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Davenport leads Duncanville to Sandra Meadows tournament title
DUNCANVILLE — Duncanville avenged its only loss of the season Thursday night and got a shower of confetti to boot.
A strong defensive effort combined with an effective fast-break offense led Duncanville to a 55-38 victory against Plano West in the championship game of the Sandra Meadows Classic.
The 61st annual girls basketball tournament is named for the legendary former Duncanville basketball coach. Duncanville last won as the host team in 2009.
“I thought we made our community proud,” said Duncanville senior guard Empress Davenport, who was named tournament most valuable player. “They were depending on us to win the tournament. … We bonded as a family, and we got the job done.”
Davenport, who scored 12 points, gave Duncanville (22-1) an 11-9 lead on a late-first quarter 3-pointer. Duncanville never trailed the rest of the way. Davenport’s free throw with 16 seconds remaining in the second quarter capped an 11-3 run that gave Duncanville a 28-16 halftime lead.
Plano West (21-2), which defeated Duncanville earlier in the season, trailed by double digits the entire second half. On one sequence early in the third quarter, Kiara Perry — who led all scorers with 17 points — snagged an offensive rebound, banked in the layup and drew a foul.
Perry’s three-point play was the start of a 9-2 run capped by a Davenport layup that boosted the Duncanville lead to 41-21 midway through the third quarter.
Plano West buckled down defensively in the half court in the final period, holding Duncanville scoreless on four of five possessions at one point early in the fourth quarter.
But Duncanville played keep-away late, effectively passing around the perimeter to drain time off the clock.
“The first time we underestimated them,” Davenport said of Plano West. “The second time we came out to win.”
Plano West, which was paced by Paige Womack’s seven points, led 9-6 in the first quarter on a running layup by Devri Owens. But Duncanville closed out the quarter on a 7-0 run.
Lafayette (La.) St. Thomas More 69, Little Rock (Ark.) Hall 27: In the third-place game, Lafayette (La.) St. Thomas More was humming along at the half, up 14 points against Little Rock (Ark.) Hall.
But it was saving its best ball for the second half, outscoring Little Rock Hall 33-5 over the final two quarters.
Ke’Alana Veal led all scorers with 22 points. The senior guard scored seven straight points early in the fourth as part of a 21-2 run. Little Rock Hall was led by Tyler Scaife’s nine points.
St. Thomas More set the tone early, opening the game on a 14-3 run. Kia Wilridge made a driving layup on a fast break late in the first quarter for a 19-5 lead.
She made the shot despite a hard foul from behind that halted action for more than a minute as coaches attended to her under the basket.
Wilridge briefly left the game, and Paije Hall attempted the free throw in Wilridge’s place.