CORSICANA — The Waxahachie Indians (1-0 District 15-4A) had a trio of players that decided to get hot.
One of them — Ryan Wilson — wasn’t even on Tigers coach Andy Dotson’s radar after scouting the Indians.
Wilson drained 6-of-7 three-point field goal attempts en route to 20 points while Jamison Sterns also added 20 and Gary Mason Jr. recorded a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds as the Indians defeated the Tigers 72-52.
“When we scouted them, (Wilson) didn’t make anything,” Dotson said. “(Tuesday) he didn’t miss and we couldn’t hit anything.”
The Tigers struggled from the floor shooting 33 percent from inside the three-point line, 25 percent from behind it and 50 percent from the charity stripe.
Corsicana was just 11-of-32 at halftime from the floor, making just 4-of-19 field goal attempts in the first half.
“We did a lot of things out of character,” Dotson said. “Waxahachie is a good outfit, but we helped them a lot tonight.”
The Tigers also were outrebounded for the first time all season at home, thanks in large part to Mason.
LaQuintis Holbert pulled down a team-high 11 boards, but the Indians outrebounded Corsicana 32-27, getting 17 offensive rebounds.
“We missed a lot of block outs and didn’t defend like we know how,” Dotson said. “Our inexperience showed a lot tonight. When it comes to district play, things sometimes slip a little.”
From the start it never looked like the Tigers night.
Coming off a huge 73-62 win over Tyler Lee on Friday, the Tigers made just 1-of-9 from inside the three-point line in the first quarter and went without a field goal until the 2:18 mark when Matt Ward made Corsicana’s first basket.
Down 15-6 to start the second, Wilson hit his first of two three-pointers to open the quarter.
The Tigers’ Aaron Gant scored all of his eight points in the second quarter.
After having its lead cut to seven points, Waxahachie opened the flood gates with Wilson at the switch board.
Wilson drained his third three of the game with 2:49 left in the quarter and closed the first half with a 34-21 lead.
In the second half, Wilson still couldn’t miss from behind the three-point line.
After a quick start by the Tigers, the Indians hit back-to-back three-point field goals and extended their lead to 16 points.
Wilson finished the quarter hitting every shot attempt he took and had 17 points going into the fourth quarter.
Waxahachie finished the third quarter with a 9-2 run and led 55-34 to start the fourth.
The Tigers’ Johnny Guions scored a team-high 15 points while Triston Jones added nine and LaQuintis Holbert and Gant each scoring eight.
The Tigers travel to Lancaster on Friday and Dotson hopes his teams “early anxiety” is behind them.
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