Pantherettes Start Playoff Campaign

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The Duncanville Pantherettes (33-1) are set to take on Hurst L.D. Bell Lady Raiders (26-9) on Monday night at Grand Prairie High School at 6:30 PM in the first round of 5A playoffs. Of course, that’s weather permitting with the wintery mix that hit Sunday night and is predicted to continue through Monday.

Duncanville is coming out of district play with an undefeated record; the only blemish on the season record was a 58-50 loss to Plano West at the Collin County Roundball Classic in the early part of the season. Duncanville avenged that loss by a score of 55-38 in the Sandra Meadows Classic. The district title gives the Pantherettes their 69th title in the history of the program. They also enter the playoffs with a 21 game winning streak in district play.

Hurst L.D. Bell is coming out of District 6-5A, finishing third behind Irving MacArthur and Colleyville Heritage. The Lady Raiders finished with a district record of 11-5.

L.D. Bell is led by 5’9” junior Cierra Johnson, who averages 13.8 ppg, along with 4.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists. The next two leading scorers are sophomore Sheridan Pilcher (9.2 ppg), and sophomore Maggie Lockwood (6.7 ppg).

The Pantherettes are led by 5’ 10” senior, and University of Texas signee, Empress Davenport. Davenport is averaging 13.7 ppg, 4.6 rebounds, with 3.5 assists per game. Behind Davenport is sophomore Tasia Foman (13.2 ppg), and senior and University of Arkansas Little Rock signee Morgan Bolton (11.5 ppg)

According to the MaxPreps, L.D. Bell ranks 1045 in the nation and 112 in the state. The Pantherettes are ranked second in the nation, and first in the state according to MaxPreps.

According to Coach Cathy Self-Morgan, who celebrated her 900th career victory this year, the undefeated district record was just one of their goals. “We accomplished one of our goals of going unbeaten in district. Now our goal is to win the next seven. It won’t be easy. We are in a very tough region. But I like the way we are playing.”

The other team from the Metroplex that is ranked ahead of the Pantherettes in some of the state polls is Irving MacArthur. The Lady Cardinals enter the playoffs with a 31-2 season record, and were undefeated in district 6-5A play.

Both MacArthur and Plano West (32-2) are playing on the opposite side of the regional bracket from Duncanville and could face each other in the Regional Quarterfinal. MacArthur would have to get past their first round opponent Mansfield (22-12) and then defeat the winner of the Keller (26-6) and Plano East (23-11) matchup. Plano West has to take on Saginaw (18-8) in the first round, and then the winner of the Cedar Hill (27-6) and North Richland Hills Richland (21-11) game. Both Cedar Hill and Mansfield advanced out of Duncanville’s 5-5A district, along with Mansfield Timberview (24-9) who takes on Colleyville Heritage (21-11) in the first round.

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