Duncanville girls get third shot at MacArthur

February, 22, 2010
Which will prevail? Irving MacArthur’s brilliant backcourt or Duncanville’s powerful front line.

Two ESPN Rise Fab 50 girls basketball teams meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. in a Class 5A Region I quarterfinal at Arlington Lamar High School.

At stake is a berth in the 8 p.m. Region I semifinal Friday night in Fort Worth.

MacArthur (35-1) is No. 22 nationally and No. 3 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches state rankings.

Duncanville (33-3) is No. 33 nationally and No. 4 in the state.

MacArthur won the two previous meetings of the District 7-5A rivals, 69-56 on Jan. 2 in Irving and 67-57 on Jan. 26 in Duncanville.

Irving MacArthur’s Odyssey Sims (No. 3 prospect nationally in ESPNU’s HoopGurlz 2010 Class) and sophomore backcourt mate Alexis Jones have accounted for 86 percent of the Lady Cardinals’ scoring in the two prior Duncanville games.

The 5-8 Sims, a Baylor recruit, has torched Duncanville with games of 36 and 27 points.

Forward Akil Simpson (5-11 senior), post Bunny Williams (6-2 junior) and forward Sha Turner (6-0 senior) have played well for Duncanville.

Duncanville led at the end of low-scoring first halves of previous games only to be outscored by a combined 86-50 in the final two quarters.

The winner advances to meet the North Crowley-Mansfield Summit winner.



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