Besting the field in the 67th annual Sandra Meadows Classic held over the weekend at Duncanville High School would be no easy task.
Yet, the Waxahachie Lady Indians came one win shy of winning the consolation championship.
The road through the tournament for the Lady Indians began with MaxPreps' third-ranked team in the nation, Harvard-Westlake out of Los Angeles, California.
The Lady Indians fell behind 15-10 in the first quarter and trailed 29-20 at the half. Harvard-Westlake then outscored Waxahachie 20-8 in the third quarter to take a commanding 49-28 lead.
Waxahachie did manage to outscore Harvard-Westlake in the fourth quarter, 18-15, but fell 63-46 to move into the consolation bracket.
Sarah Bush led the Lady Indians with a game-high 25 points, while Mya Williams added 10, Diamond Atchison had nine, and Cassidy Morgan finished with two points.
Behind a team-high 14 points by Bush and 11 more from both Cassidy Morgan and Rayna Ross, the Lady Indians bounced back for a 57-45 win in the second game of the national tournament.
Twenty more points by Bush helped lead Waxahachie over Palo Duro, 57-31, on Friday afternoon. Later that evening, Bush and Ross combined for 26 points and Morgan added 10 more to push the Lady Indians over Marion (Arkansas), 52-50, and into the consolation championship against Frisco Liberty.
Liberty sprinted out to a 21-15 halftime lead and then held a 35-18 advantage after three quarters. Waxahachie made a game of it, though, pulling to within four points before the final buzzer, 41-37. Bush led with 11 points and Ross finished with nine.