Five teams from Waxahachie played against Hewitt Midway on Friday night, but just one team came away with a victory on its home court.
The Waxahachie Lady Indians’ junior varsity team played an outstanding game and defeated the Pantherettes, 33-24, in George Solis Gym.
“I thought we did a fantastic job tonight,” Waxahachie coach Pattilyn Wilkinson said. “Some of the keys I wrote up on the board before we started the game was we wanted five passes for a good shot. We wanted to be smart on defense and we played good defense in the second half by not reaching and fouling. Another key I put up was to box out on rebounds. Tonight was some of the best rebounding we have had all season.”
As the players bought into Wilkinson’s game plan the Lady Indians seemed to have had no problem executing against Midway.
Waxahachie scored the first basket of the game inside the paint on a shot by Jessica Gonzales. Midway tied the game at two before the Lady Indians scored 11 unanswered points to end the first period.
Gonzales had six first period points as the Lady Indians used a press defense to hold the Pantherettes at bay.
In the second period, Midway rallied back and outscored the Lady Indians by two points, 10-8.
Waxahachie carried a 21-12 lead into the half, a break that was well needed to continue their dominant performance from the first half.
“I thought tonight we showed a lot of heart, a lot of character. I told them your going to have to give me 110 percent and have nothing left at the end of the game. I am pretty sure there are about seven players that are exhausted.” Wilkinson said.
In the second half the players gave their coach what she asked for as the Lady Indians kept the Pantherettes from scoring a single point in the third period.
By the start of the fourth period, Waxahachie held a comfortable 26-12 lead.
Six players scored for the Lady Indians while Gonzalez led the way with 12 points.
“Gonzalez and Marquisha Finley did a great job crashing the boards like crazy,” Wilkinson said.
As a team, Waxahachie had 13 rebounds in the second half. Gonzalez led the second half charge in rebounds with six.
Other players with points in the game include Finley (8), Ta’Kadrian Williams (3), De’Nisha Love (6), Taylor Hill (1) and Dae Dae Davis (2).
Earlier in the season, Waxahachie traveled to Midway and lost a tough game. With this win, the Lady Indians are now in the driver’s seat for the district title as they have clearly improved in about one-month’s span.
“We are one of the better teams in district,” coach said. “In the first round we lost to Midway and Waco High. In the second round we need to beat the teams we have already beaten.”
Waxahachie will get that chance as they host Midlothian on Tuesday. Game time is scheduled for 5 p.m.
The Lady Indians are 16-6 on the season and 6-2 in district play.