WAXAHACHIE — With three minutes left in the fourth quarter, the junior varsity team seemed en route to its fourth loss of the season.
The Lady Indians, however, showed their mettle in the waning moments of the game and topped Mesquite Horn High School 41-40 Tuesday night at George W. Solis Gymnasium after a pair of Makayla Davis free throws sealed the win.
"The girls did a great job of not giving up even though we were down most of the game," Head Coach Ashley Proffitt said about her team playing in the first game-defining moment of the season. "Makayla stepped up big by knocking down both free throws to give us the advantage with 16 seconds left. I am so proud of all of the girls for their hard work and determination. We pride ourselves on defense and they really stepped it up in the fourth quarter."
Waxahachie (3-3) entered the game against the District 11-6A Lady Jaguars with a week's rest but were still reeling from a 50-point loss to DeSoto High School on Nov. 22.
While Davis' 12 points — including three clutch fourth-quarter free throws — led the Lady Indians' scoring surge, fellow junior Ariana Tunson, sophomores Zoriah Johnson and Sha Overton and freshman Halle Willamson-Becerra scored five points each.
Williamson-Becerra also hit one of the team's two 3-pointers.
The win not only gave the Lady Indians momentum going into their matchup with Ellis County rival Ennis High School — the second of a three-game homestand — at 5 p.m. Friday at George, but it also was the team's second-highest scoring output of the season. They scored 46 points against Carter High School on Nov. 15.
"This was a big for us as we start to look towards district," Proffitt said. "We play in a very strong district, so this come from behind victory will give them confidence if a close game happens again."