The Waxahachie Lady Indians overcame a six-point, third quarter deficit to beat the Red Oak Lady Hawks 62-58 on Friday night at George W. Solis Gymnasium, clinching its second district win in less than a week.
The win came three days after topping Ennis High School on the road and moved Waxahachie girls basketball, now 2-1 in district 14-5A standings, into a three-way tie with Mansfield Summit and Arlington Seguin high schools.
“We learn for the mistakes we’ve made,”said Diamond Atchison, the Lady Indians sophomore starting point guard, about the four-point district loss to Mansfield Legacy on Dec. 1. “We had a bad game (against Legacy). I believe we can beat any team as long as we set our minds to it.”
Atchison and the Lady Indians’ performance on Friday could speak volumes about their growth in a short amount of time. Against Legacy, they allowed the nation’s No. 6 best female prep guard, per ESPN rankings, to run roughshod and score 28 points in 32 minutes of play.
The Lady Indians held Lousiana Tech University verbal commit and Red Oak forward Madison Washington to 14 points – her lowest since scoring 11 points against Denton Ryan High School on Nov. 12 during the Frisco ISD Tip-off Classic.
Atchison, who drew the responsibility of guarding Washington the majority of the game, said her familiarity with her game helped her shut down Red Oak’s top scorer.
“I knew her weaknesses and how to get her frustrated,” Atchison said. “She’s an amazing player that scores about 20 a game and is a good shooter, so I knew I had to lock her up.”
Atchison’s defense played a crucial part in setting the tone for Waxahachie, especially during its fourth quarter rally. She collected five steals – three in the fourth quarter – and led a Lady Indians’ defense that forced more than 10 turnovers during the game.
Defense wasn’t the only thing that helped Waxahachie’s girls capture its second consecutive win, the sweet shooting of senior guard Destinee Pointer and junior forward Aarion Copeland helped chip away at the Lady Hawks lead during the third quarter and erase it during the fourth.
Copeland and Pointer finished the game with 14 and 13 points, respectively, hitting 10 of 19 shots for 52 percent shooting. Copeland was a force as a defensively as well, pulling down seven rebounds and blocking a shot.
Perhaps more importantly, Copeland and Pointer weren’t the offense, they were productive parts of it.
The Lady Indians hit 50 percent of its two-point field goals on a season-low 36 shots, proving that head coach Lesli Priebe’s lessons about shot selection didn’t fall on deaf ears.
“We just have to remember to keep up with our defense and work hard,” Copeland said about the strides they’ve made in the last week. “If we do what we know we can do, we’ll make it far in district.”