed 12 points and Ariel Atkins put in 10 points. Only Ba’Ara Houston of the Lady Warriors got into double digits by scoring 17 points.

The Pantherettes got out to a fast start by scoring 33 points in the first quarter, while holding the Warriors to 8 points. The Pantherettes continued their scoring domination by scoring 22, 21 and 15 points in the following periods, while holding South Grand Prairie to 8, 4, and 8 points.

The Pantherettes improved their record to 25-1 and 6-0 in district play. In the MaxPreps girl’s basketball rankings the Pantherettes moved up 2 spots to #5 in the nation and #1 in the state.

Next on the schedule is an away game against Mansfield Timberview on Friday, January 17 at 6PM. Timberview defeated Grand Prairie on Tuesday 64-23 to move their record to 19-6 on the season and 5-1 in district.

Duncanville

Name Pts
Antiona Robinson 16
Empress Davenport 14
Morgan Bolton 13
Kiara Perry 13
Tasia Foman 12
Ariel Atkins 10
Kirby Anderson 6
Martisha Bables 2
Destiny Means 2
Alisha Spearman 2
Adriana Davis 1

South Grand Prairie

Name Pts
Ba’Ara Houston 17
Loryn Darthard 2
Samanthan Munoz 2
Kesia Osano 2
Victoria Price 2
Jasmine Sasser 2
Tyrea Ragland 1