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Duncanville girls bully Flower Mound Marcus with tenacious press
EULESS — Duncanville struggled with its shooting, leading scorer Empress Davenport was shut down, and Flower Mound Marcus was causing chaos with its physical style.
No matter. The Panthers still won the second-round playoff game, 50-31, on Thursday night at Euless Trinity.
Duncanville (35-1) garnered no style points in the bruising contest, which was a 12-point game with about three minutes left. Instead, the Panthers pounded out a powerful defensive performance. The reward: moving on to play the winner of Friday’s game between Southlake Carroll and Mansfield Timberview.
“We missed so many easy shots,” Duncanville coach Cathy Self-Morgan said. “We’re so much better than that. I just wonder when they’re going to show it. They show it to me every day in practice.”
The Marauders made sure Davenport would not be a factor. They consistently denied her the ball and collapsed on her whenever she was able to receive a pass. The 5-10 senior, who averages 13.7 points, made only one free throw.
The Panthers created havoc and forced turnovers with their press. Guard Tasia Foman thrived in the rough-and-tumble conditions, turning steals into fast-break points. Foman led all scorers with 24 points. Kiara Perry and Morgan Bolton scored eight apiece.
“We’re ready for that kind of play because we’re in better condition than most teams,” Foman said. “That kind of game makes me better.”
Duncanville was so effective defensively, it did not surrender a basket in the second quarter. The Marauders scored just five points on free throws in the period. They entered halftime trailing, 24-12.
Sierra Bone led Flower Mound Marcus with nine points, and Vanessa Jones added eight.