Rayna Ross outscored the entire Dallas Samuell basketball team Friday night to lift the Waxahachie Lady Indians to a 5A area championship win.

Ross poured in a game-high 24 points in the 68-23 win at Ellis Davis Field House. Waxahachie built a 36-10 lead by halftime and then outscored Samuell 17-0 in the third quarter.

Waxahachie head girls' basketball coach Lesli Priebe said she hopes the Lady Indians can build off of the momentum as they head into a round three matchup against Mansfield Summit. She added the Lady Indians are capable of playing at a high-level each night and wants to make sure "we execute the way that we are capable of for the next round of playoffs."

"I was really pleased with our performance," Priebe said. "I thought we had an outstanding third quarter. They didn't score one point during that quarter so, I was really proud of our defensive pressure and offensive execution."

Ten Lady Indians scored in the win.

Ross led with 24 points and added a team-high eight steals, while Mya Williams scored 10 points, dished out three assists and pulled down a team-high four rebounds. Kaleah Young and Cassidy Morgan also grabbed four boards, while adding six and four points, respectively.

Paris Gantt scored 10 points. Sarah Bush added four points and a team-high four assists, and Diamond Atchison chipped in three points. Makayla Davis and Alexcia McGruder added two points, each. Destinia Washington rounded out the scoring with one point.

The win moved Waxahachie to 25-11 on the season.


The Lady Indians will play (24-12) Mansfield Summit at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 in the 5A Region II quarterfinals at Grand Prairie High School.

Tuesday will mark the fourth meeting between the Lady Indians and Lady Jaguars this season. Summit has won the previous three instances by 17 combined points: 61-57, 51-49, 52-41.


Fred Phipps/Daily Light contributed to this report.