The Duncanville Pantherettes finished their season the way they started it – undefeated – and brought home the Texas State Championship by defeating Spring Dekaney 76-42 on Saturday.
Sophomore Zarielle Green was named the 6A championship game MVP while senior captains Ciera Johnson, and Madison Townley were named to the all-tournament team.
At a celebration Sunday where parents, fans, classmates and the DHS Pep Band welcomed the Pantherettes back to Duncanville, head coach Cathy Self-Morgan praised her student athletes for their hard work and determination at every practice and every game of their 39-0 season.
“These girls have done it with work ethic. I mean just blue collar, get down and dirty work ethic,” Self-Morgan said. “They pushed each other to be stronger and better and bigger than anybody we played.”
Ciera Johnson, who is committed to play for the University of Louisville next year, thanked her coaches, teammates and fans for their support.
“This is probably one of the most fun years I’ve had playing basketball, and we love y’all,” Johnson said.
Not many teams can throw around the words dynasty and legacy with any amount of credibility, but with nine Texas State Championships and five undefeated seasons, the Pantherettes have proven they are the premier girls basketball program in the state of Texas if not the nation.
Coach Self-Morgan said she always grieves the end of a season whether it’s with a State Championship or not. She said she will miss the seniors, who she projects will go on to do great things.
“They’re going to come and show me their paycheck and it’s going to be three times as big as mine and I’ll still love them to death,” Self-Morgan said.
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