LANCASTER – Say you had to be at work at 6 a.m. most days. But suddenly you have to be ready to go at 2 a.m. all of a sudden. That could lead to a slow start to your day.
But of course once you get up and moving, it’s just like any other day.
That’s sort of what happened to the Lady Indians in their game Friday at Lancaster.
The game was originally scheduled for 6:30 p.m., but with Lancaster’s football team appearing in the state title game at that time both the boys and girls games between the two schools were pushed up to 2 p.m. Friday.
So pardon the Lady Indians’ slow start Friday as they trailed 10-9 after the first quarter. But once they got moving and found their groove it was all over. Waxahachie blew the game wide open with a 25-8 run in the second quarter and never looked back as it went on to win 62-41.
“I think the afternoon time may have had something to do with it,” Waxahachie junior forward Dawn King said. “But we knew that once shots started falling and we started moving that we would be just fine.”
King scored 12 of her game-high 19 points in the middle two quarters to lead the team to victory. She also contributed four rebounds and three assists. This capped a week that saw King score a combined 47 points and snag eight rebounds and have five assists in Waxahachie’s two games.
“I guess I’m starting to shoot a little better,” King said. “I think we’re getting better as a team though and we’re all starting to get better on offense.”
Waxahachie coach Lesli Priebe is glad that she’s starting to find her groove.
“We need to keep getting that from her,” Priebe said. “We are getting more offensive output from other players too.”
That was definitely true in the second quarter where Waxahachie only had three possessions that didn’t end in points.
“We had great execution at times,” Priebe said. “We did a good job of running transition and stopping their transition game.”
The main key in stopping Lancaster’s offense was sophomore Keshona Hawkins, who picked off three steals, which lead to easy Waxahachie baskets.
While the offense was working better as the game went on, Waxahachie still had to deal with the size and strength that Lancaster has.
“It was another physical game,” Priebe said. “That’s another team with a little bit more size than we have so that made it more important that we stop them before they can get down low.”
Ja’Mayia Perez continued to show that she’s not afraid of getting in to the fight for loose balls as she led all players with 13 rebounds. She also had 10 points as she continues to average a double-double this season. The senior also dished out four assists. Tambranecia Henry continues her hot stretch with 10 points and eight rebounds. Madison Henry, no relation, got more playing time than usual in this game and made the most of it with eight points, most of which came in the second quarter surge.
“I thought she really played well,” Priebe said of Madison. “I think the whole bench did a good job of contributing in a game where we needed them to. That’s huge when the bench is going well because we can’t be a team that is relying on just one scorer.”
Paris Townsend scored 10 points and scooped up six rebounds.
Townsend was one of the many players that was having fun in this game, which was one of the cleanest the team played all year.
“They were having fun playing and that’s great to see,” Priebe said. “When they are smiling and feeling good, they tend to play better.”
Lancaster (5-10, 0-4 in 15-4A)hasn’t had much luck so far this season after its playoff run last season. And Waxahachie didn’t do them any favors as four losses in this district this early on does not bode well for your playoff hopes.
The Lady Indians (12-6, 2-2 in 15-4A) will look to build off this momentum when they head to the 62nd annual Sandra Meadows Classic in Duncanville this week, beginning Thursday. Waxahachie wasn’t cut any slack by the scheduler in this event as it will face the state’s No. 6 5A team, Plano West (20-1). Look for a full preview of that game and the rest of the tournament in Thursday’s Waxahachie Daily Light.
District play resumes at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at home versus Mansfield Legacy.