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Smith: More shocking than Duncanville's loss was way it happened
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On Duncanville’s loss to Manvel this weekend in the Class 5A girls high school basketball state championship, which snapped a 105-game win streak:
Smith: “It was really a shocker loss for a lot of people that don’t follow high school girls basketball, but Manvel actually played them really close in the regular season — actually was up on them 16 points at one point in a game that they had played in non-district play that Duncanville had came back to win. So it wasn’t a shocker that they lost, but it’s the way that they lost that I think will be a bitter taste in their team and coach Cathy Self-Morgan’s mouth. It’s just a terrible way to lose. They had four of their starters foul out. They had a 12-point lead. They held Manvel scoreless for a quarter-and-a-half, and yet still couldn’t get a bigger lead. And then when their starters started fouling out, Manvel took over. Brianna Turner, their star player, she really got hot in the second half — they went on a 16-4 run to close it out — just a bad way to lose for Duncanville. But you look at what they have done: 105 wins, multiple state titles. I think this run of their girls’ team compares to some great runs that they’ve had in the past with different players, different eras, different coaches. But still quality girls basketball played at the highest level. It was really shock to me that they ended up losing, but it’s got to happen some time though.”