WAXAHACHIE — Six days ago, the Lady Indians were on the heels of back-to-back-to-back losses and staring postseason elimination directly in the face.
What a difference a week makes.
Waxahachie struck a note of revenge and inserted themselves back into the District 10–5A playoff picture after beating Mansfield Lake Ridge High School 44-28 Friday night at George W. Solis Gymnasium.
"It was definitely One of the best defensive performances of the year," said Lesli Priebe, the head girls' basketball coach at Waxahachie High School. "We did a really good job talking on the court, fighting through screensand boxing out and controlling the offensive and defensive glass. It was a physical game but my girls gave it back to them."
The (15-10, 4-5) Lady Indians lost to Mansfield Lake Ridge 43-42 on Dec. 16 and lost the next two games to Mansfield Summit, he Texas Association of Basketball Coaches No. 3 girls' 5A basketball team, and Incarnate Word High Schools.
Fueled by junior forward Sha'Quoria Thompson's best performance of the season, the Lady Indians outmuscled Mansfield for position and out-hustled them for loose balls. Thompson, who logged her eighth double-double of the season, scored 18 points and pull down 18 of Waxahachie's 35 rebounds.
Sophomore Destiny Bobb missed tabbing a double-double for the second consecutive game, scoring six points and hauling in eight rebounds.
The Lady Eagles finished with 30 and lost the Battle of the offensive boards 17-9 — the first time in three contest Waxahachie was able to gain that advantage.
The Mean Green defense, too, was a major factor in the Lady Indians re-entry into the district's top four.
The keen anticipation of the nine varsity girls, as well as their frustrating full-court press, created 26 turnovers on nine steals. That total includes it a season-high six in the first quarter.
More importantly, they turned six of those deals into 12 fast-break points. Waxahachie, with the help of Rayna Ross (6 pts, 5 stls), Jordan McGee (6 pts, 4 asts), Diamond Atchison (5 pts, 2 ast), Paris Gantt (2 pts) and Cassidy Morgan (1 pt), outshot and outscored Mansfield Lake Ridge in three of the four quarters.
Only in the first, where the Lady Eagles shot 75 percent to the Lady Indians 58 percent, and in the second, where they outscored Waxahachie 4-2, did Mansfield Lake Ridge gain an advantage.
"Everyone knows how tough, physical and athletic this district is," Priebe says a lot. To come out and beat a team by almost twenty that we lost to by one a month ago says a lot about the girls' fight. I'm really proud of them. This game was huge, especially because Red Oak lost. The implications just got bigger and its good to know we're not a game behind and that we're tied."
Because Red Oak High School lost to Mansfield Legacy High School on Friday night, Waxahachie entered into a two-way tie with the Lady Hawks for fourth place in the district standings. They are also only two games behind the Lady Broncos, which hold third with a 6-3 district record.
Waxahachie's stoic sideline leader said the way her team builds momentum through the remainder of the season — particularly during the 6:30 p.m. matchup with Mansfield Summit on Tuesday at MSHS Gymnasium — could shape the district from position No. 1 to position No. 5.
"Keeping [Summit] off the offensive boards is going to be key," Priebe said. "Playing good defense like we did tonight and offensive execution is key, too. They're a very athletically gifted basketball team and state ranked."
A road win against the Lady Jaguars by unranked Waxahachie could also knock Mansfield Summit out of the TABC polls and mark another stop on the Lady Indians' second-half-of-district revenge tour.
The last time Waxahachie and Mansfield Summit's girls' teams met, the Lady Jaguars won 54-43 and Khadijah Kelly, Christina Baker and Amber Dixon scored 14, nine and seven points, respectively.
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