Pantherettes Heading to Austin – Down Lubbock Coronado 64-45

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The Pantherettes found what was missing in the semi-final game against the Lady Volunteers last night. They found their intensity and their transition game as they downed the Lady Mustangs of Lubbock Coronado by a score of 64-45.

“We couldn’t get connected last night, we couldn’t get in sync and today that was a goal.” Said Pantherette coach Cathy Self-Morgan. “To get that ball and push, to get the ball and go.”

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Coming into the game Pantherette coach had expressed concern with the post play of the Lady Mustangs.

“We studied tape of them (Coronado) this week and knew that they had three strong posts, dominate posts. We knew they had 15 (Bailey Wipff) who is a good 3-point shooter, and I know they are very well coached.”

Self-Morgan and Lady Mustang coach Kriss Ethridge attended the University of Texas together and worked camps together.

One thing similar to last night’s game was the start. Duncanville took the tip-off but could not score, allowing the Lady Mustangs to get the first bucket. The Pantherettes tied the game up 4-4 with 6:16 remaining in the first and pulled away from there, taking a 23-12 lead as the quarter ended.

“Our Pantherette ball was out there tonight, we just did not play well at all last night,” said Self-Morgan after the game. “Today we stepped it up, like we know how. They showed their conditioning.”

The Lady Mustangs picked up their game and went on a 13-3 run to start the second, closing the gap to 26-25 with 4:34 left before the half.

Duncanville called a time out and afterward they clamped down and went on their own 10-2 run to close the quarter and take a 38-27 lead into the second half.

“I can appeal to their heart, and their spirit and they will turn around and push it,” said Self-Morgan about her squad.

The second half started with both teams battling back and forth with neither team able to pull away, or close the gap as Duncanville outscored the Lady Mustangs to take a 48-35 lead into the final quarter.

The final quarter was back to Duncanville pressure basketball and Lubbock was forced to send Duncanville to the line to attempt any comeback. However, the Pantherettes were 8-9 from the charity stripe in the final period and coasted to a 64-45 victory to advance to Austin and the state finals.

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When asked about being 40-0 for the season, Self-Morgan replied that the 40 wins wasn’t a big deal.

“40 is not thea big deal, the 0 is the big deal,” says Self-Morgan. “That’s what we’ve got to keep for two more games and we’ve just got to be ready for the next one. But it’s nice to have some time and practice to get ready for next Friday’s game.”

Duncanville will face Clear Springs in the State Semi-Final round on Friday, with the winner facing either Pflugerville or Cibolo Steele in the Championship.

When asked to how it felt to be back at this point again she responded “expected”. “We’re not prepared to lose. I thought about that last week and told my husband that I almost went into an anxiety attack. I don’t have this kids in any form or fashion prepared for that. The next morning I woke up and decided that we just wouldn’t let that happen.”

When asked how you prepare a team to lose Self-Morgan responded, “You try and teach them to humble and modest and not make a scene on the floor, keep it in the locker room. Be proud that they gave their very best effort in their last game. But I’m not going to prepare this group to think like that.”

Coach Self-Morgan and her husband Jack were leaving Fort Worth to drive to Waco to scout the Pflugerville vs. Spring Dekaney game. “I’ve got scouts in down in Edinburg and down in Houston,” said Self-Morgan.

When asked how the 2013 team compares to the 2012 team that won the state championship she smiled and said, “There is no comparison. They’re great kids, they’re all great kids. They love each other and I love them.”

The time for the state semi-final game next Friday has not been set; it will either be a 3pm or 8pm game at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.

Duncanville Pantherettes

Name Fouls Rebounds Steals Blocks Points
Kiara Perry 4 4 2 4
Chrineisha Davis
Ariel Atkins 3 4 7 29
Morgan Chambers
Tasia Foman 1 2 2 3 13
Tamara Washington 1 2 1 6
Destiny Means 2 1 2
Madison Townley
Antoina Robinson 4 8 2 2 10
Shannon Franklin 2
Total 15 22 15 5 64

Lubbock Coronado Lady Mustangs

Name Fouls Rebounds Steals Blocks Points
Ashlee Villarreal 3 1 1 3
Shelby Blankenship
Sabrina Rodriguez 1 2
Bailey Wipff 2 1 2 13
Madison Bradley
Brittany Thompson
Abigail Hopper
Gabby Gonzalez
Lizzy Dimba 2 2 1 10
Suzzy Dimba 5 4 2 2 13
Elle Hendershot 2 3 1 4
Total 14 11 8 45
1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr Final
Duncanville Pantherettes 23 15 10 16 64
Lubbock Coronado Lady Mustangs 12 15 8 10 45