WILLS POINT – Not often is the second round of the playoffs an easier match than the first. On Friday night the Waxahachie Lady Indians approached the game against Hallsville in a business-like manner and blew past the Ladycats, 66-40.

With the win the Lady Indians advance to the Regional Quarterfinals and will face either Waco or Longview.

“We played a great first half. I thought we did a really good job of pressuring them and getting the ball inside,” Waxahachie coach Lesli Priebe said. “I am proud that we are going to the next round.”

Hallsville (18-13) put the first points of the game on the board with free throws at the 6:35 mark of the first period – a sign of things to come.

Waxahachie (24-13) answered back and tied the game at two on a basket by Brittanya Sterns. With 6:10 to play in the first period Briana Jordan scored to give the Lady Indians a 4-2 lead.

With the lead, Waxahachie went into a press defense and forced the Ladycats to turn the ball over, and over.

Using the press, Waxahachie ran out to a 21-5 first period lead as Sterns cashed in eight points.

The Lady Indians scored an unanswered 15 points to finish the period. The team’s final first period basket was the exclamation mark.

Junior Rebecca Chagnon stole a Ladycat inbounds pass with aggressive defensive play before laying it up with six seconds to play.

Waxahachie held the Ladycats to one field goal in the first period while connecting on nine field goals, including one three-pointer.

Entering the second period, the question quickly changed from who would win the game to how many points would Waxahachie beat Hallsville by.

In the end the Lady Indians defeated Hallsville by 26 points in a game that was decided in the first half.

Waxahachie’s Chanel Miller helped ignite the Lady Indians in the first half with nine points. Sterns had 10 points in the half.

Hallsville was held to four field goals in the first half. A perimeter shooting team, the Ladycats’ could not find an open spot on the court to take a long-range shot.

Six of the Ladycats 14 first half points came via the free throw line. In the second half Hallsville scored the majority of their points from the line.

Hallsville was 22-of-32 from the line in the game. In the second half the Ladycats managed just four field goals against the tough Lady Indian defense.

In the third period Hallsville outscored Waxahachie, 17-14, as the team was 12-of-19 from the line. The Ladycats outscored Waxahachie 7-1 to start the period.

Leading by 19 points entering the fourth period, Waxahachie’s P’Kandra Jordan, a senior, made sure the Hallsville rally was cut short.

“I thought P’Kandra played a really good game tonight. They jumped on us in the third quarter and she gave us the spark we needed to stay in the lead,” Priebe said.

Jordan scored seven fourth period points as the lady Indians outscored Hallsville 15-9 in the final frame.

Waxahachie maintained at least a 16-point lead the entire second half.

Overall, Waxahachie shot 27-of-51 (52.9 percent) from the field while landing three 3-pointers. Briana Jordan nailed two 3-point shots while Chanel Miller hit one.

Sterns led the Lady Indians in scoring with 18 points. She recorded her second double double of the playoffs as she pulled down 10 rebounds.

As a team the Lady Indians shot 9-of-13 from the free throw line.

Sterns, P’Kandra Jordan (14) and Briana Jordan (12) all scored in double figures for the Tribe.

Other Lady Indians with points in the game were Shaquille Davis (2), Amanda Mangan (2), Kateshia Overton (7), Miller (9) and Chagnon (2).

With 1:21 to play in the game, former junior varsity players Marquisha Finley, Ta’Kadiran Williams, Tralisia Washington and Rosele Branum entered the game.

Waxahachie’s defense forced 29 Ladycat turnovers while out rebounding Hallsville 23-13.

“We knew they were a great perimeter team and we practiced during the week to stop their outside shooting,” Priebe said.

Hallsville landed two 3-pointers in the game, both in the second half, as two players scored in double figures. The Ladycats were 8-of-29 (27.6 percent) from the field in the game.

In the third period Hallsville outscored Waxahachie, 17-14, as the team was 12-of-19 from the line. The Ladycats outscored Waxahachie 7-1 to start the period.

Leading by 19 points entering the fourth period, Waxahachie’s P’Kandra Jordan, a senior, made sure the Hallsville rally was cut short.

“I thought P’Kandra played a really good game tonight. They jumped on us in the third quarter and she gave us the spark we needed to stay in the lead,” Priebe said.

Jordan scored seven fourth period points as the lady Indians outscored Hallsville 15-9 in the final frame.

Waxahachie maintained at least a 16-point lead the entire second half.

Overall, Waxahachie shot 27-of-51 (52.9 percent) from the field while landing three 3-pointers. Briana Jordan nailed two 3-point shots while Chanel Miller hit one.

Sterns led the Lady Indians in scoring with 18 points. She recorded her second double double of the playoffs as she pulled down 10 rebounds.

As a team the Lady Indians shot 9-of-13 from the free throw line.

Sterns, P’Kandra Jordan (14) and Briana Jordan (12) all scored in double figures for the Tribe.

Other Lady Indians with points in the game were Shaquille Davis (2), Amanda Mangan (2), Kateshia Overton (7), Miller (9) and Chagnon (2).

With 1:21 to play in the game, former junior varsity players Marquisha Finley, Ta’Kadiran Williams, Tralisia Washington and Rosele Branum entered the game.

Waxahachie’s defense forced 29 Ladycat turnovers while out rebounding Hallsville 23-13.

“We knew they were a great perimeter team and we practiced during the week to stop their outside shooting,” Priebe said.

Hallsville landed two 3-pointers in the game, both in the second half, as two players scored in double figures. The Ladycats were 8-of-29 (27.6 percent) from the field in the game.