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Mar, 2020

Judson Falls Short

By: Antonio G. Castillo

 

San Antonio, TX-

From the onset Duncanville clearly made it their goal to try and out physical the defending champs, throwing two defenders against star guard Kierra Sanderlin after the tip, sending her to the floor and causing a turnover almost immediately.

It was routine in the first half as Duncanville constantly forced Judson into mistakes and did not let them settle down into a comfortable pace. The Rockets would not score it’s first bucket until the 4:24 mark with a Sanderlin layup.

Throughout the game, Judson would have trouble adjusting to the physical play, as they were forced into eleven first quarter turnovers and eighteen for the first half, in part to why they trailed, 29-19 after sixteen minutes. For the game, they finished with 32 turnovers, which in the end doomed their comeback efforts.

At the end of one, Duncanville led 14-10, as their defense was the catalyst.

The second quarter would see more of the Lady Pantherettes defensive intensity ratchet up, but not before Teanna Huggins would go down the right side of the lane and finish with a layup. Her bucket would cut the deficit to three points, 22-19.

Duncanville would respond with a 7-0 spurt to end the half, capped off by back to back jumpers from senior Deja Kelly and junior Zaria Rufus. The Lady Panthers would enjoy a 29-19 lead at the half.

Judson would respond out of the locker room, outscoring Duncanville, 11-8, and getting to within one possession when Sanderlin would drive on the right side of the floor and swoop in for a layup, making it a 33-30 contest with 1:01 in the third quarter. That would be the closest the Rockets would get the rest of the way. The Panthers would get just enough buckets, and pull away for the 45-36 win.

"They palyed their hearts out. They did the best they could. Inexperience ironnically got us. Although we've been here four years in a row, it was the lack of expereince of being able to keep our composure and not panic. I'm still very proud of them and what a tremendous feat they did and proved everybody wrong. All season long, game by game, playoff game by playoff game, I'm very proud of them," said Judson Head Coach Trivia Corrales on her team. 

Senior star, Deja Kelly would lead the Lady Pantherettes with 13pts on the night, while junior Zaria Rufus would haul in 10 boards. Duncanville advances to face Cypress Creek in the 6A State Championship tomorrow night.

Although the Rockets were not able to pull off the repeat as 6A State Champions, Coach Corrales and the ladies have reached the State Semifinals four years in a row, claimed the 2019 6A Championship, and have the majority of their core returning for next season. Judson ends it's campain as the Region IV Champion, State Semifinalist, and with an overall record of 33 wins, and 9 losses.