High School: Duncanville

Duncanville's Perry Jones preparing for draft

May, 25, 2012

Baylor's Perry Jones III, a Duncanville product, talks with Chad Ford about his workouts and preparations for the NBA draft.

Marcus stands firm at No. 5 in ESPNHS FAB 50

March, 13, 2012
Texas' basketball season is over, but parts of the country are still playing and ESPNHS is still updating the POWERADE FAB 50 national rankings.

The Flower Mound Marcus boys maintained their No. 5 position after winning their second consecutive state title. Only two teams ahead of Marcus, No. 2 Findlay Prep (Nev.) and No. 4 Chester (Pa.), haven't completed their seasons. Findlay Prep beat Marcus earlier in the year.

Prestonwood Christian remained at No. 12 and fellow TAPPS power Arlington Grace Prep moved up two spots to No. 22.

South Grand Prairie, which lost to Marcus in a regional final, bounced up three spots to No. 46.

In the girls FAB 50, Class 5A champion Duncanville moved up four spots to No. 7 two weeks after completing its season. Irving MacArthur held the No. 18 spot, Dallas Lincoln dropped two spots to No. 42 and Plano West slipped a spot to No. 44.

Duncanville girls just outside top 10 in FAB 50

March, 6, 2012
UIL Class 5A champion Duncanville edged up a spot to No. 11 in the latest ESPNHS POWERADE FAB 50 girls basketball rankings.

The other area girls teams in the FAB 50, none of which reached the state tournament, held their ground from last week: No. 18 Irving MacArthur, No. 40 Dallas Lincoln and No. 43 Plano West.

In the boys FAB 50, two area teams gained ground after winning TAPPS championships. Prestonwood Christian moved up a spot to No. 12 after winning the TAPPS 5A title. TAPPS 4A champion Arlington Grace Prep gained four spots to reach No. 24.

Flower Mound Marcus, which reached this weekend's UIL Class 5A state tournament, stood firm at No. 5. South Grand Prairie slipped from No. 41 to No. 49 after losing to Marcus by one point in a regional final.

Duncanville highlights all-state tourney team

March, 4, 2012

Champion Duncanville took three of the five spots on the Class 5A girls basketball all-state tournament team.

Class 5A championship game MVP Empress Davenport was joined by fellow Pantherettes Morgan Bolton and Tasia Foman.

The Class 4A all-tourney team features two players each from champion Mansfield Summit and runner-up Rockwall. Class 4A championship game MVP Maya Hawkins and Jazzmin Jackson represent Summit on the team. Alyssa Lang and Paige Turner were honored from Rockwall.

Kynzie Newman and Presley Stastny of runner-up Celina made the 3A all-tourney team.

Here are the complete all-state tournament teams, as selected by the Texas Girls Coaches Association:

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Duncanville girls basketball team lived up to its coach’s expectations Saturday in the 5A state championship.

Duncanville jumped to a huge lead early and routed Spring Dekaney 69-31 for its seventh state title.

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Travis L. Brown for ESPNDallas.comEmpress Davenport was named MVP after piling up 17 points, three rebounds and three assists.
“This team doesn’t worry me,” Duncanville coach Cathy Self-Morgan said. “They make the right choices and they’ll celebrate with character tonight and do right.”

Duncanville (40-1) began the game on a 19-1 run and ended the first quarter with a 24-3 lead over Dekaney (39-2), which was held without a field goal in the opening frame.

The second was no better for Dekaney, which saw its shooting percentage sit at 5.9 percent while Duncanville shot just over .500.

Dekaney simply couldn’t find an open shot against Duncanville’s inspired full-court man defense, which forced 14 turnovers in the first quarter, including seven off steals. For the game, Duncanville converted 22 Dekaney turnovers into 22 points.

“We played as a team from start to finish and we played with heart and didn’t want to give up, and we got it,” Duncanville guard Empress Davenport said.

Davenport was quick to say the final score surprised her, but she’ll definitely take the win and the state championship on the floor of her future home as a Texas Longhorn.

Davenport had 17 points, three rebounds and three assists and was named MVP, but the award could have gone to any number of Duncanville players.

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Tasia Foman scored a game-high 21 points -- 18 of which came from 3-pointers -- and pulled down six rebounds. Morgan Bolton added 12 points, but she did most of her damage flying into the paint for seven rebounds despite her 5-foot-6 frame. Bolton also initiated the highlight of the game when she dished a behind-the-back pass to Davenport, who finished the layup and drew a foul.

“I think my whole team deserves a trophy because we played as a team and got it done,” Davenport said.

Duncanville increased its record for most 5A state titles with No. 7. However, this team did it differently than most of Self-Morgan’s past teams, which relied on tall post players to dominate the paint.

When the buzzer sounded at the Erwin Center on Saturday, this group of guards that turned into a coach’s dream completed a magical season in what amounted to an extraordinary way.

“I love this team," Self-Morgan said.
Check in throughout the day for updates on this year's state championship games from the Erwin Center in Austin. For in-game updates follow me on Twitter: @espn_tlbrown.

Class 1A Division I

Sudan 70, Martin's Mill 40
  • Sudan wins its second state championship in four seasons, with the last coming in 2009.
  • Danielle Logan led Sudan in scoring with a game-high 36 points.
  • Sudan shot 48 percent in the championship game.
Class 3A

Abilene Wylie 59, Celina 45

Class 2A

Brock 52, Poth 49
  • Brock wins its fourth straight state title and seventh since 2000.
  • TCU signee Kamy Cole led Brock in scoring with 19 and picked up a double-double with 10 rebounds. Ashley Fuller led Poth with 15.
Class 4A

Mansfield Summit 45, Rockwall 42

Class 1A Division II

Neches 60, Lipan 41
  • Neches claimed its third straight state title, advancing to a 34-5 record.
  • Roddricka Patton led Neches in scoring with 31 points.
  • Shauna Coleman was the team-high scorer for Lipan with 18.
Class 5A

Duncanville 69, Spring Dekaney 31
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Duncanville punched its ticket to the 5A state final thanks to stifling defense.

    The individual scoring stats meant little compared to the 23 turnovers the Duncanville girls' defense forced against Houston Cypress Falls in a 64-40 semifinal rout Friday in the state semifinals.

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    Travis L. Brown for ESPNDallas.comEmpress Davenport and Duncanville used a defense-first approach to take down Houston Cypress Falls.
    Duncanville (39-1) took control in the final 6:37 of the second quarter, going on a 21-2 run to take a 35-11 lead into the locker room against Cypress Falls (37-3).

    “Defense comes first and that’s what we focus on the most,” Pantherettes guard Empress Davenport said. “We play defense and the offense falls in place. That’s what we rely on.”

    Duncanville’s full-court, man defense pestered Cypress Falls all night, resulting in 13 steals and a shooting percentage against that just barely hit 30 percent.

    Davenport, Duncanville's top scorer, was surprisingly quiet, but she contributed a team-high six assists. It was the secondary scorers who stepped up and put on shooting clinic. Forward Ariel Atkins and guard Morgan Bolton scored a team-high 15 points apiece, with both scoring six points in the first quarter.

    Duncanville’s focus can be attributed to taking in the atmosphere of the Erwin Center Thursday night and a season full of team yoga sessions, coach Cathy Self-Morgan said.

    “The boys coach was doing it and so I thought we should try it and the girls thought it was hard, so I said, ‘Lets do it,’” Self-Morgan said with a laugh. “They didn’t’ like it, so I thought lets keep doing it.”

    Extra focus might have also been behind the rebounding surge Duncanville received from junior forward Kiara Perry, who finished with seven boards, including five in the first quarter.

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    “This girl is only 5-10 and had to go against 6-footers to get those boards,” Self Morgan said.

    The blowout was somewhat of a surprise. Duncanville beat Cypress Falls earlier in the year, but by a much smaller margin, 58-47.

    Regardless, Duncanville advances to the 5A state championship in its 21st appearance in the state tournament to face Spring Dekaney, a 50-35 winner over San Antonio Reagan. The title bout tips Saturday at 8:30 p.m. -- a date that has been circled in Duncanville’s calendar the entire season.

    “We all feel that we want it and nobody can take it from us,” Bolton said. “We’re going to fight until the end.”
    AUSTIN, Texas -- What’s the key to Duncanville’s success this year?

    Chicken wings.

    And that’s exactly what the Duncanville girls basketball team will be eating for lunch Friday before its 3:30 p.m. 5A state semifinal game.

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    “Believe it or not, the pregame meal this team loves is wings and it’s worked for them all year,” Duncanville coach Cathy Self-Morgan said. “We’ve got to find a wings place here.”

    Serious basketball preparation does come before the pregame meal, which included a trip to the Erwin Center to take in the 4A semifinal between Mansfield Summit and Mont Belvieu Barbers Hill. The idea was less about watching the game and more about getting a feel for the stadium and the atmosphere that surrounds the girls state tournament.

    “We’re here early because we wanted to watch the home team -- where did they come in from, where are they sitting, where is our crowd sitting,” Self-Morgan said. “We just want to absorb it and get a feel for the arena. I don’t think they’re going to have the deer in the headlight look like some teams that come in here.”

    With the mental and nutritional aspects of the game already mapped out, all that was left to focus on was keeping the shooting touch warm.

    Duncanville left the high school early Thursday morning, waving goodbye to a small crowd of well-wishers and making a stop in Waco for lunch and a quick shootaround at Baylor’s practice facility. Friday morning, Duncanville will shoot around again at the University of Texas’ practice facility, giving many Duncanville players their first look inside a Division I program.

    Finally, the coaching staff will make its final preparations, making sure everyone is on the same page. Self-Morgan admitted to scouring the state’s high school media to try and gain a small edge in planning.

    “Their coach does a great job and does a lot of smart things with them," Self-Morgan said. "I’ve already read in the press that their coach is tweaking some of their stuff to get ready for this game."

    All of that aside, it really comes down to what Duncanville can do on the court, coming off a big win over last year’s state champion, Irving MacArthur. Self-Morgan said she was tempted to have her team watch the game film from the regional final, but decided against it because of the mentality she wants her players to take into this weekend -- that win is over and is in the past.

    The present is a date with Houston Cypress Falls and an opportunity to play in the very last game of the season.

    “It’s going to be very competitive and we’re going to have to bring our A-game for sure,” Self-Morgan said.
    Four area girls basketball teams will be making the trip to Austin this weekend in hopes of bringing a gold medal back to the Metroplex.

    Here is a look at the semifinal matchups for those teams at the Frank Erwin Center on the campus of the University of Texas:

    CLASS 5A

    3 p.m.: Duncanville (38-1) vs. Houston Cypress Falls (37-2)

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    Road to Austin: Duncanville had no trouble knocking off Amarillo in the regional semifinal, 60-29, but had the arduous task of overcoming last year’s 5A state champion, Irving MacArthur, in a region final. Duncanville won an overtime thriller, 62-55.

    Cypress Falls: The Region III champion has outscored opponents 316-187 on its journey to state. Until the region final, no team had scored more than 48 points against Cypress Falls, which beat Alief Elsik, 59-52, in the region final. Cypress Falls scores more than 70 points 20 times this season, with a high of 99.

    Duncanville: Won the 5A state title in 2002-03, the last time it had made it to the state tournament. This is Duncanville’s 21st appearance in the state tournament. The Pantherettes attack from all angles and have four players averaging double-digit points per game. Leading the pack is senior Texas signee Empress Davenport, one of many shooters that will challenge Cypress Falls’ strong defense.

    CLASS 4A

    7 p.m.: Mansfield Summit (35-3) vs. Belvieu Barbers Hill (38-3)

    Road to Austin: It took four overtime periods for Summit to come out on top of its regional semifinal, but Summit cruised past Clint Horizon in the region final, 53-39.

    Barbers Hill: The Region III champion has seen its offensive production fall against tougher competition in the deeper rounds of the bracket but still managed to put up 66 points against Ozen in the region final. This will be Barbers Hill’s fourth appearance in the state tournament, with the last coming in 1997.

    Mansfield Summit: Summit has stood its ground through the playoffs with strong defensive play, allowing just one team to score more than 39 points. Ashley Eli has been Summit’s go-to player throughout the playoffs and is the team’s second leading scorer behind Maya Hawkins.

    8:30 p.m.: Rockwall (33-7) vs. Victoria East (40-2)

    Road to Austin: Rockwall handed Dallas Lincoln its first loss of the season in the regional quarterfinal. Rockwall narrowly escaped the regional tournament, sliding past Bryan Rudder, 48-46, and winning a defensive struggle against West Mesquite in the region final, 36-34.

    Victoria East: Victoria East averaged 64.1 points per game but has continued to improve on offense, putting up 74 in the regional quarterfinal and 70 in the regional semifinal. Guard Adelaide Wenzel is the team’s leading scorer with 16 points per game, and 5-foot-11 Kenya Griffin surveys the post. This is Victoria East’s first tournament appearance.

    Rockwall: Making its third appearance in the state tournament and first since it won the 5A title in 2006-07. The key to Rockwall’s success is its 3-point shooting and the play in the post of 6-foot-1 center Alyssa Lang. Lang will meet a team as deep in posts as Rockwall is in Victoria East, so hitting shots from the perimeter will make or break Rockwall’s offense.

    CLASS 3A

    2 p.m.: Celina (33-3) vs. Lorena (29-8)

    Road to Austin: Celina took care of business in the regional tournament, beating Pittsburg, 52-24, and Texarkana Liberty-Eylau, 65-50.

    Lorena: The path to state was a narrow one for Lorena, which won by less than 10 points in the regional quarterfinals through finals. Lorena hasn't scored more than 67 points, but has kept teams at bay with solid defense. This is Lorena’s first state tournament appearance.

    Celina: Third appearance at the state tournament and first since 1999. Celina took on a challenging schedule this season, which included a win over 5A Hebron, 54-23. Kynzie Newman leads Celina scorers, averaging 17 points per game.

    Duncanville girls elevate to No. 12 in FAB 50

    February, 28, 2012
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    Duncanville vaulted eight spots to No. 12 in the latest ESPNHS POWERADE FAB 50 girls basketball national rankings after Saturday's victory over previous No. 12 Irving MacArthur in the Class 5A Region 1 championship game.

    MacArthur slipped six spots to No. 18 after being denied a chance to defend its state championship.

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    Defending 4A state champion Dallas Lincoln fell from No. 22 to No. 40 after losing to Rockwall in the 4A Region 2 quarterfinals. Plano West dropped from No. 28 to No. 43 after MacArthur ended the Wolves' season in the regional quarterfinals.

    In the boys ESPNHS POWERADE FAB 50, defending Class 5A state champion Flower Mound Marcus maintained its position at No. 5. No. 13 Prestonwood Christian also held its position.

    Arlington Grace Prep, which has reached the TAPPS 4A state semifinals, moved up three spots to No. 28. South Grand Prairie also moved up three spots and sits at No. 41.

    Richland, which had been No. 46, tumbled out of the rankings after its bi-district loss to Mansfield Timberview.

    Duncanville edges MacArthur for state berth

    February, 25, 2012
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    FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Duncanville girls basketball team will be making a return to the state tournament final four for the first time in eight years.

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    Two hallmarks of the tradition-rich program, depth and defense, are responsible for getting the Pantherettes back to Austin.

    Duncanville defeated defending Class 5A state champion Irving MacArthur and its sensational senior guard Alexis Jones in overtime, 62-55, in the Class 5A Region I title game Saturday afternoon at Wilkerson-Grienes Activity Center.

    Jones, a Duke signee rated the No. 3 senior in the nation by ESPNU Hoop Gurlz, scored 31 points but was limited to two field goals (on eight shots) in the fourth quarter and overtime.

    If ever a team’s defense can be commended for allowing a player 31 points, this was the game.

    “Of course she got her points," said Empress Davenport, who had much of the responsibility of guarding Jones, “but we didn’t want her to get 44 like she did on Friday. Our plan was to play her to her left [Jones is left-handed] and stay between her and the basket.‘’

    If Jones got past one defender, another in a blue Duncanville jersey was usually waiting to pounce. The 5-9 senior was 9-of-29 from the field (including 4-of-11 on 3-pointers) and 9-of-12 from the free-throw line. She had 13 rebounds.

    “I really thought we would take control when it went to overtime,’’ Jones said. “It was very physical. There was a lot of contact, but some of that goes with being who I am.’’

    Duncanville (38-1) got a big lift from Antiona Robinson off the bench with eight points on 4-of-4 shooting. Consecutive baskets by the 6-1 junior post put the Pantherettes in front for good, 56-55, with 1:10 remaining in overtime.

    “Whenever I get my chance, I try to play my heart out,’’ Robinson said.

    Jones scored the first four points in overtime for a 55-51 lead, but MacArthur (35-3) went scoreless in the final three minutes.

    Duncanville guard Morgan Bolton extended the lead to three with a driving bank shot with 30 seconds to go after Jones was called for traveling.

    Davenport was fouled and sank to free throws after rebounding a Jones miss with 12 seconds remaining to clinch the victory.

    “I really didn’t think we came to play today like we are capable,’’ Jones said. “We didn’t seem to start to play until the end of the game.

    “It is hard for a team to win back-to-back state titles.’’

    Sophomore guard Ariel Atkins led Duncanville with 15 points. Davenport, battling her way out of a shooting slump, and Kiara Perry each had 12 points.

    “I felt like this was the state championship game,’’ Duncanville coach Cathy Self-Morgan said. “That was a great basketball game. Alexis Jones is one of the greatest players we’ve come up against. We’re extremely excited to be going to state. The girls worked hard for it.’’

    Davenport agreed: “Getting up every day and running lines, nobody deserved to win today more than we did. We have what it takes to win it all.’’

    (At Fort Worth’s Wilkerson-Grines Activity Center)


    6 p.m.: Irving MacArthur vs. Lubbock Coronado

    8 p.m.: Duncanville vs. Amarillo


    1 p.m.: Semifinal winners


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    Irving MacArthur (34-2): The District 6-5A champion defeated Mansfield in bi-district 81-53; Keller in area 64-47; Plano West in regional quarterfinals 67-60.

    Lubbock Coronado (27-6): The District 2-5A champion defeated El Paso Eastwood in bi-district 70-44; Arlington Bowie in area 55-52; Lubbock Monterey in regional quarterfinals 55-43.

    Duncanville (36-1): The District 5-5A champion defeated Hurst L.D. Bell in bi-district 68-33; Flower Mound Marcus in area 50-31; Southlake Carroll in regional quarterfinals 60-46.

    Amarillo (28-6): The District 2-5A runner up (to Coronado) defeated El Paso Americas in bi-district 56-44; Arlington Martin in area 68-41; Arlington Lamar in regional quarterfinals 58-54.


    Irving MacArthur: Alexis Jones (5-9, Sr. G) is the team's leading scorer, No. 3 recruit nationally and Duke commit; Ayriel Anderson (5-4, Sr. G) is MacArthur’s speedy point guard and second leading scorer.

    Coronado: Suzzy Dimba (5-10, Jr. F) is averaging 12 points per game; Lizzy Dimba (5-10, sr. F) averages 10.2 points per game.

    Duncanville: Empress Davenport (5-10, Sr. G) is the team's leading scorer, No. 70 national recruit and a Texas signee; Tasia Foman (5-6, So. G) is the team’s second leading scorer averaging 13 points per game.

    Amarillo: Krista Strange (6-1, Sr. P) will be a defensive nightmare in the post; Alexius Dawn (5-8, Sr. G) scored 12 against Arlington Lamar in the region quarterfinal.


    Irving MacArthur: Won the 5A state championship.

    Lubbock Coronado: Lost to North Crowley 74-57 in the regional quarterfinal round.

    Duncanville: Lost to Midland in the regional final 60-48.

    Amarillo: Lost to Midland 54-43 in the regional quarterfinals.

    Girls: Duncanville soph shoots down SL Carroll

    February, 21, 2012
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    FORT WORTH, Texas -- When Duncanville’s top four scorers on the season combined for just two points in the first half, Ariel Atkins came to the rescue.

    Atkins scored a game-high 22 points (16 in the first half) and teammate Antiona Robinson came off the bench to score three needed buckets to stop a second-period slide in a 60-46 Class 5A Region I quarterfinal victory over Southlake Carroll on Tuesday night at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.

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    “As a coach, you want to make somebody beat you besides the team’s superstars,’’ Carroll coach Teri Morrison said. “That’s exactly what Duncanville did to us tonight.’’

    Atkins, a 5-9 sophomore guard, did most of her damage within 10 feet of the Carroll basket by finding openings in the zone defense. She connected on 10-of-16 shots and led all rebounders with 10.

    “My teammates were finding me with the ball and counting on me to finish,’’ said Atkins, who came into the game averaging 9.6 points and 6.9 rebounds.

    Duncanville (36-1), No. 2 in ESPNDallas.com's Class 5A Top 10, earned a return to Wilkerson-Greines to face Amarillo at 8 p.m. Friday in a Region I semifinal.

    Despite a 15-8 lead after a quarter, trouble loomed for Duncanville when Kiara Perry went to the bench for the remainder of the half with three fouls in the game’s first five minutes. Texas-bound guard Empress Davenport, troubled by a hand injury, missed all six of her first-half shots. Guards Morgan Bolton and Tasia Foman combined for only five shots in the first half.

    Kate Lewis, a 6-1 junior, came off the Carroll bench to score eight second-period points, whittling Duncanville’s lead at the break to four, 27-23.

    The No. 5 ranked Lady Dragons (30-4) never led, but could have tied on a Sierra Maykus’ 3-pointer that bounced off the back rim early in the third period. Carroll was 3-of-13 from behind the arc.

    Maykus led Carroll with 13 points and Lewis finished with 12.

    "Duncanville’s defense was outstanding and when we had shots, we didn’t shoot very well,’’ Morrison said.

    Carroll's 2010-2011 season also ended with a third-round playoff loss to Duncanville.

    “We came out in the third quarter knowing that we had to run and push the ball,’’ said Duncanville coach Cathy Self-Morgan. “We wanted to up the defensive pressure and wear ‘em down.’’

    Once the Pantherettes started running, everybody started getting in the scoring act again.

    Duncanville’s lead hovered around 10 points for most of the fourth quarter and Carroll was forced to foul in the final minutes.

    “Teri’s team worked hard and never quit,’’ Self-Morgan said. “There’s no slackers in our group, either.’’

    Duncanville enters playoffs on 21-game streak

    February, 9, 2012
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    Duncanville completed its second straight undefeated District 5-5A girls basketball campaign with a convincing 63-41 home court victory over Mansfield Timberview on Tuesday night.

    The district title was the 69th for the storied program.

    The Pantherettes extended their win streak to 21 games and stretched their string of victories in district play to 32 dating back to the 2009-2010 season.

    Duncanville (33-1) is No. 2 in ESPNDallas.com's Class 5A Top 10 and No. 22 nationally in the POWERADE FAB 50 Girls' Basketball Rankings.

    Senior guard Empress Davenport, a Texas signee, and sophomore guard Tasia Foman each scored 16 points to lead the Pantherettes against Timberview, which finished third in 5-5A. Duncanville didn't pull away until the second half.

    Plano West handed Duncanville its only defeat, 58-50, in the finals of the Collin County Roundball Classic on Dec. 3. That defeat was avenged when Duncanville defeated Plano West, 55-38, in the finals of the Sandra Meadows Classic on Dec. 29 at Duncanville.

    Duncanville faces off against Hurst L.D. Bell (26-9), the fourth seed from District 6-5A, in a Region I bi-district playoff slated for 6:30 p.m. Monday at Grand Prairie High’s Amos Turner Gymnasium.

    No. 3 ranked Plano West and Irving MacArthur, the top-ranked Class 5A team, are in the opposite end of the Region I bracket and could meet Duncanville only in a regional final.

    "We accomplished one of our goals of going unbeaten in district,'' said Duncanville coach Cathy Self-Morgan. "Now our goal is to win the next seven. It won't be easy. We are in a very tough region. But I like the way we are playing.''

    Four 5A districts in area undergo little change

    February, 2, 2012
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    NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas -- The makeup changed very little or not at all in four of the area’s nine Class 5A districts at Thursday's UIL reclassification and realignment.

    *The current District 4-5A (five Arlington schools, Fort Worth Paschal, North Crowley and Weatherford) remained intact but, because of district consolidation in West Texas, changed its number to 3-5A.

    That’s an agreeable change, said Anthony Criss, football coach at Arlington Sam Houston and former Arlington ISD assistant athletic director.

    “It’s great for Arlington because it means we stay in the area for first-round playoff games instead of going to West Texas,’’ Criss said. “We’d still go west once, but not until the second round.''

    *The current District 5-5A retained seven of its eight members in the new District 7-5A: Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, South Grand Prairie, Mansfield and Mansfield Timberview. The only change is Mansfield Legacy drops down to Class 4A and powerhouse DeSoto takes its place.

    “A tough district just got tougher,’’ said Grand Prairie coach Gary Bartel.

    *In District 9-5A, Dallas Samuell dropped to Class 4A and was replaced by Richardson Pearce, which is moving back up to 5A. The other seven members are unchanged: Dallas Jesuit, Dallas Skyline, Dallas Sunset, Dallas W.T. White, Richardson, Richardson Berkner and Lake Highlands.

    “I wasn’t sure Jesuit would stay in,’’ said Skyline coach Reginald Samples. “In fact, we had agreed to play them in a nondistrict game if they weren’t in our district.’’

    *The seven Garland ISD schools that made up 10-5A in the last realignment are now without McKinney Boyd as they go forward as District 11-5A with this lineup: Garland, Garland Lakeview, Garland Naaman Forest, North Garland, Rowlett, Sachse and South Garland.