Read the next sentence slowly enough to appreciate the feat. The Waxahachie Runnin’ Indians finished the first quarter of a 5A bi-district championship on a 28-0 run.
Twenty-eight to zero for a 35-5 first-quarter Runnin’ Indian lead Tuesday night at Mansfield Lake Ridge High School against the Burleson Centennial Spartans in the 5A Region II bi-district championship. Waxahachie lit up the scoreboard throughout the evening, easily topping Centennial, 90-33.
The Indians entered as the top seed out of District 10-5A and in the state after a second consecutive undefeated run through the district gauntlet, while the Spartans lost a three-way tiebreaker to serve as the third seed out of District 9-5A.
The Runnin’ Indians built the lead to 41 points with 4:48 to play in the first half before carrying a 54-10 advantage into the half.
Waxahachie then drained four-consecutive three-points to open a 64-13 lead just over two minutes into the third quarter, which put to bed any thoughts of an epic second second-half collapse by the Runnin’ Indians. When the third quarter was all said and done, the Runnin’ Indians led 77-19.
With the dogs called off, Centennial outscored Waxahachie 14-13 in the fourth quarter of the 90-33 Runnin’ Indians win.
Qua Grant led all scorers with 23 points and tied Tre Gipson for a team-high six assists. Gipson chipped in 16 points, five rebounds and matched Mekai Pope's four steals (9 points). Larry Wise fell two rebounds short of a double-double with his eight boards and 13 points.
Steron Sturges and CJ Noland scored seven points, each, while Noland dished out four assists and grabbed three rebounds. JT Warren added six points, Demani Richardson had four, Ethan Whiturs chipped in three, and Jaron Curry rounded out the scoring with two.
The Runnin' Indians shot 55 percent from the field (35-63) as a team and went 16-of-35 from three-point land (45 percent). Waxahachie also committed just seven turnovers on the evening.
Anthony Hunter and Kyland Walker led the way for the Spartans with eight points, each.
Waxahachie will face the winner of Dallas Kimball and Dallas Adams in the 5A Region II area championship at a date, time and location to be determined. The winner between No. 1 Waxahachie and Kimball/Adams will likely face the Burleson Elks in the regional quarterfinals early next week. Burleson will play Dallas Hillcrest later this week.
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith