Four teams make the playoffs from all Class 4A districts but the fight for the four spots in District 15-4A is going to be tough this season.
Waxahachie finished second in District 16-4A last season behind eventual state champ Hewitt Midway in a district with eight teams. After the bi-annual UIL realignment the Lady Indians are in a nine-team district that is loaded with talented teams.
“Ennis played versus Midlothian in a close scrimmage so that tells me that Ennis can play. As far as the rest of our district, Red Oak is going to be solid. Forney, Poteet and Corsicana will be solid and then us,” Waxahachie head coach Steve Howell said.
“There are six quality teams but only four will make the playoffs. I think it is going to be tough, a lot like football and basketball. You have got to play good against six teams.”
With the large district the Lady Indians will have little time to prepare as district games start March 1, just two weeks after starting non-scrimmage action.
“I am a little concerned starting so early. We had the bad weather set us back a little bit with our workouts but I think we will be a better than average ball team this year. We will win some games we probably should not win and hopefully win the games we are supposed to win,” Howell said.
Waxahachie opens district with Terrell before playing its final non-district game of the season against Kennedale on March 4.
With a young team Howell has to quickly rally the troops to make sure they take care of business early.
“One tough thing for us will be our young kids handling pressure situations. We are not going to dominate people like we did last year. If we don’t make many errors and are still in the game and somebody comes up at the right time in the order we will have a chance to win the game,” Howell said.
Forney claimed the District 15-4A championship last season while Red Oak was second. Poteet finished third and was eliminated in the bi-district playoffs by Waxahachie while Mabank, now a Class 3A school, finished fourth.
Ennis made the playoffs last season but lost to Forney in bi-district.
“Unless somebody surprises me, I do not think there is going to be a dominant team in district. I think there will be about six teams playing for four spots. I think we are going to be competitive if we play our ball. We are young and going to make mistakes, but hopefully we will make the right plays more often than not,” Howell said.