Waxahachie’s pursuit of a regional three-peat ended Monday night as the Lady Indians were eliminated from playoff contention with a 63-54 loss in District 15-4A action to Lancaster.
Playing in District 16-4A the last two years the Lady Indians clinched a low playoff seed before defeating West Mesquite, the two-time 15-4A champ, in the opening round of the playoffs before advancing all the way to the Region II tournament as one of the final 16 teams left in state.
In their first season back in 15-4A the Lady Indians faced several issues, both on and off the court, and the result turned out to be devastating.
Like most games in district play this season, Waxahachie took an early lead Monday against Lancaster but the Lady Tigers rallied back in the second half for the win.
Waxahachie (12-16, 6-8) took a 16-11 lead after one before taking a 27-23 lead into the break.
In the third Lancaster rallied back and outscored the Lady Indians 25-14 to take a seven-point lead into the fourth.
Fighting for a chance to stay alive in the playoff race the Lady Indians gave it all they had in the final eight minutes but Lancaster held the edge in scoring, 15-13, to seal the win.
JaMayia Perez led Waxahachie with 14 points while senior Chanel Miller added 11. TaKadrian Williams scored nine, Dae Dae Davis eight, Taylor Hill six, Kraneshia Overton four and Lyric Branch 1.
Two games remain in the regular season for the Lady Indians with the first coming tonight in Ennis. The county rivals will play at 6.
The Lady Indians will host Mesquite Poteet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the season finale. Thursday’s game is senior night.