The Waxahachie Lady Indians varsity basketball team has had a successful season so far, already posting a winning 10-2 record.
The team finished up tournament play over the weekend in the Ennis Lady Lions Basketball Tournament by winning three of their four games (46-29 win against Tomball, 52-55 loss against Hillcrest, 45-42 win against Roosevelt and 38-36 win against Mesquite-Poteet).
The Lady Indians have shown they can be a contender despite losing one of the team’s key players, their starting point guard Diamond Atchison (No. 3). Atchison, who is a freshman, will be returning to the team after sitting out the last four games with an ankle injury that she sustained during the team’s first district game against Legacy.
Atchison’s return could be considered right-on-time with Waxahachie facing off against district opponents back-to-back for the next five matches, starting with a home game against the 10-2 Ennis Lady Lions on Tuesday.
Head coach Lesli Priebe said the Lady Indians are going to need to be on top of things in order to get a win against Ennis.
“We know that they have tremendous guard play,” Priebe said. “Their guards are very good. So we will definitely need to contain them, as well as shut down their three-point shooting.”
The Lady Lions finished their tournament over the weekend in second place, only behind the 2013-14 Class 3A state champion La Vega Lady Pirates.
Priebe said the Lady Indians looked promising heading into district.
“I think that the more games that we play together, the better our team chemistry gets and the better that our players get to know each others tendencies,” Priebe said. “Defensively it’s something that we take a lot of pride in and definitely want to continue to improve in that area.”
Priebe said she believes the team’s strongest asset is their defense.
“Those close games that we’ve had came down to getting defensive stops,” Priebe noted.
Priebe said she fully intends to make the playoffs and that the goal of making a post-season run is realistic, especially with players on this year’s squad that Priebe said have been playing with a high level of intensity.
“Caymee Bigham (No. 13) has really been a bright surprise,” Priebe said. “Natesa Conner (No. 10), Ariana Tunson (No. 31) and, of course, Diamond and Destinee (Pointer) have been consistent for us.”
Still, Priebe said the team isn’t over-looking any of their opponents.
“It’s just one game at a time,” Priebe said. “We’re going to give it our best effort.”
Waxahachie looks to go 2-0 in district play on Tuesday at 7 p.m. when they host on Ennis.