CORSICANA – Waxahachie hit the road to take on the Corsicana Lady Tigers Tuesday night to start the second half of District 16-4A play.
Corsicana gave the Lady Indians a run for their money in the first game between the two varsity teams before Waxahachie won 70-61.
In Tuesday night’s game, the two teams battled it out like a heavyweight-boxing match before Waxahachie prevailed, 39-37.
Corsicana won the opening round by a score of 13-11 before taking a 21-20 advantage in to half time.
Like most heavyweight fights, the match is decided in the late rounds.
Waxahachie outscored the Lady Tigers 12-8 in the third period before Corsicana outscored the Lady Indians 8-7 in the fourth period.
The Lady Indians four point advantage in the third period proved to be enough as the girls from Waxahachie won the physical contest.
“Chanel Miller and Rebecca Chagnon did a good job off the bench tonight,” Waxahachie coach Lesli Priebe said. “Our defense worked well in the second half and we did a much better job of controlling the ball. We adjusted our defense in the second half and did a good job of getting key stops. I am real proud of the way we played.”
In the fourth period the Lady Indians took a four point lead, 35-31, on a free throw by Shaquille Davis. Corsicana rallied to tie the game at 35 with 4:06 left in the game.
Waxahachie retook the lead on a basket by Miller with 2:30 to play before Corsicana called a timeout. Following the timeout the Lady Tigers tied the game at 37 with 1:45 remaining in the game.
The teams battled back and forth for the next minute before Miller nailed a shot for Waxahachie with 42 seconds left to play. Miller’s jumper would prove to be the game winner as the Lady Indians’ defense would not allow another basket the rest of the game.
Miller led the Lady Indians in scoring with nine points. Chagnon scored one point to give Waxahachie 10 points off the bench.
Waxahachie’s starters combined to score 29 points. P’Kandra Jordan led the starting five in scoring with eight points. Brittanya Sterns sat out the entire second half but is expected to play on Friday. She scored six points before leaving the game.
Davis scored five points for Waxahachie while Briana Jordan had six points. Jordan nailed a three-pointer in the first and third periods.
Senior Amanda Mangan scored four points for Waxahachie.
Miller and P’Kandra Jordan nailed two of the Lady Indians’ four 3-pointers.
Waxahachie will host Hewitt Midway on Friday. Midway enters the game following a 58-45 win against Waco on Tuesday. Midway is ranked No. 4 in Class 4A according to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. Waco is ranked No. 18.
Midway (23-4) is the District 16-4A leader with a record of 8-0 while Waco (21-6) is second with a record of 6-2.
Waxahachie improved to 19-10 on the season and 5-3 in district with the win. Ennis (17-7, 5-3) defeated Midlothian to remain tied with Waxahachie for third place in district.