Pantherettes Headed to State, Down Plano West 73-58

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The Duncanville Pantherettes took almost the entire first half to finally tie the ball game. At the half, Duncanville capped off a 23-19 second period to tie the ballgame at 35-35. After the half, Duncanville came out and dominated the boards on both ends and capitalized on the outstanding play of Aniya Thomas’ second and fourth quarter bursts to advance to capture the UIL 6A Region 1 title.

The Lady Wolves started off hot with senior Callie Owens scoring 6 points and Baylor commit Natalie Chou good for 5 points. Duncanville’s starters got off to a slow start with Zarielle Green good for only 4 points and Louisville signee Ciera Johnson only scoring 2 points. The other starters, Madison Townley, Nina Alvarez, and Tae Davis accounted for 2 points apiece.

In the second quarter Thomas, who had entered the game late in the first, began her first run by scoring 8 points and accounting for 2 rebounds and a blocked shot. Ciera Johnson was getting beat up by double and triple teaming, got on track with 10 points and pulled down 5 boards to help the Pantherettes close the gap. Madison Townley continued her domination with 9 rebounds in the half and one block. Zarielle Green picked up her third foul early in the second and saw limited action in the half.

Pantherette head coach Cathy Self-Morgan was asked Johnson’s first period woes and what led to her aggressive play in the second. “She got frustrated and mad. Ciera gets mad and she starts playing hard. She was going after boards much better after she got mad,” said Self-Morgan

Going into the game Chou was a major concern for Duncanville. Chou, averaging 23 points per game on the season, was held to only 11 points in the first half. While Owens was good for 15 points in the first half to account for most of the Lady Wolves scoring.

Duncanville came out in the third quarter determined to take control of the game and began methodically dominating the glass and concentrating on shutting down Chou and Owens.

It also helped that Green, got on track offensively and scored 10 points in the third to give the Pantherettes a lift. Madison Townley, who had been defending Chou the entire game, clamped down even further and Chou was kept scoreless in not only the third quarter, but the fourth as well. Duncanville also challenged Owens on her perimeter shooting and held her to only 2 points in the third. Both Johnson and Townley accounted for 11 rebounds in the third quarter to take away any possibility of second chance points.

When asked about Townley’s coverage of Chou, Self-Morgan said, “Doesn’t Madison Townley do an excellent job? The other kids were shifting and helping and we were just trying to alter her shots. We were doing our best to tighten up on her and when she did those spin moves, just get bodies over there to alter he shots. She (Chou) is an excellent player and she’s going to do a great job at Baylor.”

While Chou was held scoreless, Owens was able to get loose for 7 points in the fourth quarter. But, only freshman Jaden Owens found the bottom of the bucket in the period, as the Lady Wolves accounted for 10 points total in the quarter.

Duncanville had two players hit the double-double, as Johnson had 20 points and 14 rebounds and Townley, a University of North Texas signee, was good for 12 points and 18 rebounds. Green, even with her limited playing time, accounted for 15 points and Thomas scored 15 points, had 8 rebounds and 2 blocked shots coming off the bench.

For Plano West Callie Owens totaled 24 points, Jaden Owens had 12 points, and Natalie Chou was held to 11 points. Defensively for Plano West Callie Owens had 9 rebounds and Chou was good for 8 rebounds and 1 steal.

After the game Aniya Thomas was asked about her breakout game and what it meant to her. “It means that it was a good job and I got to step up and put a lot of points on the board and take my time to do everything to help my team win today,” said Thomas.

“She got tired of sitting on the bench I think,” said Self-Morgan when asked about Thomas’ game. “She’s been capable, we knew she was capable, and she finally got it.”

Duncanville will have to wait until Sunday to find out who their opponent will be in San Antonio. Dekaney defeated Waco Midway 62-55 to advance. North Shore advances to the state tournament by defeating Clear Springs 71-61. Cibolo Steele downed San Antonio Wagner 79-74 to finish out the state teams. Texas UIL will announce the semi-final bracket on Sunday. As soon as it is announced who Duncanville will face, we will post the information.

This will be the twenty-fourth time in Pantherette history that they’ve made the trek to the state finals, and they have won the tournament eight times already. The last time was Duncanville won was the 2012/2013 season. The Pantherettes went back to the finals in 2013/2014, but lost a controversial game to Manvel in the finals.

When asked what it meant to be taking this team to state Self-Morgan said, “We are excited. These kids are so deserving. They’ve worked hard from the last year when they lost to Plano. They just deserve it, the love each other, they behave, they make good grades, and they have good character.”

The state finals will be held March 3-5 at the Alamodome in San Antonio with 6A playing on Friday and Saturday.

We will be covering the tournament and offering play-by-play gamecast here on for the semi-final game on Friday. Should Duncanville advance, we will be covering the final game as well. We will also be posting updates on our Twitter and Facebook social media accounts.

Duncanville Pantherettes

# Name Fouls Rebounds Steals Blocks Points
00 Zarielle Green 3 8 1 15
10 Nina Alvarez 2 3 5
11 Chrineisha Davis
12 Aakilah Caldwell 1
14 Rosie Davis 2 1 2
15 Tae Davis 3 1 4
20 Aniya Thomas 3 8 2 15
23 Starr Jacobs (injured)
30 Lamoya Lott
33 Tiara Franklin
40 Ciera Johnson 2 14 20
41 Madison Townley 2 18 1 12
44 Angel Flowers
Total 17 54 1 3 73

Plano West Lady Wolves

# Name Fouls Rebounds Steals Blocks Points
10 Jaden Owens 3 12
11 Erin Parker
13 Callie Owens 3 9 24
15 Morgann Yancey 4 6
20 Daria Crosgrove 1
22 Jalyn Hodge 2 5
23 Amy Hartleroad 5 3
24 Natalie Chou 3 8 1 11
25 Vuye Magalela-Hlabangana 2
33 Alex Arkwright
34 Gina Riedell
40 Kayla Goodman
Total 19 24 1 58


Year Conference State Champion
2015-2016 6A
2013-2014 5A Manvel
2012-2013 5A Duncanville
2011-2012 5A Duncanville
2003-2004 5A Spring Westfield
2002-2003 5A Duncanville
1996-1997 5A Duncanville
1994-1995 5A Austin Westlake
1991-1992 5A San Marcos
1990-1991 5A Amarillo Tascosa
1989-1990 5A Duncanville
1988-1989 5A Duncanville
1987-1988 5A Duncanville
1983-1984 5A Longview
1982-1983 5A Houston Yates
1980-1981 5A Lubbock Monterey
1975-1976 4A Duncanville
1972-1973 3A Angleton
1966-1967 3A Tulia
1965-1966 3A Tulia
1961-1962 2A Devine
1958-1959 2A Abernathy
1951-1952 B Claude
1950-1951 B Claude