Defense is the stuff of champions and the Waxahachie Runnin’ Indian junior varsity is learning that lesson very well.

Under the tutelage of Coach Joe Wakeland the team has taken the challenge of playing intense defense and making good decisions on the offensive end of the floor.

The Runnin’ Indians routed Fort Worth South Hills 62-35 in the opening game of the Mansfield Timberview Tournament.

Jordan Butler led the scoring attack with 15 points. Rem Parker added 11 and Ben Walton 10, while Brandon Williams, L.A. Rose and Brendan Everett tallied six each.

“We turned up the pressure defensively and quickened the pace of the game in the second half to take control of the contest,” Coach Wakeland stated.

Arlington High took an early lead and rode it to a 63-48 win in the second round.

Butler had 15 points, with Zac Geery adding 10.

Waxahachie played great defensively against Arlington Sam Houston but came up just short, 59-53, in a very close game. Houston won the game at the charity line, making 25 of 28 shots.

B.K. Harris and L.A. Rose both had 12 points. Cody Heil added 10.

“We had too many turnovers early and foul trouble killed us in this game,” Coach Wakeland summarized.

The Runnin’ Indians returned to the win column Monday night with a victory over Mesquite Poteet, 45-38.

“This was one of our best defensive efforts against an opponent who also played good defense,” Wakeland said. “In a game like this, when it’s close all the way, it is important to have good possessions each trip down the court. We did that in the fourth quarter and that is where we won the game.”

The Runnin’ Indians play their final pre-district game Friday in Alvarado.

Wakeland concluded by saying that he likes where his defense is going into the district slate, but adds that the offense is still a work in progress.