District play is starting just as tough as non-district play for Waxahachie.
The Runnin’ Indians were hoping that things would turn around as soon as district play started, but it will have to wait at least another day as Mansfield Summit handed Waxahachie a 60-37 loss in the first 15-4A game of the year for both teams.
“They were super athletic. Their guards are awfully quick,” Waxahachie coach Steve Weeks said. “We wanted to give them some space to keep them from running right past us and I think we did a pretty good job defensively. We were just so poor offensively.”
The offense had to dig out of another big hole early as Summit started with a 10-0 lead just three minutes into the game. Quinn Sargent finally sank a runner to get Waxahachie on the board.
Lee Wheaton and Qua-Darrius Waters each scored on the Indians’ next two possessions to make it 10-6 and look like Waxahachie was going to make this a game.
But that four-point margin was as close as the game would get the rest of the way. A Summit buzzer-beater at the end of the first quarter made it 16-9 and seemingly stole all the momentum Waxahachie had built up.
The second quarter saw Waxahachie’s stagnant offense resurface as the Jaguars went on a 15-4 run to blow the game wide open. Sargent scored all four of the Indians’ points in that stretch thanks to a free throw and a three pointer that hit the front iron, hit near the top of the backboard and somehow fell through the basket.
“We try to do stuff too early and try to create as soon as we get the ball instead of letting the offense create some shots,” Weeks said. “If we can move the ball a little better from side-to-side and make some good cuts things will be better. We just haven’t done it.”
That patience can be hard to justify when your down by 14 late in the third quarter, but the offense did work itself inside a lot in the second half and that allowed Wheaton to do a great job in the paint.
“He’s got some stuff to work on offensively still, but he’s such a big body that he causes some problems in the paint,” Weeks said. “When he does get in there and start fighting for balls, he’s pretty tough to stop.”
Wheaton finished with nine points, which was second to just Sargent’s 14 on the team, and he led the way with five rebounds.
Wheaton’s efforts got Waxahachie to within 10 a couple of times in the second half, but Summit’s athleticism took over late in the game and ended any hopes of a comeback with several acrobatic dunks.
Sargent added four rebounds and three steals to his offensive numbers. Antoine Taylor filled up the stat sheet with his six points, three rebounds and one each of assist, steal and block.
The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Runnin’ Indians (1-14, 0-1 in 15-4A) when they visit Lancaster at 1 p.m. Friday.
“Lancaster is awfully good. You always know what you are going to get from them,” Weeks said. “They are going to be super athletic and are going to have a lot of kids that can play.”
Lancaster (4-9, 1-0) is struggling a little bit as a couple of its best players are still playing for the football team, which plays for the state title at Cowboys Stadium Friday night. That game is the reason why Friday’s basketball game has been moved up from 8 p.m. to 1 p.m. That will give Lancaster’s fans a chance to see their team play for a state title.
The boys’ game will be in the main gymnasium and the girls’ game will be in the competition gym, which is at the same complex.
The JV and freshmen games for that day, boys and girls, have been cancelled due to the scheduling change.
The Waxahachie fresman basketball team is currently on a seven-game winning streak after beating Summit at home Tuesday.
The Indians opened district play with a 56-52 win against the Jaguars.
Trevon Smith and Kylan Delce led the offense with 15 points. Kenneth Washington added 13.
Elijah Wheaton, Jerry Gonzalez and Dakota Strickland also played big roles in the win.
The team ended its non-district schedule with a 56-55 victory against Granbury last Friday.
Smith led with 15 points, Delce added 11 and Wheaton contributed 10.
The team will have Friday night off and will play again at 5 p.m. Jan. 4 versus Mansfield Legacy.