DUNCANVILLE — The Lady Indians found rough roads on their way back to district play and the obstacle of San Antonio's Incarnate Word High School standing on the path.
Waxahachie lost 57-48 to the Lady Shamrocks on Wednesday at the Sandra D. Meadows Memorial Arena during the first round of the annual Sandra Meadows Classic Basketball Tournament.
The loss dropped Waxahachie to 10-7 overall and marked a third consecutive loss since the 54-51 district-opening win against Lancaster High School on Dec. 13. Since that victory, the Ladu Indians have fallen to Mansfield Lake Ridge and Summit High Schools and Incarnate Word's Lady Shamrocks in less than two weeks.
They also scored 48 or fewer points in each of the three losses and were beaten by at least a nine-point margin in two.
While Paris Gantt (11 pts) and Rayna Ross (8 pts) led the scoring charge for Waxahachie, the second quarter — their lowest eight-minute output of the game — was the team's undoing.
During those critical minutes, team-leading scorer Sha'Quoria Thompson and the Lady Indians were held to a meager seven points. Incarnate Word, however, scored 17 behind the efforts of their top two scorers, which tallied 17 and 12 points apiece.
Thompson, Destiny Bobb and Jordan McGee each scored six points, Destini Washington scored five and Diamond Atchison, slated for limited minutes after a head injury against Mansfield Summit High School, rounded out the scoring with two points.
The Lady Indians are scheduled to play the loser of the Highland Park and Bishop Alemany High School matchup at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Sandra D. Meadows Memorial Arena.
Highland Park (11-5) entered Duncanville with the momentum of three consecutive District 15-5A victories and Bishop Alemany (6-2) had won five of their last six games before competing in the tournament.
Marcus S. Marion can be reached at (469) 517-1456. Follow him on Twitter @MarcusMarionWNI.