The Mansfield Timberview girls went straight after top-ranked Duncanville on Friday night, scoring five of the game’s first six field goals and jumping out to an eight-point lead less than three minutes into the first quarter.
But there’s a reason Duncanville entered the contest with a 93-game winning streak, one that has spanned back-to-back Class 5A state titles and, for now, an undefeated season.
Timberview’s early lead was cut to one in a matter of minutes, and by the end of the first quarter, it was gone for good, as Duncanville regained control en route to a 75-53 home win at Sandra Meadows Memorial Arena. Duncanville (23-0, 9-0) has beaten Timberview (20-8, 7-2) twice this season.
Terriell Bradley led Timberview with a game-high 30 points, including nine in that surprising first quarter.
But Tiara Davenport sparked the Pantherettes from behind the arc, knocking down two 3-pointers, one at the buzzer, and tying the game at 19-19. Davenport had all 15 of her points before halftime.
After trailing 34-27 at halftime, Bradley helped Timberview keep it close early in the third quarter. She scored twice to cut Duncanville’s lead to 34-33.
But after exchanging several scoreless possessions, Duncanville gave itself a cushion with a string of points late in the third quarter. Ariel Atkins (free throws), Madison Townley (jumper) and Tasia Foman (layup) fueled the run.
Two more layups from Foman — both coming off steals — put Duncanville up 47-33.
Atkins had a team-high 20 points for Duncanville. JaLea Bennett scored 12 for Timberview.