Ciera Johnson scored 10 of her game-high 27 points in the third quarter, and No. 20 Duncanville dominated the second half in a 54-40 victory over No. 7 Southlake Carroll on Tuesday night in a Class 6A non-district game.
The Panthers (9-4) outscored the Dragons 31-17 after halftime, helping coach Cathy Self-Morgan stride toward another 1,000 wins.
“We’ve been trying to buckle down on defense more than anything, and when everyone tries to collapse on Ciera, we try to swing the ball,” Self-Morgan said. “A lot of kids stepped up and contributed tonight.”
Duncanville scored the first six points and led 12-6 before the Dragons went on a 14-3 run led by Kennedy Leonard, who scored 10 of the team’s first 20 points.
Leonard had 13 points and Johnson scored 12 as the teams went into halftime tied at 23.
Johnson’s big third quarter helped the Panthers take an 11-point lead as the Dragons got within single digits just once during the fourth.
“I was just trying to be dominant today and do everything I could so we could win,” Johnson said. “The guards were finding me today, and I was giving them assists by finishing.”
Leonard finished with a team-high 20 points, and Anna Hurlburt and Priscilla Smeenge added nine and 10, respectively, for the Dragons (6-2).
Both coaches headlined the evening as Self-Morgan won her 1,000th game Saturday at the Pasadena Tournament. Dragons coach Teri Morrison won her 600th game Nov. 18 against Brock and was honored before the game.