A late second half lead slowly evaporated for the Waxahachie girls basketball team during the opening game of summer league action as Kennedale chipped away with an 18-5 run to close the game and secure a 61-51 victory.

Down 4-0 early, the Lady Indians climbed back into the game by forcing Kennedale into bad shots while hitting some good looks of their own. Three-pointers by Jamayia Perez and Taylor Hill gave the team a 19-13 lead while a layup by Shanquel Wheaton put the girls ahead by double-figures for the first time in the game at 27-17.

But the Lady Wildcats mounted a late first-half rally via a 7-0 run to cut that lead down to three at intermission. Wheaton did her best to keep the team in the ball game with a layup off a Hill assist to start the second half.

She went on to hit three consecutive shots just moments later keeping Waxahachie ahead 41-35. After scoring just four points in the first half, Wheaton caught fire with 12 in the second half to finish with a team-high 16. Wheaton’s free throws with just under five minutes left put Waxahachie up 46-43 but the lead dwindled from there.

The Lady Wildcats started their rally with only a pair of free throws by Wheaton and a late three-pointer by Hill as the only answers.

Hill and Perez both finished in double-figures with 10 but only combined for six points in the second half. Kraneshia Overton chipped in eight while Tambra Henry added five.

Red Oak handed lopsided loss by Hewitt Midway

A strong start against powerhouse Hewitt Midway had the Red Oak girls basketball team feeling good about their chances of pulling an upset but the good feelings quickly subsided as the Lady Panthers took flight in a 42-17 rout.

Originally scheduled to start at 6 p.m., the game between the two teams was delayed until after 6:40 p.m. as only three players from Midway showed up at the start. The other two holes were filled by Midlothian players waiting in the stands to take part in their game afterwards. Eventually, four more Lady Panther players showed up allowing the Midlothian girls to sit as Midway had seven athletes to work with.

Red Oak capitalized on those numbers by using a Shelby Dixon free throw and Bailey Hebert hook shot to take a 3-0 lead. Destiny Corales’ rebound and put back kept the margin at three with a 5-2 advantage.

A Kajaira Mays’ three-pointer gave the Lady Hawks a 10-8 lead late in the first half but Midway would tie the game at 10 for the break. That’s where the good feelings came to an abrupt end.

An Hebert rebound and put back early on in the second half cut the margin to four points at 16-12 but it would be the last time Red Oak would be within striking distance. Midway rolled from there with a 26-0 run before Mays hit her second three of the game with 2:15 left. She capped her night with a pass to Hebert for a running layup that made it a 42-17 game, which would be the final score.

Mays and Hebert tied for the scoring lead with six points each.

Midlothian hangs tough against Midway

Pressing defense kept the Midlothian girls in the game against Midway but it wasn’t quite enough to overcome that final hurdle. The Lady Panthers managed to keep the game in-check despite trailing by double-figures in the second half but ultimately fell 45-39.

Down 5-0 early on, Midlothian finally found an offensive groove while using defense to keep Midway from extending its lead. A steal by Kayla Robinson resulted in a layup that trimmed the gap to two at 8-6. Moments later, Jenna Harvey tied the game with a jumper for the only tie of the contest.

Hours after being released from a doctor’s care for her surgically repaired knee, Meghan Turner made her impact known by doling out an assist to Jaclyn Freeman and hitting a three-pointer to make it a 16-13 game.

A layup and free throw by Robinson put the Lady Panthers down just 21-16 at the half and she continued that rally with an assist to post player Sam Drusch, making it a 21-18 game early on.

The Lady Panthers managed to keep things within single-digits for a few possessions but Midway’s offense eventually broke free thanks to its defense. Midlothian fell prey to turnovers which Midway turned into points during a 9-0 run that resulted in a 36-24 lead.

Freeman hit a three-pointer to stop the run as Midlothian began to fight back. Buckets by Drusch and Freeman sandwiched a pair of free throws by Robinson that made it a 10-point game at 43-33.

Drusch and Robinson combined to hit for four points late while the defense kept Midway off the board but it wasn’t quite enough to complete the comeback.

Robinson finished with a team-high 10 while Drusch scored all eight of her points in the second half. Freeman added seven.

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