These next two games for both the boys and girls Waxahachie basketball teams are going to be big ones.
For the Lady Indians, itís a chance to revive their slim playoff odds and build some momentum for the final stretch.†
For the Runniní Indians, itís a chance to get a little confidence and get a big monkey off their backs.
At 6:30 p.m. tonight, the girlsí team will tip off against rival Red Oak. When the two teams met to start district play Dec. 10, the Lady Hawks pulled out a 36-32 victory.
Red Oak dominated on the glass, but the game was decided at the free throw line. Waxahachie missed more than half of its free throw attempts, starting a trend that has happened in all but two district games.
The Lady Indians managed to get a balanced offensive attack as five different players contributed, but nobody scored more than nine points. Dawn King led the way with those nine. Nobody for Waxahachie could match Red Oakís Lauryn Bowieís 14.
That was the first of six district losses for Waxahachie and the team is now on the brink of playoff elimination. A loss Tuesday would just about clinch that fate.
The way the district is shaping up at the halfway point, seven 15-4A wins could be enough to get in. If Waxahachie (7-12, 1-6 in 15-4A) losses against Red Oak, it will likely need to win all six of its remaining games to find a way into the playoffs.
Should the Lady Indians knock off Red Oak (11-10, 5-2 in 15-4A), they will be alive heading into a favorable match up against Ennis (7-13, 0-7 in 15-4A) at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
The Lady Lions have lost their district games by an average of 31.9 points. Thatís even including one five-point loss to Legacy.
Waxahachie got out to a hot start last time in Ennis and led 18-5 after the first quarter. The Lady Indians led 45-19 going into the fourth quarter until they played mostly reserves and held on to win 55-37.
If the Lady Indians can knock off Red Oak on the road, then come back home and take care of business against Ennis, they could build a little momentum for the final five pivotal contests.
For the Runniní Indians (5-11, 0-5 in 15-4A), the playoffs are unlikely at best. The team is just two games out of fourth place with nine to go, but struggled to keep up with†
the five teams theyíve already played and lost to this year.
That is expected to change at 8 p.m. tonight when they tip off at Red Oak. The Hawks (4-13, 1-4 in 15-4A) have struggled mightily this year.†
Their four district losses have come by an average of 23 points. They did beat Ennis 46-44 Jan. 3, but the Hawks needed a strong fourth quarter to rally and get the victory.
Red Oak is a lot like Waxahachie in the sense that both are fielding a young roster. The young Indians have been playing better of late, but they havenít had a chance to reap the benefits of that with victories. This could be there time.
If Waxahachie is able to beat Red Oak on the road, it will be the teamís first district win since Jan. 12, 2012. So the victory can help the team build some confidence and put two years of frustrations behind it.
The team will follow that with a home game against Ennis (7-10, 2-3 in 15-4A). The Lions have been down for the last two years, but appear to be on the way up after getting a shocking win against Mansfield Summit last week, but Waxahachie will still be a difficult match up for Ennis.