Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Skyline girls top Wilmer-Hutchins, 64-38, to win second consecutive Dallas ISD/Coca-Cola title
For 27-year Skyline girls basketball coach Cassandra McCurdy, winning back-to-back Dallas ISD/Coca-Cola tournaments is another benchmark in a milestone-filled career.
Skyline used a turnover-creating defense to defeat Wilmer-Hutchins, 64-38, for its second consecutive title. Skyline defeated Lincoln last year after losing in the tournament final two years ago.
“We’ve only won three tournament titles,” McCurdy said. “We’ve been in the final a number of times, and to win two in a row means a lot. There are always a lot of good teams you have to beat.”
Skyline (19-5) used balanced scoring off mostly transition baskets to jump out to a 35-22 halftime lead. Wilmer-Hutchins (13-5) couldn’t get energized in the second half, with Skyline surrendering only six points in the third quarter.
Junior point guard Alexandria Gulley, who committed to Baylor as a sophomore, scored 11 points as one of four Skyline players in double figures. Skyline had used the same formula Friday against Denton Guyer, with 10 players scoring in a 54-31 semifinal victory.
Gulley was named the tournament MVP while junior DaiJa Thomas and senior Charisma Matlock were named all-tournament.
“We know if we play defense the way we know how, we can be a great team,” Gulley said. “When we play 32 minutes of defense, that gets everything else going. There are some doubters of how good we are, but we believe in ourselves.”
Denton Guyer 33, Allen 30: Guyer hit seven of nine free throws in the fourth quarter to edge Allen for third-place.
Senior guard Quamese Moss hit her last 11 free throws for a game-high 15 points for Guyer (13-2). Freshman guard Lauren Heard, the younger sister of two-time state champion Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard, added eight points, including four in the fourth quarter.
MVP:Alexandria Gulley, Jr. G Skyline
DaiJa Thomas, Jr. P, Skyline
Charisma Matlock Sr. G, Skyline
Brianna Perry Jr. G Wilmer-Hutchins
Ashli Jones Jr. C Wilmer-Hutchins
Alisha Washington, Sr. G Lincoln
Kay Cork Sr. G Hillcrest
Quamese Moss, Sr. G Denton Guyer
Taylor Tennison Jr. G Carter
Ericka May Sr. G Allen
Jerice Fears Jr. F Bryan Adams