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No. 1 Duncanville girls basketball uses dominant opening run to crush No. 9 Carroll, 64-49
DUNCANVILLE — Duncanville fended off yet another top-10 challenger Tuesday at Sandra Meadows Memorial Arena.
The No. 1 girls basketball team in the state surged out of the gate and ran away with a 64-49 victory against No. 9 Southlake Carroll. The win followed victories against the second- and third-ranked teams in the state at last weekend’s Texas Invitational in Pasadena.
The momentum from those victories propelled Duncanville to a 12-0 run to open the game Tuesday and a 16-2 lead after the first quarter.
“We were just running,” Duncanville coach Cathy Self-Morgan said. “Running hard on offense, and getting back quickly on defense.”
Duncanville (9-0) extended its winning streak to 79 games. It defeated No. 3 Cypress Woods and No. 2 Manvel in the semifinals and championship of the Texas Invitational.
Duncanville now owns wins against six of the top 10 teams in the latest state rankings from the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
Duncanville guard Ariel Atkins shut down Carroll standout Kennedy Leonard, who made one field goal during the first half. Leonard finished with a team-high 18 points — 10 of which came during the final 90 seconds of the game.
“Defensively we were OK, but on the offensive end we had some big issues,” Carroll coach Teri Morrison said. “They’ve just got so many weapons.”
Carroll (6-2) went the opening 6:06 without a field goal. It missed its first nine shots and went 1 for 12 from the floor in the opening quarter.
Duncanville, meanwhile, built its lead behind guard Tiara Davenport and Atkins. Both finished with a team-high 17 points.
Duncanville shot 54 percent in the first half and led 32-12.
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