CORSICANA – Waxahachie took care of business in Corsicana on Tuesday night as the varsity Indians defeated the hometown Tigers, 59-53, to set up a showdown for the District 16-4A lead this Friday.
In the George Solis Gym Friday night the Indians will host Hewitt Midway. The winner of the game will claim the district lead at the mid-way point of the season.
Midway defeated Waco, 72-41, Tuesday night while University was stunned by Cleburne, 51-42.
With the Waxahachie and Midway wins the two teams are tied for the district lead with 5-1 district records.
“There are no cake walks in this district,” Waxahachie coach Steve Weeks said. “You have got to bring your best game every night, especially on the road.”
Weeks’ Indians played one of their better games of the season on Tuesday night against Corsicana, a team that defeated Midway earlier in the season.
Waxahachie stormed out to a 15-5 first period lead before Corsicana rallied to tie the game at 21 in the second period.
Corsicana tied the game as they outscored the Indians 16-6 to open the second period.
The Indians put together a rally of their own led by Spencer Barrett.
Barrett scored seven consecutive points, including a three-pointer from three feet behind the arc as time expired, for the Indians to give the team a 30-23 lead at the half.
“It was huge for us to get off to such a great start in the first quarter,” Weeks said.
The battle continued in the second half as Corsicana found ways to chip away at the Waxahachie lead.
In the fourth period the Indians led by 13 points before the Tigers scratched their way into the game.
Corsicana started the period off with a 3-pointer, their sixth of the game, before draining an easy basket to cut the Indians’ lead to eight points, 47-39.
Brandon Williams countered Corsicana’s basket with a basket for Waxahachie before the Tigers scored again.
The Tigers rallied to cut the Indians’ lead down to three points with 1:35 to play.
Following a Corsicana timeout, Waxahachie’s Relus Chance scored to give the Indians a five-point lead, 53-48.
After a series of turnovers by both teams, Waxahachie increased the lead to seven points on two free throws by Derek Koch with 45 seconds left in the game.
Once again the Tigers rallied back with a quick basket before Koch nailed another free throw to give the Indians a 56-50 lead with 31 seconds remaining.
Corsicana needed a three, and 15 seconds after receiving the ball following the Koch trip to the line the Tigers landed a three-point shot with 16 seconds left in the game.
The three-pointer, Corsicana’s seventh of the game, took three attempts to land before cutting the lead to three points, 56-53.
Corsicana forced a Waxahachie turnover on the ensuing possession before calling a timeout with 11 seconds left to play.
Waxahachie’s defense rose to the occasion and forced a Tiger turnover. Venique Benton inbounded the ball for the Indians and found Koch.
Koch was immediately fouled with 9 seconds left to play.
The team captain nailed one-of-two shots to give the Indians a four point lead, 57-53.
Corsicana’s last attempt to rally was cut short when LaDarius Brown stole the ball for Waxahachie. LaGabryon Rose scored the final basket of the game for Waxahachie off a rebound on Brown’s shot attempt.
“We put ourselves in the right position to win and take care of business,” Weeks said. “We mixed things up on defense, running both zone and man. Each defense worked well in places and helped us get the win.”
Barrett led the team in scoring with 20 points. He left the game mid-way through the fourth period with a minor injury.
Chance also scored in double figures for the Indians with 10 points.
Other Indians with points in the game were Bryant Harris (6), Brown (6), Koch (4), Justin Volentine (3), Benton (3), Williams (5) and Rose (2).
Waxahachie hit four 3-point shots. Barrett hit two 3-pointers in the first half while Benton and Williams also hit a three.
The win improved the Indians to 7-16 on the season and 5-1 in district play. Corsicana dropped to 8-13 on the season and 3-3 in district play. Corsicana will play in Cleburne on Friday.
Heading into Tuesday’s game in Corsicana, Koch led the Indians in assists (65) and charges taken (13). Harris leads the Indians in blocked shots (10) while Chance leads the team in rebounds (135) and points (224). Barrett is averaging 12.4 points per game.