The Waxahachie Lady Indians continued their playoff push as they defeated the rival Midlothian Lady Panthers, 54-29, Wednesday night at George W. Solis Gym.
Waxahachie took a 4-0 lead before Midlothian’s first basket. In what would prove to be a low scoring first period, the Lady Indians outscored Midlothian 9-4.
Midlothian managed just one first period field goal against a tough Lady Indians defense.
“We struggled offensively in the first half, but we did a great job of holding them,” Waxahachie coach Lesli Priebe said. “We made adjustments offensively that worked for us in the second half. We wanted to shut down Natalie Ruud and Rachael Walters, their two leading scorers. They have averaged 20 or more points in the last five games.”
Pribe’s Lady Indians held Rudd to six points and Walters to eight points as the Lady Indians rolled to a 25-point victory.
Waxahachie never trailed in the game, a game in which two players scored in double figures.
Brittanya Sterns led the Lady Indians in scoring with 14 points while Amanda Mangan had 11 points.
The starters for Waxahachie outscored Midlothian’s starting five 45-21.
Off the bench, Waxahachie scored 10 points while the Lady Panthers scored eight.
“Our bench contribution was great on both ends of the floor tonight,” Priebe said.
Kateshia Overton scored five points off the bench to lead both teams in bench production. Shelby Molengraaf and Chanel Miller each had two points for Waxahachie off the bench while playing most of the fourth period.
Waxahachie’s offensive production increased with each period of play while the defense stood tough.
After outscoring the Lady Panthers 9-4 to open the game, the Lady Indians out scored Midlothian 12-7 in the second period, 13-7 in the third period and 20-11 in the fourth period.
In the fourth period, Waxahachie’s Mangan scored nine points to lead all players in single period scoring.
P’Kandra Jordan scored seven points for the Lady Indians while Shaquille Davis scored six and Brian Jordan scored seven points to round out the starting five.
Davis finished the game with five assists and five steals while Briana Jordan led the team with eight assists.
Walters’ eight points led the Lady Panthers in scoring. Other players with points for Midlothian were Sam Jackson (3), Lauren Daniell (2), Nicole Hulshouser (2), Mikeela Lockwood (3) and Trisha Dupree (5).
Briana Jordan, Walters and Dupree each nailed one 3-pointer in the game.
“We were heartbroken after the loss to Midway,” Priebe said. “We bounced back well. I am proud of them. It is always hard to come back after an emotional loss.”
The Lady Indians’ ability to bounce back was key to the playoff push.
Waxahachie is 6-4 in district play with the win while Midlothian dropped to 1-9.
On Friday, the Lady Indians will travel to Ennis to take on the Lady Lions. Tip off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Standings heading into this week pitted the Lady Indians tied for fourth place with Cleburne. Ennis stood in third place as it headed into this week’s game against No. 20 Waco.
Due to the winter weather, many of this week’s games have been rescheduled. Corsicana defeated University on Tuesday, 44-29.