A 23-point third quarter propelled the Runnin' Indians to a much-needed district victory Friday night that keeps Waxahachie in the thick of the District 7-6A playoff race.

Waxahachie led by three at the half and then outscored visiting Grand Prairie 23-13 in the third quarter of the home win, 57-49.

The win moved Waxahachie to 2-3 in 7-6A and into a four-way tie for the final district playoff spot with Mansfield Summit, Grand Prairie and South Grand Prairie.

JT Warren led the way for the Runnin' Indians with 15 points. He also pulled down four rebounds, swiped two steals and recorded a team-high two blocks.

CJ Noland finished with a 13-point, 13-rebound double-double on 50 percent shooting from the floor (5-10). BJ Francis added 11 points and a team-high five assists, while KB Jackson accounted for 10 points.

Da'Maraie Watkins chipped in five points and four assists and Preston Hodge rounded out the scoring for the Runnin' Indians with three points.

As a team, the Runnin' Indians shot 38 percent from the floor (19-50) and converted on 8-of-14 attempts from the free-throw line.

The Warriors, who shot 40 percent from the field (17-42), were led by Donald Ghostone's 18 points and 14 more scored by Savion Redd.

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The Runnin' Indians return to action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on the road against Mansfield Summit. The Jaguars fell to 2-3 in 7-6A after a 66-46 loss against DeSoto.