The Lady Indians aren’t going to be catching any breaks in this year’s 15-4A and they had another stiff test Tuesday night.
The defending 15-4A state champion Mansfield Summit Lady Jaguars came to town and handed Waxahachie it’s second district loss of the young season, 62-55.
Waxahachie led most of the first half and was hanging with Summit until the final few minutes of the third quarter when the entire game changed on two shots.
Summit’s senior guard Britney Breedlove checked into the game and sank the only two shots she took to give her team the lead for good.
With Waxahachie up 36-35 in the final two minutes of the third quarter, Breedlove checked in and found her spot in the corner and waited for the ball.
“I told them that’s exactly what she was going to do,” Waxahachie coach Lesli Priebe said. “I knew they were going to try and get inside to draw the defense in and then kick it out to her when she was open.”
Summit ran it like Priebe drew it up as Destiny Strange would try to drive inside and then dumped the ball to Breedlove in the corner. Unfortunately, Waxahachie didn’t run the defense that Priebe drew up.
“I told her just to stick her in that corner and don’t let her get the ball,” Priebe said. “She’s not going to move in that corner so if you just trap her in there and keep your body between her and the girl with the ball, she’s not going to get the ball.”
Breedlove did get the ball on back-to-back possessions and swished three-pointers to give Summit a 41-36 lead that it never relinquished.
Dawn King scored 17 of Waxahachie’s 24 second half points. She led all scorers with 28. It seemed like she was the only one that could get shots to fall for Waxahachie in the second half.
“Her shot is starting to come back,” Priebe said. “She did this last year where she really started scoring as district got going.”
She nailed three three-pointers in the fourth quarter to try and get Waxahachie back in the game, but the closest she got her team was to 52-48 with five minutes to go. From then, Summit hit most of its free throws and salted away the game.
King fouled out in the game’s last two minutes as the team was trying to get back in the game by hoping for missed free throws and steals.
“We can’t be as good as teams like (Summit) if we only have one player scoring,” Priebe said. “We need to have three or four players like they get that can score.”
Priebe also noted that Summit crushed Waxahachie on rebounds as the Lady Jaguars got 16 offensive boards, almost 40 total rebounds.
Waxahachie had just 27 total rebounds and fewer than 10 offensive.
King had four rebounds to go with her 28 points and she had three steals, two assists and a block.
Ja’Mayia Perez, the team’s leading scorer, contributed 13 and had 10 rebounds to go with five assists.
Priebe thinks Summit did a good job containing Perez. Waxahachie also did a good job of containing Summit’s top scorer, Nia Jackson.
“That was our game plan. Try to slow her down,” Priebe said. “But a team like that has three other platers that are just as capable of scoring 20 points.”
Jackson finished with seven, but Keanna Kelly contributed 17.
Keshona Hawkins and Paris Townsend each scored five points. Townsend also had three rebounds and an assist. Hawkins had two assists.
Tambranecia Henry scored just four points, but she did a great job moving the ball as she had four assits and scooped up seven rebounds.
Summit (11-7) may not have the record that it had last season on its state title run, but it is sitting pretty at 3-0 in this very tough 15-4A.
Waxahachie (11-6, 1-2) will look to even its district record when it visits Lancaster at 1 p.m. Friday.
The game was moved up to allow Lancaster fans to see their football team play for a state title that night.