The Waxahachie Lady Indian basketball team started its season this week by winning its first two games of the year.
The squad tipped off the season Tuesday at Crowley and won 53-43 thanks to a big fourth quarter. Dawn King led the way with 21 points and Paris Townsend had 19.
Townsend, King and Destinee Pointer each had seven rebounds. Townsend also had five steals and assists. Pointer had two assists and five steals.
On Thursday, the team travelled to Grand Prairie to play in its first tournament of the year, the Grand Prairie Classic. In the first game, the team faced North Mesquite and came away with a big 58-35 victory. Waxahachie built a 16-point halftime lead and coasted to the win.
King once again led with 25 points and Townsend added 12. Townsend had five rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Freshman guard Aarion Copeland had a solid game with four points, four rebounds and three steals.
The team then played a tough 5A South Grand Prairie team in the second round and got doubled up 56-28. The Lady Indians trailed by 18 at halftime and never recovered.
“I think they intimidated us a little bit,” Waxahahie coach Lesli Priebe said.
King scored eight while Townsend had seven and Pointer had six.
The Lady Indians finished up the tournament on Saturday, check Tuesday’s Waxahachie Daily Light to see how they fared.
The coach said she is using this first week of games to learn more about her younger players.
“Obviously Dawn and Paris are four-year varsity players and are going to lead the team in the stats, but the younger players are going to get a lot of playing time,” Priebe said. “I’m starting a freshman, a sophomore, a junior and two seniors, so we’ve got to see some things.”
Copeland has really impressed the coach early on.
“She’s the fastest player I have on my team,” Priebe said. “She’s going to be special. We’re still learning a lot about our players, but we’ve got four district games before Christmas, so we better figure some things out quickly.”
The district won’t be easy this year as Red Oak, Arlington Seguin and Mansfield Summit are all in the state’s top-15 and Mansfield Legacy is going to be strong again.
The Lady Indians (2-1) return to the court at 6:30 p.m. Friday to take on LaVega in their first home game of the season.