DUNCANVILLE -- The defending Class 5A state champion Duncanville Pantherettes ran away from Kennedale on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Sandra Meadows Classic, handing the Lady Kats a 74-32 loss.
Kennedale (15-5), a power in 3A, could not keep up with undefeated Duncanville (20-0), ranked No. 1 in the latest Texas Association of Basketball Coaches state poll. The Pantherettes used smothering defense and a relentless fast-break attack to build a 37-14 lead at halftime.
"I was hoping we could have competed a little bit more, but I was proud of the girls," Kennedale coach Vance Hughes said.
Junior McKinley Bostad kept Kennedale in the game early with three 3-pointers in the first half, but Duncanville opened the second half with a flurry of steals.
Bostad led Kennedale with 17 points.
Duncanville advances to the semifinals of the championship bracket against Memphis (Tenn.) Overton. Kennedale will be playing in a four-team bracket for fifth place in the 32-team field.
5OT: The other semifinal of the championship bracket will feature DeSoto (18-2) against a weary Plano West team that was stretched to five overtime periods before beating League City Clear Springs 107-105.
Consolation: Colleyville Heritage (15-8) advanced to the semifinals of the consolation bracket with a 49-38 win over Flower Mound Friday morning. The Lady Panthers, who got 14 points from Artavia Ford, will face Texas Homeschool Educators Sports Association (THESA) in the semifinals today.
Win at last: After two losses, Trinity (11-10) won its final game of the tourney, beating Wylie, 52-44. The Trojans dropped a 37-36 heartbreaker to Cinco Ranch to fall from the consolation bracket. Te'Ana Washington scored in double figures in both games.
Down two: Fort Worth Dunbar (7-12) dropped a pair of narrow losses to finish the tournament at 0-3. The Lady Wildcats were knocked out of the consolation bracket with a 64-62 loss to Waxahachie, then saw the Bendigo Lady Braves from Australia rally to take a 50-47 win in the finale. Taylor Dorsey combined for 65 points in the two games.
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