Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Duncanville cruises past L.D. Bell to return to state and extend winning streak to 104 games
FORT WORTH -- Duncanville fans chanting three-peat Saturday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum could have been celebrating a third straight Region I girls basketball title.
More likely, they were thinking ahead to next week’s run at a third consecutive Class 5A state title.
Duncanville secured the program’s 23rd appearance at the state tournament with a 70-29 throttling of Hurst L.D. Bell in the Region I championship game.
As usual, the Pantherettes (34-0) made it look easy. Their last 14 playoff wins have come by at least a 19-point margin.
Can anybody stop a girls basketball program that stretched its winning streak to 104 games?
“The teams we are going to see at state will get our attention, I assure you,’’ said Duncanville coach Cathy Self-Morgan.
Seniors Ariel Atkins and Tasia Forman have not lost a game in three seasons.
“And they’ve lost just once in four years,” Self-Morgan said. “I’m so happy and proud for those two.”
Duncanville seized control from the start. Then a 15-4 run boosted the lead to 33-13 at intermission.
Senior forward Tiara Davenport had an active night on the offensive glass and led Pantherette scorers with 21. Atkins (16), Ciera Johnson (14) and Adrianna Davis (11) reached double figures.
Bell (29-3) coach Brock Pembleton focused on slowing Atkins, who scored 32 in a 76-32 regional semifinal victory over Arlington Bowie.
“But when you take one out, there are four, five and six more,” Pembleton said. “Duncanville is big, quick and aggressive. We wanted to play hard and I think we did.”
Alexis Gordon led the Blue Raiders with 10 points. Guard Cierra Johnson had nine. Bell made the regional tournament for the first time in 18 years.
It marked the third straight Bell season to end with a loss to Duncanville.