Tuesday was a much less than ideal start to 15-4A play for the Lady Indians.
In a district with seven teams good enough to make the playoffs, you need to bring your best performance each game. Red Oak did just that as the Lady Hawks overpowered the Lady Indians to win 48-36.
“I don’t think we brought our A game tonight,” Waxahachie coach Lesli Priebe said. “We’ve got to work on playing defense the correct way and to make adjustments.”
Red Oak had little issue with their offense, which was a lot of pick and rolls. Bailey Hebert or Taylor McCullough would drive the lane and draw the defenders towards them. Once the defense was out of position, they would dump the ball down low to either Chelsea Warren or Diamond Lockhart for easy baskets.
Priebe thinks a big reason for Red Oak’s success off that was a lack of communication by her team.
“I think we need to do a better job of calling out screens,” Priebe said. “We weren’t switching off the picks or rotating much at all.”
That play was working especially well early as Red Oak jumped to a quick 10-4 lead midway through the first quarter. However, that was all with Waxahachie’s top scorer Ja’Mayia Perez on the bench.
After she checked into the game, it suddenly got tight as she scored the next five points in the game to make it 10-9. Red Oak drilled a long two with seven seconds left to make it 12-9 after the first quarter.
But Perez wasn’t enough to carry the team solo in the second quarter. She scored Waxahachie’s first four points of the second, making it nine straight for her, but during that time, Red Oak’s lead swelled to six.
Paris Townsend and Perez were the team’s top performers and she scored on a wide-open jumper to make it 18-15 Red Oak. But that was when the Red Oak shots started falling. The Lady Hawks drilled three straight three-pointers to end the first half and give them a 27-15 lead at the break.
“We knew they could shoot and rebound and we couldn’t do enough to stop them at either front,” Priebe said. “I did think Paris and (Tambranecia) Henry did a good job for us though on the boards.”
Townsend had six rebounds, three offensive, six points, three assists, two blocks and two steals as she filled up the statsheet like she has been doing all year.
Henry had five rebounds as she was getting physical with some of the Red Oak players trying to snag boards.
Perez led the team with eight rebounds and 18 points.
Both teams scored 21 points in the second half, but it felt like Red Oak was dominating the entire time.
The Lady Hawks’ lead swelled to 15 towards the end of the third quarter, but Perez hit a pair of free throws just before the buzzer to pull within 13.
Both teams began pushing the ball more in the final frame, but the closest Waxahachie got was nine points after Perez nailed her only three-point attempt of the game.
Dawn King got six of her eight points in the fourth thanks to hitting a pair of three-pointers. She also had two rebounds, an assist and a block.
Tochi Nlemchi grabbed four rebounds and Keshona Hawkins had three assists, two steals and two points in her first start of the season.
Warren led Red Oak with 16 points while Lockhart and Kajaira Mays each scored seven.
The Lady Indians (10-5, 0-1 in 15-4A) will be back in action Friday as they try to even their district record at Ennis (11-5, 1-0 in 15-4A) at 7 p.m.
“It’s going to come down to execution and playing just as hard as we can the rest of district,” Priebe said. “I don’t think we did either tonight.”
Ennis began district play with a dominating 56-40 win at Lancaster.
The Lady Lions led by 25 after three quarters before letting off the gas in the fourth.
Arlandria Harris and Aliyah Richard each scored 21 to lead Ennis.
Howard beats Forney Brown
The Howard girls basketball teams swept their games against Forney Brown last week.
The eighth-grade A team won 40-14 thanks to 14 points from Paige Bostwick and eight points each from Caymee Bigham and Kendyll Armstrong.
The eighth-grade B team won 33-24 thanks to 18 points from Celeste Gonzales.
The seventh-grade A team won 40-9 thanks to 14 points by Diamond Atchison. Destini Washington and JaKia Cash each contributed eight.
The seventh-grade B team won 33-8 and it was led by Danice Dukes’ nine points.