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Girls regional quarterfinal playoff roundup: Duncanville keeps rolling; Carroll falls; Frisco Liberty, Red Oak, Lincoln advance
ARLINGTON — Duncanville capitalized on 26-4 scoring dominance in the opening two minutes of each quarter to put away Cedar Hill, 65-29, in a Class 5A Region I quarterfinal Tuesday night at Mansfield Timberview.
The state’s No. 1-ranked team improved to 38-0 and stretched its winning streak to 66 games, a streak that began in early December 2011.
Next up for the defending state champion is Arlington Bowie at 8 p.m. Friday in a regional semifinal at Fort Worth’s Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center. It is Duncanville’s fifth regional tournament in the last six years.
The Pantherettes began the game by hitting their first four shots for a quick 10-2 lead in the opening two minutes. It was more of the same early in the second quarter as Duncanville sprinted to a 10-0 run. By halftime, thanks to the quick starts, Duncanville was in control at 33-17.
Duncanville used its edge in quickness to penetrate for high-percentage shots and made just enough 3-pointers to extend the defense of Cedar Hill (27-10).
“This group really comes out hard,” said Duncanville coach Cathy Self-Morgan. “They are always chomping at the bit to get started.”
Ariel Atkins led Duncanville with 20 points but seemed more pleased by her team’s defensive effort on Texas A&M signee Jada Terry. Terry, Cedar Hill’s 6-3 post coming off playoff games of 23 and 20 points, was held without a field goal.
“We had everybody helping,” said Atkins, a 5-10 junior guard. “We had to be aware and keep extra pressure on her.”
Another Duncanville junior guard, Tasia Foman, connected on her first five shots and finished with 14 points.
Joyner Holmes, a 6-2 freshman, accounted for 10 of Cedar Hill’s 12 points in the second half and finished with a team-high 17.
Cedar Hill was facing the fellow District 7-5A opponent for the third time this season, having lost district encounters by scores of 51-30 and 69-33.
In other regional quarterfinals:
Lubbock Coronado 62, Southlake Carroll 48: Coronado (35-1) outscored Carroll, 36-19, in the second half and advanced to the regional semifinals for the second straight season. Carroll (23-10) got a game-high 18 points from Boston College signee Kami Mickens but lost in a regional quarterfinal for the third consecutive year.
Frisco Liberty 30, Frisco Heritage 29: Kayla Mundy made two free throws in the final minute to send Frisco Liberty (34-5) to the regional semifinals for the first time. Liberty will play Red Oak at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland.
Frisco Heritage (23-11) missed a shot at the buzzer and lost to District 9-4A rival Liberty for the fourth time this season. Bria Frierson led Liberty with 11 points.
Red Oak 61, Arlington Seguin 41: Texas Tech signee Diamond Lockhart and Taylor McCullough scored 12 points apiece as Red Oak, the No. 3 seed from District 15-4A, beat 15-4A champion Seguin.
Red Oak (28-9) avenged two district losses to Seguin (28-8). Red Oak led by four at halftime, then outscored Seguin, 37-21, in the second half.
Lincoln 72, The Colony 50: Jade Colbert scored 21 points, and Kelsey Criner hit three 3-pointers and added 19 points as District 12-4A champion Lincoln (33-4) ended the playoff run for The Colony (20-15), the No. 4 seed from 9-4A. Lincoln will play Mansfield Summit in a 4A Region II semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland.
Kennedale 74, Mineral Wells 57: Autummn Williams scored 21 points to help Kennedale reach the regional semifinals for the fourth consecutive season. Kennedale (28-6) also got 17 points from McKinley Bostad, along with 13 points and 10 rebounds from Travanti Downes.
Class A Division I
Triple A Academy 54, Avery 36: Amber Browning scored 18 points, and Imari Bell had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Triple A.
Stylz Sanders, Mansfield Summit, guard: Sanders made a layup with three seconds left as defending 4A state champion Summit (25-13) beat Lindale, 47-46, and reached the regional semifinals for the seventh consecutive season. Sanders finished with a game-high 18 points.
Ashley Ferguson, Arlington Bowie, forward: The Texas Southern signee scored 26 points to lead Bowie (32-5) to a 59-53 win over El Paso Bel Air in a 5A Region I quarterfinal. Bowie trailed by six at halftime and by two entering the fourth quarter before rallying.
Vanessa Jones, Flower Mound Marcus, forward: Scored a game-high 15 points to help Marcus (30-7) to a 53-50 win over Mansfield Timberview (31-6), which had been ranked 13th in the state in 5A. Marcus advanced to play Lubbock Coronado in a 5A Region I semifinal Friday.