The Arlington Bowie girls basketball team knew it had a tough draw facing two-time defending state champion Duncanville in the Class 5A Region I semifinal Friday at TCU’s Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
As it turned out, it was enough of a tough draw just to face the No. 4 recruit in the nation, Duncanville senior guard Ariel Atkins.
Bowie’s season came to an end 76-32, becoming the 103rd consecutive victim of Duncanville’s powerhouse. Atkins’ game-high 32 points was enough by herself to match Bowie’s total output.
The Pantherettes (32-0) managed just a 15-4 lead after one quarter, with Atkins leading the charge by scoring their first 11 points.
The gap got out of hand quickly in the second quarter with Duncanville outscoring Bowie 22-5, another dozen of those points coming from the University of Texas commit.
With Duncanville rolling 37-9 at the half, Atkins took a seat on the sidelines and spent much of the second half watching as Pantherette senior guard Tasia Fomen took charge offensively, scoring 14 second-half points.
Duncanville senior Tiara Davenport and sophomore Ciera Johnson had seven rebounds apiece and Johnson added three blocked shots.
Senior guard Jazmine Holman led Bowie with 10 points, eight in the second half.
While Duncanville continued its impressive play that has spanned three seasons and 103 consecutive wins, Bowie coach Kelly Carruthers believes her team (29-2) didn’t help its own cause.
“They’re good, but we kind of beat ourselves up tonight,” Carruthers said. “I could really care less about them right about now.”
Carruthers said Friday was one of Bowie’s worst shooting nights of the season. They shot 11 percent in the first half.