There was another classic Waxahachie versus Ennis game Friday night.
This time it was between the girls’ basketball teams. The Lady Indians pulled out a triple-overtime thriller to beat their biggest rivals 72-70.
“Are you freaking kidding me?,” Waxahachie coach Lesli Priebe said. “It was just an insane game.”
This game was full of dramatic moments, but it came down to making and missing clutch free throws.
With the game tied at 51 and 0.4 seconds left in regulation, Waxahachie had two shots to win. Unfortunately, both free throws rattled out and the game went to the first overtime.
“I thought the game was over there,” Priebe said. “I had my best scorer at the line with a chance to win with less than a second left, but unfortunately neither shot fell.”
Waxahachie held the lead through most of the first overtime, but each time they scored, Ennis answered.
A turnover with seven seconds left by Waxahachie gave Ennis a shot to win it at the buzzer, but a half court shot went off the front of the rim to send the game to a second overtime at 57 apiece.
Waxahachie looked like they were going to cruise to the win in the second extra frame as it jumped to a five-point lead with 2:44 to go. But just one made free throw in the next three possessions allowed Ennis to get right back in it.
“We just kept turning the ball over,” Priebe said. “Whenever it looked like we were going to put the game away, we just gave the ball back to them.”
Ennis came all the way back from down 62-57 to take a 66-64 lead with just seven seconds left. But that was plenty of time for Dawn King.
She broke free on a transition play and laid in the game-tying basket as the clock hit zeros to force a third overtime at 66 each. The teams traded baskets before Paris Townsend gave Waxahachie the lead for good after an offensive rebound and a put back with less than a minute to go. Ennis had several shots to tie it as the Lady Lions fought for several offensive rebounds on their final possession, but nothing fell until a player was fouled with three seconds left.
She needed to make both to tie and force a fourth overtime, but after the first was missed, she had to miss the second intentionally and Townsend came up with the big defensive rebound to seal the game.
“In that fourth quarter and all the overtimes, it really felt like a playoff game,” Priebe said. “It’s good that we have that kind of atmosphere with Ennis for all the sports and not just football. It’s definitely the best rivalry that I’ve ever been a part of.”
Ja’Mayia Perez led the team with 19 points and Townsend added 18. Tambranecia Henry had her new season high with 15 points and Dawn King 14.
“We definitely wouldn’t have been in that game if it weren’t for the way Paris and Tambra shot the ball,” Priebe said.
Ennis was led by Arlandria Harris’ 23 points. She averages more than 20 points a game, but had just 11 before overtime.
Waxahachie (11-5, 1-1 in 15-4A) will host the defending 4A state champs, Mansfield Summit (10-8, 2-0), at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“This has to be the toughest district in the state for 4A girls basketball,” Priebe said. “We needed this win as a confidence boost going into this next game. As poor as we played Tuesday is as good as we played tonight.”
Runnin’ Indians fall on road
Waxahachie’s tough non-district schedule continued to get the better of it when it lost to Granbury 72-59 on the road Friday.
The Indians trailed by just four entering the fourth quarter, but they gave up another late rally to suffer their 12th loss of the year. Quinn Sargent led the team with 19 points and Antoine Taylor added 14. The team will be in action again when it hosts Mansfield Summit (5-5) at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Check out page 6B for a full preview of that game and the rest of Waxahachie’s 15-4A schedule.