A week after their last game, the Lady Indians will take the court this afternoon in the 61st annual Sandra Meadows Classic in Duncanville.

Due to UIL rules, the team hasn’t even been able to practice as a team during the winter break so far, but this tournament will get the team ready to finish the regular season strong.

“After having five days off it gets you ready for district again,” Waxahachie coach Lesli Priebe said.

Tambranecia Henry, a junior guard, hasn’t taken the full time off and has been working on her shooting the last couple days with her stepdad. With her work and the team’s first half success, Henry knows the team will play in good shape in Duncanville.

“Since we know how to work as a team and have been working on a lot of the stuff we had problems with, we feel good we can play well,” Henry said.

This tournament features 32 teams from all over the state and Priebe holds it in high regards.

“It is the best tournament in the state of Texas,” Priebe said.

Waxahachie (11-5, 5-1 in 15-4A) will start its tournament run at 4:30 p.m. against Cinco Ranch (15-5, 2-1 in 19-5A) in the main arena at Duncanville High School.

Cinco Ranch has three players taller than six-foot-one and size has sometimes been an issue for the Lady Indians, but the team has gotten much better on the boards than they were at the beginning of the season.

The team will play again Wednesday morning with a win or a loss. A win and the team plays at 10:30 a.m. against the winner of Frisco Liberty and Fort Bend Hightower.

A loss against Cinco Ranch will force the Lady Indians to play at 9 a.m. against the loser of Liberty and Hightower.

Liberty is (8-5) and undefeated in 9-4A so far. Hightower is off to a great start in 23-5A as it is (16-4, 2-0).

The Lady Indians will play again Wednesday before playing at least once Thursday.

Tickets for Tuesday and Wednesday are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets for the tournament’s final day is $10 for adults and $7 for students.

An all-tournament pass is $22 for adults and $13 for students.

Contact Billy at b.wessels@wninews.com or 469-517-1454.