The Waxahachie Lady Indians got back on the winning side of the district schedule with a come-from-behind victory on the road Tuesday against Red Oak.
The Lady Hawks jumped out to a 17-8 lead in the first quarter, but Waxahachie turned up the heat on its full-court press and outscored Red Oak 28-9 in the second quarter. The Lady Indians went on to win 64-41.
The win moved Waxahachie to 13-8 on the season and 2-1 in District 10-5A. Red Oak fell to 5-9 on the year and 0-3 in district action.
Waxahachie head girls’ basketball coach Lesli Priebe was impressed with her team’s mental toughness during their second-quarter comeback.
“I’m pretty well pleased with our performance tonight. Now we have to get ready for Midlothian on Friday,” Priebe said. “I’m telling you. We were down 17-8 going into the second quarter. I thought that we were just not playing. We were just out there.”
“I’d definitely say the second quarter comeback. For the three quarters, I think we played really well. They are big girls and we do not have any size. Five-[foot]-eight is the biggest we have. That six-two kid; we were able to get her inside and fouled out which that was our plan.”
Priebe also applauded the Lady Indians halftime adjustments and noted their success in running the press. She said, “We wanted to pressure them defensively and not give them any open looks and try to trap them and make the turn the ball over.”
Sarah Bush continued her torrid offensive showcase with a game-high 22 points, while Rayna Ross scored 18. The two combined to shoot 16-of-20 at the free throw line.
Diamond Atchison and C Morgan each scored seven points, Mya Williams added five, and Jordan McGee and M Davis both chipped in two points for the Lady Indians.
Brooklyn Evans had a team-high 18 points for Red Oak, and Aniyah Johnson added 12. Both Lauren Lafitte and Ariel Warren scored five points, and Danielle Sauls finished with one point.
“I think we got off to a to a good start. We kind of surprised them and we were pressing them,” Red Oak head girls’ basketball coach Darren Eubanks said. “They played harder, and that’s what we intended on. I think Waxahachie played fast. We were outmatched tonight. They played faster and stronger, so we have to get faster and stronger. Waxahachie is very tough. They are a part of a very tough and competitive district.”
THE WEEKEND THAT WAS
Waxahachie had its best showing in the Sandra Meadows Classic since 2005, falling one win short of a consolation championship title in the 67th year of the tournament.
Priebe said she was “very impressed” with the Lady Indians’ performance.
“Five games in three days is a very tough schedule especially with the level of competition we were playing. But I felt that got us ready for district,” Priebe said. “Sara Bush got all-tournament. And that is the best tournament in the nation, not just the state. They have 33 teams, and 16 were outside of the Metroplex or out of the state. And there were six state champions that were playing in this tournament from last year. I was really pleased with the girls.”
Waxahachie plays host to Midlothian on Friday, January 5 at George W. Solis Gymnasium. Red Oak hosts Mansfield Summit. Both games are scheduled for tipoff at 6:30 p.m.
Additional reporting by Mike Sackett/Daily Light.