The Waxahachie Lady Indians’ basketball team will have a couple of holes to fill this season.
The most notable will be the one left by the graduation of point guard Ja’Mayia Perez. She was in the top two on the team in scoring, rebounding and assists.
One of the players that will likely be asked to fill those shoes will be sophomore guard Destini Pointer.
She played well in limited time her freshman year and appeared to take another step forward during the spring league the Lady Indians hosted.
Now might be the time for her to step up and grasp a starting position.
“I feel really good about how well I played in the summer,” Pointer said. “I’m feeling more confident in myself, especially in my shot.”
Waxahachie will still have top scorer Dawn King, who enters her senior season, and its top defender, Paris Townsend, but Pointer wants to be the blend of the two.
“I’ve been working with Dawn a little bit on my shot, but I still need to get better,” Pointer said. “I still have to get a little bit quicker to play better on defense, but I can get there.”
Lady Indian head coach Lesli Priebe before Pointer’s freshman season that she expected the young player to be a difference maker. She didn’t get a lot of playing time last season due to the emergence of sophomore Keshona Hawkins.
But Hawkins didn’t participate in most of the summer season and may not be available this fall.
“She did a great job last year, but we don’t know if she’s going to be around,” Pointer said. “I’m ready to step up if I need to though.”
Pointer provides enough height to be a force this season if she can use that size to an advantage.
The Lady Indians’ won’t have a ton of size this year, so Pointer may be asked to be more aggressive on the rebounds.
Waxahachie was successful during the summer without Hawkins and Perez as they lost just one game, so it will be interesting to see if they can carry that over to when the season begins Nov. 5 in Crowley.
Waxahachie’s first home game this fall will be against Waco LaVega at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15.