Maybe all the Lady Indians needed for their first district win was a change in homecourt venue.
Due to a broken water pipe, Waxahachie and Corsicana were forced to move across the street into the Williams Gymnasium on the main WHS campus for their 15-4A matchup last night.
The Lady Indians, 1-2 in district play, managed to overcome the speed and athleticism displayed by Corsicana.
Corsicana used quickness and ability to control the first half.
Corsicana’s Amari Dowell had eight first half fast-break points to give the Lady Tigers to a 20-16 lead at the intermission.
In the second half the game continued to be tight - 30-26, going into the final quarter.
Corsicana went on a run to build an 8-point lead with 4:02 showing on the game clock.
However, Waxahachie began a slow surge back into the contest, by controlling the offensive boards. Baskets by Amanda Mangan and Ravin Simmons cut the margin to four.
Dowell hit a nice jump shot on an in-bounds play to give the visiting Lady Tigers a 40-34 lead with 2:42 to play. However, that was to be the last Corsicana points of the night.
Pulling down an offensive rebound, Brittanya Sterns got the putback to give Hachie 36 points.
Shaquille Davis hit a shot in the paint to cut further into the lead with 1:43 still to play.
Waxahachie then forced a turnover and tied the score when Mangan pulled down another offensive board and the basket.
In the final minute, the harassing Indian defense forced Corsicanato committ three fouls and a pair of turnovers as the Tribe closed the game out at the foul line.
Waxahachie took the lead with 50 seconds to play when Ravin Simmons nailed a pair of free throws.
Simmons then made the steal to force a Tiger turnover and a foul.
Davis missed the front end of a one-and-one, but Simmons grabbed the offensive carom.
Corsicana was forced into a desperation foul to send Davis back to the line, where she canned both charity tosses.
In shock, Corsicana Head Coach Laura Walker indicated her displeasure in the loss.
“I have stressed all year that we have to rebound, especially in close games,” she stated. “By my count we gave up nine offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter. The outplayed us and out-hustled us. We simply got out played.”
The coach closed with, “We gave them the game. We had it won.”
Waxahachie head coach Lesli Priebe saw the game in a little different light.
“It was a huge win for us against a very good and athletic team,” she said. “That was a huge fourth quarter comeback, but the team worked hard to get the win.”
Hitting the boards hard for Waxahachie were Amanda Mangan with 11 caroms, Brittanya Sterns with 10 and Ravin Simmons with 8.
Shaquille Davis led the team with 6 assists.
Capricia Jones (14) and Amari Dowell (12) led the Tigers in scoring.
While none of the Lady Indians finished in double figures, balanced scoring was the key offensive stat for Waxahachie.
Simmons and Mangan tallied 8 apiece, with Sterns putting in 7. Also scoring were P’kandra Jordan (6), Chanel Miller (6), Davis (4), Briana Jordan (3) and Shelby Molengraaf (2).
The Lady Indians will hit the road to for district win No. 2 Friday in Red Oak.