The second game of the Ennis Lions Basketball Tournament saw the Waxahachie Indians facing off against Hillcrest.
The Lady Indians led Hillcrest by four points (13-9) with 3:41 left in the half.
Freshman post Shaquoria Thompson (No. 32) got two points off a put-back rebound to bring the score to 15-11.
Junior guard Destinee Pointer (No. 5) made both of her free throws and put Waxahachie up by six point with 2:59 left in the half.
Hillcrest the came up with back-to-back steals for lay up, before they were fouled and found themselves at the free throw line, where they made both shot and tied the game at 17-17. Thompson added two more Lady Indians points after getting the assist from junior forward Simeon Harris (No. 11).
Waxahachie was back in a four-point lead, 21-17, with 29.1 left in the half. Hillcrest got a put-back two point shot off of a missed free throw to cut the lead to one point.
Then a foul sent Waxahachie’s freshman guard Destini Washington (No. 2) made her first free throw but missed the second right before the half ended and the Lady Indians headed to the locker room with a three-point lead over Hillcrest 22-19.
Despite the Lady Indians struggling to hold onto the ball in the third quarter Waxahachie jumped out to an eight-point lead (27-19), in part to Harris driving down the lane for two points.
Hillcrest began to play the full-court, double-team press, which gave Waxahachie fits. Hillcrest slowly started to come back.
Pointer drove to the basket for another Lady Indians two points, but Hillcrest answered her shot with a three-pointer of their own.
With 2:31 left in the third Hillcrest was dominating the rebounds and turnovers and cut the Lady Indians lead down to four points.
Pointer then drove down the paint for another two points. The score was 33-25 with 1:34 left in the third quarter when Pointer again took the ball to the basket for two.
Hillcrest drove down the court and again nailed a long three-point shot. After Hillcrest made both of their shots at the free throw line the Lady Indians only had a three-point lead heading into the final quarter.
Hillcrest drove to the basket for another two points and cut the Lady Indians lead to one point, 33-32.
Harris added a lay up off of an assist from senior guard Natesa Conner (No. 10) with 6:57 left to play in the game and the Lady Indians led by three points.
Hillcrest drove down and added another two-point shot and kept the lead close.
Waxahachie jumped out to a seven-point lead, 40-34, with 4:15 left in the game after sophomore guard Caymee Bigham (No. 13) made one of two free throws.
Again Bigham came in big for Waxahachie after she knocked down both of her next two free throws to put Waxahachie on to 43-34 with 3:53 left to play.
Hillcrest came back though. First by sinking a long three, then completing the and-one shot after being fouled while shooting.
Then Hillcrest took the lead off a steal with 2:09 left in the game and went up one point on the Lady Indians 46-45.
Bigham got a put back two points off a rebound and again the Lady Indians were out in front with a minute and a half on the clock. Hillcrest did the unthinkable when they tied the game off of a two-point shot with 6.8 seconds in regulation.
The time ran out with both teams at 48-48, and the game went into overtime.
Harris gave Waxahachie the lead in overtime after she sank both of her free throws, but Hillcrest answered back with a two-point shot to make the score 52-52.
With 1:08 left in overtime Hillcrest took the two point lead 52-54.
Waxahachie, who was trailing by two points had possession with 36.6 seconds left in OT.
But the Lady Indians lost control of the ball and turned it over. In desperation of getting possesion back Waxahachie fouled, which sent Hillcrest to shoot at the free throw line. Hillcrest made one basket and led by three points with 6.4 second left in the game.
The remaining second on the clock ran out and Hillcrest took the 52-55 victory over Waxahachie.
Head coach of the Lady Indians, Lesli Priebe said Hillcrest pulled through when they needed to and outplayed the Lady Indians.
“They out-hustled us, they played harder than we did and they wanted it more than we did.“ Priebe said. “The scoreboard speaks for itself.”