Despite a four point first quarter, the Waxahachie Lady Indians evened its season record at 3-3 with a physical 50-39 win over the Forney Lady Jackrabbits.
Using the preseason game to find the correct mix to put on the court, Waxahachie head coach Lesli Priebe moved players in and out of the lineup.
After the slow start Waxahachie came on to score 21 points in the second quarter.
Trailing 15-11 with 4:41 to play in the first half, Briana Jordan nailed a trey to cut the lead to one. Brittanya Sterns then pulled down a rebound to start the Hachie fast break. Niecy Jay finished off the play with a pull up jump shot to give the host Lady Indians a 16-15 lead with 4:24 remaining.
Forney would take the lead once more on a pair of free throws, but Ravin Simmons jump shot put the home team back in front 18-17.
With 1:55 showing on the clock, Forney forged ahead on a jump shot.
P’Kandra Jordan hit both ends of a one-and-one followed by a steal and layup by Shaquille Davis. Davis was fouled on the play and converted the charity toss to give her team a 23-19 lead.
Sterns came up with a steal and then hit the jump shot to increase the lead to six.
The Lady Indians took the 25-19 lead into the intermission.
The third period saw Forney outscore the Lady Indians 10-8 to make the score 33-29 going into the final stanza.
The teams traded baskets and Waxahachie came to the offensive end to work the ball against an aggressive Forney zone defense.
Jordan was able to penetrate into the paint to dish a bounce pass to Sterns for the bucket.
Rebeccah Chagnon grabbed a defensive rebound to start the Hachie break. Amanda Mangan kicked the ball out to Jay for a trey to put Waxahachie on top 40-31.
Neither team was able to score for almost two minutes. Jay then sank her third 3-point shot of the game to put the home team up 43-31.
Waxahachie closed the game with a flurry. Jay nailed a pair of free throws with 26 seconds to play. Davis hit the back end of a pair of charity tosses for one point with 18 ticks left. The capper came on a long trey by Briana Jordan at the buzzer for the 50-39 win.
“We did a good job keeping them off the boards tonight,” Coach Priebe said. “We need to cut down on the number of turnovers. We need to take care of the ball and take good shots.”
The Lady Indians will have the chance to work for improvement as they play in the prestigious DeSoto Tournament at the end of this week. The Lady Indians will face Pasadena Dobie Thursday night at 8 p.m.
Waxahachie 50, Forney 39
Waxahachie 4 21 8 17 - 50
Forney 7 12 10 10 - 39
F: Kelsey Clark 10, Lezlie Jeffrey 10, Jaci Mitchell 10, Ashlea Gilbert 6, Casey Morrison 3.
W: Briana Jordan 11, Ravin Simmons 10, Brittanya Sterns 10, Anissia Jay 9, Shaquille Davis 6, P’Kandra Jordan 2, Amanda Mangan 2.