It had been 732 days since the Runnin' Indians last got a district win.
But they got a little luck and all their hard work under new coach Damien Mobley paid off in the form of a 61-60 victory at Red Oak.
"Finally," Mobley said. "We got two legs off our back. I wouldn't say the whole monkey. He's still holding on with two arms, but it's a start."
It's definitely progress after coming so close so many times to getting the elusive victory.
Waxahachie trailed 53-51 with three minutes to go when Londyn Slaughter made a nice turn around jumper in the low post to even the score. The Indians got a steal then Nik Ranson drilled a long two to give Waxahachie a 55-53 lead with 2:53 left.
Red Oak took the lead right back next time down the court with a short jumper and a free throw. Once again, the edge seesawed back to Waxahachie as Ranson hit another big shot.
Both teams made mistakes next time down the court, but Waxahachie took the lead for good when Slaughter got a rebound and delivered a long pass JaTavius Donalson, who took it in for an easy lay up for a 59-56 with 20 seconds to go.
Instead of trying to get the game-tying three-pointer, Red Oak elected to take a quick two-point shot and converted it with 15 seconds still on the clock to make it 59-58. The Hawks fouled freshman point guard Jalen Reagor, who calmly went to the line.
"I just knew I had to make them. It was a big time and we needed them," Reagor said. "That's all I was thinking."
The team did need them and he came through in the clutch by swishing both of the foul shots to make it a three-point game at 61-58.
One again, Red Oak elected to take the quick two points an converted with just 5.9 seconds left and the score was 61-60.
Waxahachie went to the line to try and put the game away for good, but both shots caromed out.
"I was thinking, 'no, not again,'" Mobley said. "We didn't need another game to come so close to winning and not get. It's hard to win and our guys worked hard to get tat one."
Red Oak inbounded with the chance to possibly win, but the ball was mishandled and wound up kicked out of bounds as time expired.
"We're going to enjoy this for tonight," Mobley said. "But we're going to be right back to work tomorrow."
Waxahachie (6-11, 1-5 in 15-4A) that's one goal down, the next is to get to seven wins. That's how many total wins the team had the last two years combined. It will have a chance to do that at 8 p.m. Friday at home against Ennis (2-4 in 15-4A).
Lady Indians fall to Red Oak
The Waxahachie girls basketball team's playoff hopes were just about eliminated Tuesday night.
The Lady Indians got burned by Red Oak freshman Kayla Barber's 18 points in their 46-41 loss. The game wasn't really that close as Waxahachie ended on a 10-0 run in the final two minutes.
Waxahachie got great effort out of Paris Townsend, who scored 15 points. Eight of those came in the third quarter as the Lady Indians struggled to keep up.
Waxahachie (7-13, 1-7 in 15-4A) will need to win all of its remaining six games to have a shot at the playoffs.