Representatives from MaxPreps and the Army National Guard presented the team with the Tour of Champions Minuteman trophy. USA Today gifted the team with a National Championship banner to honor their accomplishment of topping every other varsity girls basketball team in the country.
The MaxPreps website, which tracks dozens of sports for more than 24,000 teams across the nation, describes being selected for and topping the organization’s Tour of Champions, as the Pantherettes did this season, as an impressive distinction.
“Even as the number of teams grows, the prestige of being selected remains a nearly impossible task. As 24,000 schools compete every year, you have to be in the top 0.1 percent (yes, better than 99.9 percent of other teams). To earn an invitation to this year’s tour, you've got to be more than good... more than great. You've got to be relentless. You've got to be tenacious. You've got to be unstoppable.”
The 2016 State Championship is the Duncanville Pantherettes’ fourth under Self-Morgan’s leadership. Next month, Coach Self-Morgan will be inducted into the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Hall of fame.
Coach Self-Morgan praised her players for their maturity, character and academic achievement in addition to their athletic skills. All four seniors received scholarship offers to play in college, but one of them, Chrineisha Davis, turned down the athletic offers to take an academic scholarship as she plans to study medicine.
The Pantherettes proudly sported the state championship rings they received during the celebration ceremony. Coach Self-Morgan and her players enjoyed the evening of accolades, but she said they’re already focused on next season and the next championship. View photos from the celebration.