Three players in double-figures propelled the Waxahachie Lady Indians to win No. 11 in a rivalry game Tuesday night at home against Ennis.
The Lady Indians quickly built a 21-point lead in the first quarter, only to see that advantage — and offensive production — stall in the second and third frames.
Waxahachie scored just 15 points in the quarters before and after halftime.
"It seemed like we got stagnant," Waxahachie head coach Lesli Priebe said of the mid-game lull. "It seemed like we just weren't playing as hard as they were or that we wanted it as much as they did. That was what the coaching staff saw."
The offensive mojo began to return late in the third quarter, though, as Rayna Ross converted a pair of free throws with 3:20 to play in the third to put the Lady Indians up five, 39-34.
Ross then drove to the basket for two more of her game-high 17 points to extend the lead a few possessions later and Halle Becerra followed suit with a layup along the right baseline.
The basket by Becerra came with under 40 seconds to play in the third quarter and put the Lady Indians ahead, 43-36.
The quick scoring run was sparked by the Lady Indians high-energy pressure on the defensive that led to a much-improved execution in transition compared to last season, Priebe explained.
"I feel like we are able to get more points in transition [than last season]," she added. "That is a pleasant surprise."
Mya Williams opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer from the right wing for the Lady Indians. She finished the game with 15 points and four rebounds.
Paris Gantt (13 points) then drilled a trey of her own on the ensuing Waxahachie trip down the court to put the Lady Indians back up double-digits, 49-39.
Ross later put the game on ice with back-to-back buckets with under two minutes to play to put Waxahachie up, for good, 57-44.
Waxahachie eventually improved to 11-3 with the 60-46 victory, while Ennis dropped to 4-8 on the season.
In addition to Ross, Williams and Gantt, Cassidy Morgan added seven points, Ja'Kyah Head finished with three, Becerra and Alexica McGruder both had two, and Jordan McGee scored one.
McGee led the Lady Indians with 10 rebounds, while Ross pulled down eight and Morgan had seven. Morgan and Ross also led the Lady Indians with five assists, each.
Ennis was led by Tyquanna Ross with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Paige Lemonia and Leah Harris both added seven.
The Lady Lions shot 18 percent from three and 31 percent from the field, while Waxahachie shot 47 percent from three-point land (7-15) and 36 percent from the field.
The improvement from behind the arc is something Priebe is excited to see.
"The three-pointers help with our penetrations and to get Cassidy driving, Rayna driving, it definitely helps your whole offensive game," Priebe added. "[...] We are capable of playing extremely well."
The Lady Indians return to action Friday night at 6:30 p.m. on the road against Red Oak.