Written by SportsDayDFW.com
5A Region I girls: Duncanville win streak at 103; Bell ousts Arl. Lamar
FORT WORTH -- A couple of subpar shooting games worried Ariel Atkins enough to stay in the gym for extra practice.
Practice almost made perfect.
Duncanville’s senior guard connected on 13 of 15 field goal attempts (two 3-pointers) and all four of her free throws on the way to 32 points, leading the Pantherettes to a 76-32 victory over Arlington Bowie in a Class 5A Region I semifinal Friday night at TCU’s Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Duncanville (33-0), bidding for its third consecutive Class 5A state championship, extended its winning streak to 103 and earned a berth in Saturday’s Region I final against Hurst L.D. Bell at 7 p.m. at TCU.
“I just wanted to win,’’ said Atkins, a Texas signee. “My shot felt good. Coach just tells us to visualize the ball going in and it did tonight.’’
Duncanville coach Cathy Self-Morgan said Atkins’ shot has been off for three games: “I kept telling her to rest, but she wanted to work on it.”
Atkins’ backcourt mate Tasia Foman finished with 16 points. Jazmine Holman, a 5-8 guard, led Bowie with 10.
Bowie (29-3) struggled mightily in the first half, converting on only three of 32 attempts from the floor and trailed 37-9 at the break.
Bowie was eliminated by Duncanville, 61-40, in the Region I semifinals a year ago.
Hurst L.D. Bell 39, Arlington Lamar 31: Sheridan Pilcher, a 5-9 center, isn’t easily intimidated.
The Hurst L.D. Bell senior scored 14 points to help the Blue Raiders win the 5A Region I semifinal.
“She’s been playing center for four years, and she doesn’t back down from anybody,’’ said Bell coach Brock Pembleton.
Bell (29-2) won the first two meetings by 15 and 11 points.
“I think our girls relaxed too much,’’ Pembleton said. “And I’ve seen enough of Lamar to know they are fighters.’’
Lamar (21-10) trailed from the opening minutes. The deficit hovered around 12 for much of the second half, despite eight points in the fourth quarter by Lamar’s Dezirae Hampton, who finished with 14.