In the first rematch of what transpired as two instant classics between state-ranked teams a season ago, it was Midlothian Heritage who claimed the first victory.
And, surprisingly, the road team has won each of the last three district meetings between the Jaguars and the Mustangs of Life Waxahachie. Heritage used a 17-9 run in the third quarter to pull away for the 69-63 win Tuesday afternoon in Waxahachie.
"We responded well to a little bit adversity. Came out and they got up on us a little bit," Heritage head boys' basketball coach Andy Slye said. "In the third quarter they got up on us, and we responded. They were a really, really good basketball team and we knew that we were going to have to fight some ups and downs. It was a really good game for us."
The Mustangs, now 18-6 on the season and 2-0 in District 8-4A, entered the week ranked No. 12 in the TABC 4A polls, while (22-6, 1-1) Life Waxahachie sits at No. 15.
Vincent Lee led the Jaguars with 18 points in the contest but scored just three points in the Jaguars 29-point second quarter. Heritage outscored Life Waxahachie 29-22 in the frame behind eight of Collin Valenta's 13 points.
Reggie Adams had seven points on the afternoon, while Quinton Joseph scored six. Kaleb Neal and Kerrion Fields each added five points, Kevin Luke chipped in four points, Quinton Joseph scored six.
Life Waxahachie was led by Joshua Sanders with 15 points, while Mason Mathers had 12 points, Tavon Spears finished with eight, Breyoen Jones scored seven, and Armani Holmes and Justin Nimmer each had six.
Robin White rounded out the Mustangs' scoring with four points.
Life Waxahachie head boys' basketball coach Eddie Berumen said, "We played terrible. Had no effort whatsoever. To tell you the truth we got out of this game what we put into this game and that was a lack of effort."
Both teams continue District 8-4A action Friday. Life Waxahachie tips off on the road against Alvarado at 7:30 p.m., while Heritage plays host to Stephenville at 7:30 p.m.
Fred Phipps/Daily Light contributed to this report.