The Waxahachie Lady Indians varsity basketball team made a late fourth-quarter comeback to beat the Irving-Nimitz Vikings 55-52 and improved to 5-1 on the season.
Waxahachie trailed Nimitz 6-13 at the end of the first quarter. The Vikings then took a 13-point lead, before freshman guard Destini Washington (No. 2) cut the lead to 11 points. The Lady Indians continued to work on their comeback when junior forward Simeon Harris (No. 11) missed her free throws, but got her rebound and put the ball in the hoop and cut the lead down to 9.
Once more, the Indians began putting up numbers when junior guard Destinee Pointer (No. 5) got the inbound steal from the Vikings and finished the play with a score of 15-22 Nimitz.
Waxahachie took advantage of a traveling call against Nimitz and cut the Vikings lead to five, 17-24.
Freshman post Shaquoria Thompson (No. 32) brought the Lady Indians within three points after sinking both her free throws.
Nimitz would steal the ball twice and take advantage of both by scoring and push their lead to 10 points again, within the last minute before the half.
The teams would head to the locker room for halftime with the Vikings leading Waxahachie by nine points, 25-34.
The Lady Indians came out in the second half and began playing double coverage defense against Nimitz, which proved to be effective. Waxahachie got four steals within the first few minutes of the third quarter, but unfortunately only converted one of those steals into points.
The Vikings’ lead was cut to eight after freshman guard Diamond Atchison (No. 3) made both her free throws after being fouled.
Waxahachie also began showing some strong rebounding on both ends of the court. Late in the third quarter Pointer nailed a three-point shot to pull Waxahachie within six points.
Nimitz lead Waxahachie 45-37 heading into the final quarter of the game.
In the fourth quarter the Lady Indians combined their effective double-team defense and strong rebounding with smart ball handling and passing to pull within five points with 4:40 left on the clock.
The score went back and forth before Waxahachie got within three points when Harris nailed a long two-point shot, bringing the score to 46-49 Nimitz in front.
Harris wasn’t done there though. She would make another basket to cut the Vikings lead to one point.
Nimitz rushed down the court and missed a shot, which Waxahachie rebounded.
Atchison was fouled and missed her first free throw shot, but drained the second and tied the game at 49-49 with 1:50 left in the game.
Nimitz took the one-point lead after a free throw of their own, but the Viking lead wouldn’t last long because sophomore guard Caymee Bigham (No. 13) sank both her free throw shots and gave Waxahachie the 51-50 lead.
The Lady Indians ended up getting a three-point lead over the Vikings, 53-50, with 1:05 on the clock.
Nimitz then came up with a steal and turned it into two points and brought the game within one with 32.1 second left in the game. The Lady Indians had possession of the ball and tried to kill the rest of the clock but Nimitz fouled senior post Kadaisha Sterns (No. 14) and put her at the free throw line. Sterns gave Waxahachie a three-point lead by making both free throws.
With 3.6 seconds left on the clock, Nimitz had possession of the ball and a chance to tie up the game, yet the Vikings fell short and the Lady Indians sealed another win.
Head coach of the Lady Indians Lesli Priebe said that strong defense played a big factor in the game, but the team’s mindset through the match up was what put them on top.
“During the huddles, we would just talk about ‘We’re still in it, we can still win this thing,’” Priebe said. “I think we were 14 down at one point and all during halftime we kept repeating to each other that ‘We’re still in it, let’s take this game one basket at a time, let’s get a stop and then get a score. Let’s get another stop, then another score.’”
Priebe said the team still needs to work on boxing out and offensive execution before their next match at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at home against South Oak Cliff.