After a hard-fought, five-game match that the Lady Indians couldn’t pull out against Red Oak last Friday, the team has dropped in the TGCA state polls.

After steadily sitting in the No. 4 spot for over a month, the team fell eight spots to No. 12. The biggest risers of the last week were the Lady Hawks, who jumped seven spots to No. 11.

But Lady Indians coach Sandy Faussett doesn’t think the polls matter too much to her team right now.

“It’s all determined on the playing field, those rankings are just predictions,” Faussett said. “It’s all going to be said and done next time we play (Red Oak). Whether we are better or worse than them will be determined by game point next time we play them.”

It’s no surprise to the Lady Indians that they dropped in the state poll after the loss.

“We should have (dropped). They are just rankings until somebody beats you or you beat someone,” Faussett said. “(The team is) very aware they dropped. They are disappointed in the loss and I think that is going to be the fuel for the next time.”

That fuel will be used when the Lady Indians (30-4, 8-1 in 15-4A) travel to Forney (2-6 in 15-4A) for a 5:30 p.m. match Friday.

Richardson’s J.J. Pearce took advantage of Waxahachie’s loss to crack the top four in the state and lept four spots from No. 8.

The top three teams in the state have been constant almost all season with Lake Travis, Canyon Randall and Friendswood holding ground.

Rockwall Heath was the only other team in the top 10 to fall into the teens as they dropped six spots all the way down to No. 13.