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Girls' 5A Region I semifinals: Duncanville gets 67th straight win, will face Lubbock Coronado
FORT WORTH — Duncanville actually started a little slowly Friday, but you wouldn’t know it from the result — a 61-40 victory over Arlington Bowie in a Class 5A girls state playoff Region I semifinal at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.
Junior guard Ariel Atkins scored 20 points and senior Kiara Perry added 16 as the Class 5A defending state champions won their 67th consecutive game.
Duncanville (39-0) plays Lubbock Coronado (36-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday in the regional final aiming for a return to Austin for the state tournament. There hasn’t been an undefeated 5A state champ since Rockwall in 2007.
Duncanville edged its way to a 16-8 first-quarter lead before a swarming, aggressive defense led to an abundance of transition baskets.
Duncanville started the second quarter with a 9-0 run. A 5-11 junior returning starter, Atkins had three breakaway layups off turnovers. Add a 3-pointer from junior guard Tasia Foman and a basket by senior Tamara Washington and Duncanville had a 27-8 lead.
“We got frustrated early with some missed shots and we had some negative energy,” Duncanville coach Cathy Self-Morgan said. “We’ve got to have the same high energy with a more positive feel.”
Even with Bowie ranked No. 10 in the state, Duncanville kept rolling after building a 34-17 halftime lead. Bowie (32-6), led by 6-2 senior Ashley Ferguson with 10 points, couldn’t hold off Duncanville pressure — the kind that has led to an average victory margin of more than 30 points this season.Lubbock Coronado 64, Flower Mound Marcus 57:
Coronado extended its winning streak to 36 games while ending Marcus’ 15-year best playoff run.
Coronado senior forward Lizzy Dimba scored 25 points for Coronado (36-1), which hasn’t loss since its season opener against Canyon.
Marcus (30-8) was making its first regional appearance since back-to-back appearances in 1997-98. Junior Vanessa Jones led Marcus with 12 points while senior Sierra Bone had 11 points and junior Ashley James added 10.