With the opening of district play just around the corner, the Waxahachie Runnin’ Indians entered the 2007 Cedar Hill Lions Club Basketball Tournament with the goal of coming together as a team.
Most players now on the varsity roster have only recently joined the team after playing for the district champion WHS football team.
Coach Lonnie Gaylor viewed this tournament as an opportunity to get his team into playing shape while playing against quality opposition.
It was equally as important to have the players come together on the court to become the finely tuned unit needed to vie for a district crown.
In the opening round Waxahachie drew Boca Raton, Fla. as an opponent. Though at a distinct height disadvantage the Tribe stayed close until the final quarter when Boca Raton pulled steadily away for the win.
On the second day of play Waxahachie soundly defeated Seguin 69-39.
Jamison Sterns led all scorers with 18 points. Gary Mason Jr., who was selected to the All-Tournament team, scored 13 and Dominique Carson added 14.
In the consolation semifinal game Hachie came away with a hard fought 60-58 win over Fort Worth O.D. Wyatt.
The game was nip and tuck all the way with Waxahachie able to build a 13 point lead midway through the fourth quarter. But, Wyatt was not through. The Chaparrals held Waxahachie scoreless the final three minutes to surge back to take the two point loss.
In the consolation final, Waxahachie lived up to its name as the Runnin’ Indians scored 34 points in the first half as they downed Carrolton Creekview 64-57.
Mason led the team with 20 points, while Sterns (12), Detric Slaughter (8), Carson (8), Ryan Wilson (7), Roderick Jefferson (6) and Relus Chance (3) all making the scoring column in the win.
The Runnin’ Indians will host Mesquite Poteet tonight with tipoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Friday, the team will travel to take on the Alvarado Indians. Game time will be 8 p.m.
District 15-4A play will commence January 8 with the Runnin’ Indians on the road against Lancaster.