The game was started nearly an hour late but the Waxahachie Lady Indians were not slowed down by the wait as they defeated the Cleburne Lady Jackets 55-51 Tuesday night in the George Solis Gym.

Delayed due to no officials being at the game the Lady Indians took a 13-7 lead in the opening period.

In the second, Cleburne fought back and cut Waxahachie’s lead to two points, 17-15, heading into the halftime break.

With a running clock the game was on pace to finish in time for the varsity games following it to start on time.

The junior varsity girls had other ideas.

Cleburne kept fighting and with free throws late in the fourth period managed to force a tie at 38 and send the game in to overtime.

Waxahachie controlled the overtime period by outscoring Cleburne 17-13 to pull away for a four-point win.

Dae Dae Davis opened the extra frame with a three-pointer to give the Lady Indians a quick lead.

Waxahachie kept the lead the entire game and held off a late Cleburne rally, 53-51, to end the regular season with a victory.

Playing on the junior varsity to earn more playing time before the playoffs, Taylor Hill had 10 points for Waxahachie.

Leading the way for the Lady Indians was Jamayia Perez with 13 points.

Perez scored five points in overtime while shooting 3-of-3 from the free throw line.

KaTarrian Lacey also scored in double figures for WHS with 11 points. She was 6-of-8 from the free throw line in the extra period.

Lupe Gonzales had seven points in the game including a first period three while Davis finished with nine points.

Varsity playoffs

The varsity Lady Indians lost their season finale to Cleburne on Tuesday but are busy preparing for the fifth best team in Class 4A according to the  Texas Association of Basketball Coaches most recent poll.

The Lady Indians will tangle with West Mesquite on Monday at DeSoto High School. The game time has been set for 7 p.m.

Last season the Lady Indians played in Lancaster against West Mesquite and won the game before advancing deep in the playoffs.

Several players on this year’s team played in last season’s game and are looking to knock out the Lady Wranglers once again.

All five of the Waxahachie starters played in the playoff last season while Rebecca Chagnon, Brittanya Sterns and Shaquille Davis started playoff games last season for WHS.

Over the last four years West Mesquite has claimed four district titles while having a 49-3 district record. The last two seasons they have finished 15-4A undefeated.