The varsity Runnin’ and Lady Indians will open district play after a long Christmas break and a pair of fruitful showings during the 76th annual Dallas ISD Coca-Cola Classic when they face Arlington Seguin High School this weekend.

The boys varsity team enters the game with some established momentum, knocking off Sachse High School’s Mustangs 69-51 and saw sophomore Montrae Gipson and junior Jalen Regor lead the offensive charge.

“We did well, but we’ve got to do a better job in transition defense,” said Damien Mobley, the Runnin’ Indians head basketball coach. “We get into trouble when our opponent gets a rebound and scores a basket with all five of our people either standing on our end or under our basket.”

The Runnin’ Indians will have to avoid underestimating talent — as they did during Sachse in a slim nine-point win earlier during the season —when they face the Cougars at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at George W. Solis Gymnasium.

Arlington Seguin is currently 8-7 overall and 1-2 in district and are ranked as the 19th best team per Texas Association of Basketball’s standings.

Waxahachie’s girls are coming off a 2-1 record during the Dallas tournament, ending their tournament run with a tough loss against Lincoln High School.

Despite opening their district schedule 1-3, Arlington Seguin has lost to Mansfield Timberview and Summit and Lancaster high schools, three of the district’s steeliest teams.

“They’re fast and quick,” Lady Indians head coach Lesli Priebe said after the loss to Lincoln. “When I watched them play, I saw pure athleticism. “We’ve got to get our conditioning back. We definitely still have some of the Christmas funk left over.”

Priebe said it was a blessing in disguise because they had three days of full practices before Saturday’s showdown, chances to shake off the rust before making a playoff push during the season’s second half.

With a win against the Lady Cougars at noon on Saturday at George W. Solis Gymnasium, the Lady Indians would move to 4-3 in 14-5A standings and become the fourth best team in district standings.