Nov 11, 2021
02 Mar, 2024
Two Dallas-Fort Worth area powerhouse teams are set to go head to head in the UIL Class 6A State Finals on Saturday evening in San Antonio at the Alamodome. Making its 27th appearance in the state tournament, Duncanville is on the hunt for the program's 12th title. In their third appearance, South Grand Prairie searches for its first. VYPE DFW breaks down what fans can expect from these incredible teams!
Duncanville Lady Panthers (33-4)
Dropping only four games this season, the Lady Panthers have been on the prowl from the start. With their eyes already on the prize, fans watched as the Lady Panthers posted several dominant victories through non-district play including those over the likes of Frisco Memorial, Houston's Memorial, Steele, Walker, and more. Led by head coach Neiman Ford alongside assistant coaches Robert Amboree, Kiara Perry, and Tyler Thompson, the Lady Panthers continued strong through district play-- losing only one game and finishing near the top of their district standings. Once in the playoffs, Chloe Mann, Mariah Clayton, Jasmine Gipson, Laila Coleman, Londyn Harper, and others, helped take down Hutto, Rockwall, Lake Ridge, Cypress Springs, DeSoto, and finally Summer Creek in a 39-31 overtime victory during their state semifinal meeting. On Saturday, the team can be expected to continue their pace as they look to tackle South Grand Prairie.
South Grand Prairie Lady Warriors (32-3)
Under the leadership of head coach Brion Raven and assistant coaches Theron Jackson, Brittney Dupree, Crystal Hughes, and Kelsey Willson, the Lady Warriors have powered their way through their season. Dropping only three games on the year, the team has outscored their opponents by over a combined 1,000 points. With the desire to get back to the state tournament after 2021 and 2022 appearances, the Lady Warriors focused their efforts on sharpening their skills through non-district play with victories over the likes of Dallas Skyline, Little Elm, Argyle, Fort Worth Dunbar, Waco La Vega, and more. Undefeated through district play, the team secured the first-place spot in their district and waltzed into the playoffs ready to finish the job this season. Autumn Sherman, Spirit Sherriff, Camille Mitchell, Anyla Herbert, Aniya Jackson, Cedraiah Peterson, and others recorded powerful performances over Richardson's J.J. Pearce, Denton Braswell, Allen, Southlake Carroll, Fort Worth Boswell, and finally Brennan in a 53-42 state semifinal victory. Punching their ticket to the state title game showcases the Lady Warriors' resilience and determination as they look to record a Cinderella victory over Duncanville.
What To Expect
Both teams are explosive from the start. Powering through their opponents play after play, these teams have not only earned but demanded their spot in the state finals. Duncanville is no stranger to this stage of high school basketball. With 11 titles already to their name, the team can be expected to put up a powerful performance on Saturday evening. With a dominant presence on the court, the Lady Panthers aren't going to start slowing down on the cusp of another title. However, looking to earn their program's first title, South Grand Prairie has a bit of a chip on their shoulder. With resiliency and strength powering them through their season already, the Lady Warriors can be expected to channel that energy in the state title game as they look to quiet the Panthers' fans on Saturday evening.
Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m. at the Alamodome.
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