Photos: Pantherettes celebrate second State championship
Duncanville was the first 5A team to win three straight state titles from 1988-1990. Next year, it will try to become the first team to pull it off twice. They have had a total of 7 state championships and 22 times in the State Tournament.
“We have to keep the same mentality,” junior Ariel Atkins said. “We are going to have some younger players and we will all be older. They will all be looking up to us. And coach is going to expect even more from us as seniors than she does now.”
Look for more photos and full story from State Championship game here this week.
Live coverage of State Championship game
Duncanville Pantherettes played Clear Springs for the semi-finals game in the State Tournament. Video Produced by Tricia Virtue. Photographers/Videographers were Abigail Padgett, Tricia Virtue, Ariana Canchola, Olivia Davila, and Chrystal Rhone.
Photos from State Semifinals
Photographers Ariana Canchola, Olivia Davila, Chrystal Rhone, Abigail Padgett and Tricia Virtue were at hand to cover the game.
Panthettes advance to State Championship game for second straight year
By Weston Hill“That’s what they’ve done all year, they play team offense and team defense.” head coach Cathy Self-Morgan said in the post game interview after the Pantherettes dominating win over Clear Springs in the 5A state semi finals 64-40. The Pantherettes(40-0) advance to the State Finals against Cibolo Steel(32-5) Saturday night at 8:30 in the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.
“The kids played hard to get the big run in the third to take the big lead,” Self Morgan said. “They covered for each other when they had to in order to get the win.”
The Pantherettes were lead by junior guard, Ariel Atkins, who had 29 points and 5 rebounds. Atkins shot over 68 percent from the field in the semi final matchup most of which came in the second half of play.
“My team just kept telling me to keep my head up and keep shooting,” Atkins said of her cold start in the first half.
The Pantheretes took an early 12 point lead in the first and second quarter, but Clear Springs came roaring back and got the lead down to one with 3:00 left in the second quarter. Just like all year, the Pantherettes remained calm and increased their lead to four by halftime.
“This team got the momentum going their way late in the second period of play and we had to stop their shots and slow their momentum,” Self-Morgan said.
After halftime the Pantherettes went on an 18-2 run and shut down Clear Springs for the rest of the game. Senior forward Kiara Perry had 11 points and Antonia Robinson also had 10 huge points. Senior guard Tamara Washington had 9 points, but her presence was felt more on the defensive end with 4 steals and a block.
“We are very happy with what TMo has given us this year,” Self-Morgan said. “She not only plays hard but brings fun to the game and has a great attitude.”
Playing defense will be the key to the Pantherettes netting another state championship The Pantherettes will be playing for their 6th state championship and a spot in Duncanville and UIL history.
The Pantherettes are on their way to the State Tournament again this year. We will again be providing live coverage of the games from Austin. You can catch us here for all the coverage and visit us on Twitter @pantherprints1. Below is our live coverage link.
Live Coverage of Pantherettes road to Austin for the second time. This will also be live coverage of State_Semifinals game.
Pantherettes State Finals game (If they advance)
Ariel Atkins credits God,family and team for her success. See full story
LAST YEAR'S COVERAGE
This is the first year since 2004 the Pantherettes have made an appearance in the 5-A State Championship Final 4. Follow us here as we chronicle their journey to the Championship. Every game will also be televised on both Friday and Saturday. See more information here about live coverage.
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2012 5-A girls State Championship game: Pantherettes vs. Spring Dekaney
State Championship photo gallery:
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2012 State Semi-finals vs. Cypress Falls:
Photo gallery Part 1 from the game:
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The Panthettes routed Number 15 Cypress Falls 64-40 in their quest to win a state championship. Photographers Chase Apperson and Ana Monozon recorded the game’s highlights and Hector Sifuentes and Kevin Quintero edited the footage.
Live play by play provided by Taylor Harris of 2012 5A State Semi-Finals Game
Panther Prints Article by Taylor Harris State Semi-Finals
Sendoff for Pantherettes state:
Hundreds of students parents and faculty showed up to give an official sendoff of the girls basketball team this morning. Student in Mr. Rich's Journalism I class put their photo skills to work and recorded the event.
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This is the video provided by Sports Editor Julio Munoz of the sendoff. The video was edited by Kevin Quintero
Panther Prints editor Taylor Harris sat down with Pantherettes head coach Cathy Self-Morgan and her four seniors Empress Davenport, Alisha Spearman,Morgan Bolton,Martisha Bables to discuss their plans for the State Tournament coming up this week. The video was edited and produced by Grady Kheshtinejad.
REGIONAL SEMI-FINALS VS. AMARILLO 60-29
Photographers Abigail Padgett and Tricia Virtue covered the Pantherettes in the Regional tournament. Their photos are below:
REGIONAL SEMI-FINALS VS. AMARILLO 60-29
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REGIONAL FINALS VS IRVING MACARTHUR 62-55(OT)
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