Four Runnin' Indians reached double-figures in a 17-point win Friday night against visiting Red Oak.

Waxahachie ran out to a 31-14 halftime lead in the 60-43 District 10-5A victory that pushed the Runnin' Indians to the cusp of a playoff berth. With five games to play, the Runnin' Indians, who are now 9-0 in district play and 22-4 overall, need just one win to clinch a spot in the 5A basketball playoffs.

Waxahachie also retained its No. 1 ranking in the TABC 5A polls but dropped to No. 25 in the USA Today Super 25 national computer rankings.

On Friday, the Runnin' Indians shot 57-percent (19-33) from inside the arc as a team.

Both Larry Wise and Tre Gipson just missed double-doubles, as each recorded eight rebounds while adding 15 and 11 points, respectively.

JT Warren scored 13 points and pulled down six rebounds. Demani Richardson matched Warren's rebounding total and added 11 points. Mekai Pope knocked down a team-high two three-pointers for his eight points, and Steron Sturges scored two points.

Gipson led the team with five assists and Wise tallied three dimes.

Waxahachie defenders limited Marcus Sasser, who is the leading-season scorer for the Hawks, to just 12 points on 25-percent shooting (3-12).

Joshua Miller led Red Oak with 14 points, while Keymond Taylor had nine, Mark Freeney-Rodgers had five and Howard Turner scored three.


The Runnin' Indians travel north on US Highway 287 to face No. 13 Midlothian on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at Panther Arena.

The Panthers are 19-9 overall and 5-4 in District 10-5A.

Tipoff is at 8 p.m.