Not too often will a head coach be a little displeased with a 29-point victory on the basketball court. Then again, not too many high school programs have the expectations of excellence that the Waxahachie Runnin' Indians do.

Waxahachie improved to 3-0 on the season Monday evening with a 67-38 home victory against West Mesquite.

“I think we played incredibly sloppy but we are trying really hard and are trying to come together," Waxahachie head basketball coach Greg Gober said. "[...] We are just trying to get our players to understand how hard they have to play if they want to play. And then when we do play harder, we have to play smarter and just clean up some of the silly stuff that goes on.”

CJ Noland led (3-0) Waxahachie with 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field in 17 minutes. He added three steals and three rebounds. Darrius Miles, a 6-foot-10 junior transfer, scored 12 points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds in his season debut, while BJ Francis scored nine points and Kabreyon Jackson eight.

JT Warren (5), Preston Hodges (5), AB Shorter (4), Da'mariae Watkins (2), Kabreyon Jackson (2) and Christian O'Donell (2) also scored for Waxahachie.

The high-energy Waxahachie defense forced 22 West Mesquite turnovers and limited the Wranglers to 15-of-46 shooting from the field.


No. 10 Waxahachie returns to action Monday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. on the road against Ennis.


Fred Phipps/Daily Light contributed to this report.