The win was in sight on Friday at the George Solis Gym as the Waxahachie Lady Indians played host to the No. 4 Hewitt Midway Pantherettes.
After trailing by six points at the half, 20-14, Waxahachie outscored Midway 16-7 in the third period to take a 30-27 lead into the fourth period.
The fans at Solis Gym sat on the edge of their seats as the fourth period began.
Both teams turned the ball over on their first possession of the period before Midway’s Cokie Reed made her presence known.
Reed had been shutdown through the first three periods of play by Amanda Mangan, and the Lady Indians defense.
Waxahachie forced Reed into early foul trouble, thus limiting her action from the first period on.
Following the turnovers by both teams to start the fourth period, Reed pulled down a rebound and kicked the ball out to Delisa Gross who then drew a foul.
Gross nailed both free throws to spark an 18-0 outburst in scoring by the Pantherettes in the fourth period.
Reed’s presence inside was felt in the period as she had six rebounds, seven points and denied the Lady Indians any easy baskets in the paint.
Waxahachie played a good defensive game from start to finish as they allowed just eight field goals the entire game. Midway shot 29-of-43 from the free throw line.
Midway scored more points, 29, from the free throw line than they did from the field, 16.
One key to the Lady Indians defense was stopping the perimeter shooting of Midway. In the first game between the two teams, Midway nailed three-pointer after three-pointer.
Waxahachie stopped the Pantherettes shooting, but could not generate enough offense to pull out a win.
The Lady Indians managed just six shots at the free throw line. They connected on three of the six attempts.
Gross finished the game 12-of-17 from the free throw line and totaled 14 points in the game. Reed scored 12 points for Midway.
Waxahachie was led in scoring by Brittanya Sterns with 13 points. The sophomore scored seven points in the third period to tie for the game high in points in a single period.
Briana Jordan nailed the game’s only three-point shot in the third period. She finished the game with five points.
P’Kandra Jordan scored two points for Waxahachie to give the starting five a total of 20 points on the night.
Off the bench, Chanel Miller scored six points and Kateshia Overton scored four points.
Shelby Molengraaf blocked a Midway shot attempt in the third period.
Waxahachie pulled down 25 rebounds in the game while Midway hauled in 21. Midway out rebounded the Lady Indians 8-6 in the fourth period.
Midway forced 25 Waxahachie turnovers while the Lady Indians forced 22 turnovers. In the fourth period Waxahachie turned the ball over nine times while Midway turned it over four times.
The Lady Indians dropped to 19-11 on the season and 5-4 in district play. Midway improved to 24-4 on the season and 9-0 in district.
With the loss the Lady Indians dropped into a tie for fourth place in District 16-4A. Midway leads the district followed by Waco (22-6, 7-2) and Ennis (18-7, 6-3). Waxahachie is tied with Cleburne (16-13, 5-4) for the fourth and final playoff spot.
Cleburne defeated Corsicana, 58-54, in overtime Friday night. The Lady Jackets defeated Waxahachie last Friday, 51-42.
Riding a three-game winning streak, Cleburne will run into Midway Tuesday. Waxahachie will seek to break the tie for fourth place as they host Midlothian.
Midlothian narrowly lost to Waco, 52-41, on Friday. Ennis toped University, 63-41.
Waxahachie’s District 16-4A game against Midlothian in Solis Gym is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.