CORSICANA —It was a night where nothing went right for the Lady Tigers.
That is with the exception of the end result.
The Lady Tigers defeated Waxahachie 46-40 Tuesday at Tiger Gymnasium to pick up their 20th win on the season.
It is the first time in coach Laura Walker-Holmes tenure the Lady Tigers have won 20 games in a season.
“This feels really, really good,” Walker-Holmes said. “To know where we have came from over the past three years, this is a big milestone for this program.”
But it didn’t come easy.
The Lady Tigers shot just 37 percent from the floor, including a 31 percent shooting performance from field goal range and a 10 percent performance from behind the three-point arch.
Waxahachie outshot the Lady Tigers and even outrebounded them 34-20.
But in the end, the Lady Tigers free-throw shooting down the stretch made all the difference.
“For some reason, we don’t decide to play until the fourth quarter,” Walker-Holmes said. “If we could put together four quarters, we would be a very solid team and win a lot more games.”
The game was a see-saw battle through the first three quarters, with the Lady Tigers leading by two at halftime.
Down 34-32 to start the fourth quarter, the Lady Tigers and Waxahachie continued to struggle shooting.
Neither team hit a field goal in the first three minutes of the quarter.
The Lady Tigers tied the game up on two free throws from Amari Dowell, but Waxahachie countered with a pair of free throws from Brittanya Sterns 20 seconds later.
Dowell hit the first field goal by either team with 5:03 left in the quarter to tie the game back up.
Down by one after an Amber Ames free throw, Waxahachie’s Ravin Simmons got the Lady Indians back on top with Waxahachie’s first field goal of the quarter with 4:22 left to play.
The Lady Tigers got a three point lead after back-to-back field goals from Dowell and Ames, but Waxahachie’s Amanda Magnon hit a bucket with 1:52 left in the game to pull the Lady Indians back within one.
Surprisingly, it was free throws that finally won the game for the Lady Tigers.
Only shooting 42 percent from the charity stripe in the first half, the Lady Tigers were just 2-of-5 from the free-throw line for the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter.
However, the Lady Tigers hit 5-of-6 in the final minute to seal the six point win.
“We kept our composure and made free throws when we needed them,” Walker Holmes said. “We struggled early on, but we made them when they counted and took care of what we needed to do.”
Ames led the Lady Tigers with 16 points while Dowell added 12. Waxahachie held leading scorer Capricia Jones to just eight points, as she was 3-12 from field goal range and 0-4 from behind the three-point arch.
Waxahachie was led by Magnon, who finished with 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
With the win, the Lady Tigers move to 4-4 in District 15-4A play and stay in the mix of the race for the third-and-final playoff spot. The Lady Tigers will travel to Lancaster on Friday in a very important contest.
“To win 20 is good, but getting the win and staying in the playoff race is a lot better,” Walker-Holmes said. “We got Lancaster on Friday and that is another one we want to get.”
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Waxahachie 14 6 14 6 - 40
Corsicana 9 13 10 14 - 46
Corsicana: Amber Ames, 16; Amari Dowell, 12; Capricia Jones, 8; Jessica White, 4; Brittany Winfrey, 2; Katherine Miller, 2; Semethia Fielder, 2.
Waxahachie: Amanda Magnon, 10; Ravin Simmons, 8; Briana Jordan, 6; Shaquille Davis, 4; Chanel Miller, 4; Rebecca Chagnon, 2; Shelby Moengraaf, 2; P. Kandra Jordan, 2; Brttanya Sterns, 2.