DUNCANVILLE When you池e playing in one of the

toughest tournaments in the state, there are no easy games.

This proved to be especially true for the Lady

Indians when they faced the giant 5A Cinco Ranch Lady Cougars,

which features three players that stand taller than six feet.

The Lady Indians, whose tallest player is

five-foot-ten, stood their ground and came up huge down the stretch

in the 59-56 win in the first round of the 61st annual Sandra

Meadows Classic.

典hat痴 the biggest team that I致e played since I was

6, Waxahachie coach Lesli Priebe said. 努hen you face people that

are that big, you致e got to try and get that running game

going.

The Lady Indians trailed most of the first half, but

a 21-point surge in the second half led the team to a 32-29 lead at

the half.

Junior guard Ja樽ayia Perez scored eight of her 12

first half points in the second quarter. Perez finished with 18

points, six rebounds and four assists.

Waxahachie trailed heading into the fourth, but six

different players combined to score 19 points in the final frame to

get the hard-fought victory.

Down by two with just more than a minute left, junior

guard Tambranecia Henry hit the game-tying lay up and go-ahead free

throw with 1:01 left.

Cinco Ranch had a chance to take the lead, but

sophomore guard Paris Townsend broke up a pass and got the ball

back for the Lady Indians with 10.3 seconds left.

Junior forward Lyric Branch scored with four seconds

left to ice the game for Waxahachie.

Priebe was worried that the Lady Indians (12-5, 5-1

in 15-4A) might not have the legs to compete against a tough team

like this coming off the holiday break.

釘eing off six days is tough. I know the kids worked

out, but there痴 nothing that simulates a game, Priebe said. 展e

started executing a little bit better and kept them off the boards

better and ran a ton of zone when we usually run 90 percent man

defense.

With the win for the Lady Indians, they advance in

the winners bracket to face another tough test in Fort Bend

Hightower (17-4, 2-0 in 23-5A).

That game starts at 10:30 a.m. and tickets are $8 for

adults and $5 for students.

The Lady Indians will play at 7:30 p.m. no matter the

result of that game. A win and they play in the main arena. A loss

and they will play in the blue gym.

Contact Billy at b.wessels@wninews.com or

469-517-1454.