“Four more to go,” said Panthrette coach Cathy Self-Morgan.
After defeating the DeSoto Lady Eagles 57-30, the Pantherettes are four games away from finding themselves in what has become their usual end of season position as state champions.
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DeSoto came out and tried something different this game. Anytime Zarielle Green or Starr Jacobs touched the ball they could expect double, triple, and sometimes quadruple team defense. This left Aniya Thomas and Lauryn Bowie with open shots most of the game, and both of them to advantage of those opportunities. Thomas scored 15 points in the game, with Bowie scoring 12 points in the contest. Despite the heavy defensive coverage, Jacobs also contributed 12 points in the win, with Green scoring 9 points. Jacobs once again hit a double-double with her 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Duncanville, while not playing their best game of the season, never let the DeSoto offense get on track. The Pantherettes led by 7 after the first quarter, and by 11 at the half. The Lady Eagles never scored double-digits in a quarter, with their worst output coming in the third quarter when Duncanville held them to only 4 points with two of those coming from the free throw line.
The Lady Eagles were led by Chania White with 9 points and Bria Patterson with 8 points in the losing effort.
Next up for the Pantherettes is a regional semi-final matchup with Keller out of district 3-6A. The Lady Indians finished first in their district with a season record of 30-5 and a perfect district record.
Keller is led by Mallory Lockhart and Ryanne Johnson, both averaging 12 points per game.
Keller is ranked #20 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches weeekly poll, while Duncanville maintains their #1 spot.
The Pantherettes and Lady Indians will meet up on Friday night at 6 p.m. at Fort Worth’s Wilkerson Greines Athletic Center at 5201 C.A. Roberson Boulevard. Ticket prices for the games as Wilkerson Greines are $8 for adults and $5 for students, with $5 for parking. Duncanville will be the visiting team Friday evening and Duncanville fans should sit on the the east side of the arena, opposite of the bench.
Immediately following the Duncanville-Keller game, South Grand Prairie and Arlington Lamar will meet in the other regional semi-finals game. The winners will play on Saturday at 1 p.m. to determine who travels to San Antonio to play in the state championship games.
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 fianls 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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