With four states representedin the field of 32 teams, the 57th Annual Sandra Meadows Classic saw arguably its most exciting game between the Waxahachie Lady Indians and Bishop Lynch Lady Friars.
Lady Friars’ senior guard Nikki Nester made a three point shot with less than two minutes ending the hopes of the Waxahachie Lady Indians’ hopes of pulling off an improbable comeback.
Around a dozen college scouts watched as Bishop Lynch Lady Friars squeaked out a 50-47 victory in a first round match up with the Lady Indians Thursday afternoon in Duncanville.
After sophomore guard Rebecca Chagon made a layup giving the Lady Indians a 45-40 lead with four minutes remaining, Waxahachie surrendered 10 unanswered points.
During the 10-0 run, senior guard Maria Terrones scored 7 of her 8 points helping the Lady Friars regain and extend its lead to 50-45.
Junior guard P’Kandra Jordan hit a jumpshot to cut the lead to three points. However, the Lady Indians weren’t able to foul the Lady Friars until five seconds left and never had an opportunity to tie the game.
A highly contested fourth quarter was made possible due to the Lady Indians’ third quarter comeback. Down by 11 points at halftime, the Lady Indians outscored the Lady Friars 18-4 in the third quarter to gain a 36-33 lead.
“(At halftime) I told them to play more aggressive on the defensive end and told them to take better care of the ball,” Waxahachie Head Coach Lesli Priebe said. “We also went over ways to break their press.”
Chagnon (6 points) started the third quarter with a lay up, an assist and two forced turnovers providing the defensive with its aggression.
On the offensive end, junior post Amanda Mangan (6 points) and freshman forward Chanel Miller (9 points) sparked the comeback. The frontcourt tandem contributed 12 points and 7 rebounds as the dominated the interior on both sides of the court.
“It was a great team effort,” Coach Priebe said about her team’s third quarter effort. “They gave a tremendous effort and displayed the ‘not giving up’ attitude I want them to have.”
The Lady Indians captured its first lead thanks to junior guard Briana Jordan’s steal and assist to Miller who made a fast break lay up with 1:57 left in the third quarter.
“I thought we played great in the second, third and part of the fourth quarter,” Priebe said. “But the first quarter is what killed us.”
During the first quarter, The Lady Friars imposed its full court press frustrating the Lady Indians back court. The press forced Waxahachie into numerous turnovers resulting in Bishop Lynch starting the game on a 10-0 run.
Reserve freshman post Brittanay Sterns tried to keep the Lady Indians within reach by scoring 3 of 9 points in the first quarter.
Despite the efforts of Sterns, the Lady Indians trailed 18-9 at the end of the first quarter, which is something Coach Priebe is all too familiar with.
“We can’t continue to put our selves in an early hole and then have to fight back to find a way out,” Coach Priebe said. “We’ve done that three or four times this year. We need to start playing ball better in the first quarter.”
With a first round loss, the Lady Indians fell into the consolation bracket where Waxahachie took on the Duncanville junior varsity team Thursday evening.
The Lady Pantherettes Catherine Williams scored 12 points to lead the Duncanville junior varsity to a 60-58 upset victory over the Lady Indians in overtime.
Junior Post Amanda Magnon scored 12 points but it wasn’t enough to avoid a second consecutive tournament loss.
Reserves freshman post Brittanay Sterns (9 points) and senior forward Ravin Simmons (6 points) provided scoring from the bench.
Other Lady Indians contributing were freshman forward Chanel Miller (8 points) and junior guard P’Kandra Jordan (8 points).
The Lady Indians will play its final game of the tournament Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in Duncanville.
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