It was an unusual site on Friday night as the Waxahachie junior varsity Indians played host to Hewitt Midway in the J.W. Williams Gym on the campus of Waxahachie High School.
Waxahachie started the game with seven active players but by game’s end the Indians played with just four players on the court.
Despite the lack of players, the Indians gave the visiting Panthers all they could handle, but in the end, the numbers were too much as Midway won, 37-27.
“We played great defense,” Waxahachie coach Joe Wakeland said. “They were way bigger than we were. We put it on the floor and attacked and did a great job holding them but we could not get any offensive rebounds, we did early, but could not late. We could not score in transition and off the offensive boards and that made it awfully tough on us.”
With a full roster, the Indians took an 8-5 lead after one period of play before trailing by one, 15-16, at the half.
Midway edged the Indians, 8-7, in the third period to take a 24-22 lead into the final period.
In the fourth period, two Waxahachie players fouled out leaving the Indians with just four active players as a player was ejected earlier in the game with two technical fouls.
To top things off, Wakeland said one Waxahachie player could not raise his arm above his shoulder and another was cramping up.
With the four-man team the Indians went to a 2-2 zone in fourth period.
With about 30 seconds left it the game the team closed to within five points but could not catch the Panthers.
“We hung in there pretty good,” Wakeland said.
Midway shot 17-of-36 from the line while the Indians were 4-of-12.
The final four on the court for Waxahachie combined for 11 of the Indians total points. Those players were D.Q. Robinson (5), Seth Russell (1), Dazahn Wheaton (1) and Daniel Settlemeyer (4).
Nykil Lawson led the Indians in scoring with seven points. Oshae Cofer scored four points while Randy Head scored five.
The Indians dropped to 11-11 on the season and 5-2 in district play. On Tuesday the Indians will host Midlothian. Game time is scheduled for 5 p.m.