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The Dallas Christian girls basketball team put together another standout season.

The Chargers posted a 20-12 record, including an undefeated 6-0 march to the district championship.

Dallas Christian, who was ranked No. 2 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Girls Private Schools poll, then put together another playoff run, picking up a 58-44 win over Fort Worth Christian and a 61-48 victory against Austin St. Michael’s to advance to the TAPPS Class 5A state tournament in Robinson.

The Chargers squared off in the semifinals with No. 1 Fort Worth Southwest Christian and pushed them to the limit before falling just short with a 63-61 loss.  

Southwest Christian would go on to post a 10-point victory the following day to claim the state title.

Dallas Christian’s achievements were recently recognized with the release of the all-district and all-state teams.

The Chargers were a balanced group all season long, with five different players who scored at least 17 points in a game and four starters who averaged double figures in scoring during the playoffs, and that was reflected on the all-district team with seven selections.

Freshman Kennedy Chappell was voted as the 3-5A most valuable player. Chappell’s honors did not end there, as she was also a first-team all-state selection and was named to the Final 4 all-tournament team.

Chappell made an immediate impact during her freshman season, averaging 13.5 points, including 36.3 percent shooting from three-point range, to go along with 5.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 4.4 steals per game.

Senior Jewell Howard was chosen as the 3-5A offensive player of the year and to the all-state first team. Howard recorded 12.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 3.0 steals per contest.

Junior Jenna Rasbury was honored as the 3-5A defensive player of the year. Rasbury also made the all-state second team and the Final 4 all-tournament team, as she hit 50 percent (8-of-16) of her 3-pointers in the playoffs. For the season, she registered 9.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.9 steals per game.

Maddie Perkins was recognized as the 3-5A freshman of the year and a second-team all-state honoree. Perkins averaged 9.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.6 steals.

Sophomore Ansley Hughes was chosen to the 3-5A first team and the all-state second team. Hughes, who shot 68.4 percent from the floor in the playoffs, tallied 6.2 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds per game.

Freshman Ariviah Waits, who hit 14 3-pointers, was named to the all-district second team, as was junior Amy Langford, one of the team’s veteran players and defensive leaders.

Dallas Christian should be well-equipped to make another run at its third state championship in program history next season, as six of the seven honorees should return.

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