Perfect Ending to the Perfect Season: Duncanville Pantherettes Win State

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In the heat of the battle words such as “dynasty” and “dominant” are sometimes thrown around. With the Pantherettes those words aren’t just suitable, but are necessary to describe the season and the team. They also work to more than describe the state finals game that featured Duncanville taking on Spring Dekaney as the Pantherettes dominated the Lady Wildcats 76-42.

Dekaney made the finals in 2011-2012 and faced Duncanville that year as well and Duncanville defeated Dekaney 69-31 that year.

Those of us on press row were wondering about the wisdom of Dekaney head coach Stacy Stroman allowing her team to watch three quarters of the Duncanville vs. Cibolo Steele semi-finals game that saw the Pantherettes dismantle the Lady Knights 81-41.

In that semi-final game Duncanville head coach Cathy Self-Morgan had her team feed University of Louisville commit Ciera Johnson the ball down in the low post and she came away with 32 points. Self-Morgan has proven herself to be one of the greatest coaches in preparing her team and scheming for the opposition. On Saturday night in the finals game she proved that once again.

Against Dekaney Self-Morgan had her team shoot from the perimeter and drive the lane, relying on her smaller players to lead the scoring in the game.

Junior Aniya Thomas scored 10 points in the first half, going 2-2 from beyond the arc. Also leading the way in the first half was junior Nina Alvarez with 7 points.

In the second half Zarielle Green scored 19 points, to go along with her 6 first half points lead all Duncanville scorers with 25 points for the game and securing the sophomore the MVP for the championship game. Senior, and University of North Texas signee, Madison Townley scored 14 points for the game and Thomas finished with 13 points. Townley was also a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line. Johnson finished the game with 8 points and 14 rebounds. Duncanville shot 49.1% from the field and 83.3% from the line.

The Lady Wildcats became frustrated almost from the opening tip. Dekaney didn’t score a bucket until 2:40 remained in the first quarter. By that time the Lady Wildcats were trailing 11-2 and began throwing every shot up with a prayer and hope to get lucky. Even with their coach imploring them to slow down and play their offense at the half, the Dekaney players continued to rush the ball down the court and throw up a shot. This led to an 8.8% shooting percentage after the first half, and finishing the game with a 33.3% shooting percentage from the field. The Lady Wildcats also attempted 20 3-point shots and only hit 1 for a 5% shooting percentage from downtown.

Duncanville closed out the first half on 20-5 run, and then an 11-2 run to begin the second quarter to take a 31-7 lead with only 2:10 left in the half. As the teams went into the locker room Duncanville held a 33-9 lead.

The Lady Wildcats scored more points in the third, 15 points, than they had the entire half, but they couldn’t find a way to slow down the Pantherette offense. The final quarter saw the bench players for Duncanville get some playing time as they closed out the game to take a 76-42 victory.

The only statistic that stood out as strange at the end of the game was the fact that Dekaney out rebounded Duncanville 48-42, with Dekaney scoring 19 second chance points compared to Duncanville’s 8 points. But then again, Dekaney threw up 73 shots at the bucket, compared to Duncanville’s 53. Duncanville was just more accurate with their shooting.

While Zarielle Green was named the 6A Championship game MVP, Ciera Johnson, and Madison Townley were named to the all-tournament team as well. Also named to the all-tourney team was Kene Hamilton of Spring Dekaney and Chasity Patterson of Galena Park North Shore.

The Pantherettes were welcomed back to Duncanville Sunday afternoon by a crowd of parents, fans, classmates, and the DHS pep band. Coach Self-Morgan, Townley and Johnson addressed the crowd and thanked them for their support all season.

The Pantherettes finished 39-0 for the season, the fifth time the team has finished their season undefeated (1989, 1990, 1997, 2013, and 2016), and Duncanville has now brought home the state title nine times. This was also the seventh state title for Coach Self-Morgan, she came to Duncanville having already won three and has added four more.

Duncanville 76 – 39-0

Player Rebounds Fouls Points Assists Turnovers Blocks Steals Minutes
0 GREEN, ZARIELLE 6 2 25 5 4 1 2 29
15 DAVIS, TAE 1 4 2 0 1 0 0 10
20 THOMAS, ANIYA 2 5 13 4 3 0 0 18
40 JOHNSON, CIERA 14 1 8 2 2 1 0 26
41 TOWNLEY, MADISON 8 0 14 5 0 0 1 31
10 ALVAREZ, NINA 3 1 7 2 2 0 2 24
11 DAVIS, CHRENEISHA 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 5
12 CALDWELL, AAKILAH 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 6
14 DAVIS, ROSIE 1 1 3 0 1 0 0 9
33 FRANKLIN, TIARA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
TEAM 7
TOTALS 42 17 76 18 14 2 5 160

Spring Dekaney 42 – 37-2

Player Rebounds Fouls Points Assists Turnovers Blocks Steals Minutes
12 HAMILTON, KENE 14 3 17 0 3 0 0 32
20 RICHARD-HARRIS, JAELY 5 5 9 3 2 0 2 30
23 SMITH, JASMINE 7 2 2 0 2 0 0 25
30 HILL, TATYANA 5 3 0 0 2 0 0 9
32 COLLINS, MAKEEDAH 5 4 4 1 5 0 3 30
14 SCOTT, KEISHAWNA 6 4 5 0 1 0 0 19
15 BROOKS, KALEA 0 2 3 0 1 0 0 7
40 DIRDEN, SIERRA 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 8
TEAM 2
TOTALS 48 23 42 4 16 0 5 160
Officials: Shari Anderson, Dijana Harris, Beverly Michelson
Technical Fouls: Duncanville- None. Spring Dekaney- None.
Attendance: 4187
Game 18 – Conference 6A Final
MVP: Zarielle Green, Duncanville

 

Score by periods 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Duncanville 20 13 21 22 76
Spring Dekaney 5 4 15 18 42
Last FG – Duncanville 4th-01:05, Spring Dekaney 4th-01:30.
Largest lead – Duncanville by 36 4th-04:01; Spring Dekaney by
Duncanville led for 31:22. Spring Dekaney led for 0:00. Game was tied for 0:38.
Points In Paint Off Turnovers 2ndChance FastBreak Bench
Duncanville 32 13 8 8 14
Spring Dekaney 28 10 8 2 10
Score tied – 0 times
Lead changed – 0 times