BJ Francis went unconscious from three-point land to help lead the Runnin' Indians to a district victory on the road Friday against Cedar Hill.

Francis connected on 5-of-his-7 shots from behind the arc for a game-high 22 points in the District 7-6A win, 66-37.

More importantly, the victory moves Waxahachie to 4-5 in the district standings, helping the Runnin' Indians keep pace in the playoff race.

Neither Waxahachie nor Cedar Hill played well offensively in the first quarter, as the two combined for just 17 points. The Runnin' Indians then exploded for 19 points in the second quarter for a 27-13 halftime advantage.

Waxahachie added 16 points in the third quarter and 23 more in the fourth for the runaway win.

The nearly 30-point win was much more decisive than the first meeting between the two on Dec. 22. Waxahachie needed to outscore the Longhorns 30-20 in the second half for that come-from-behind win, 50-43.

Sophomore guard CJ Noland added 16 points, four rebounds and six steals in support of Francis and the Runnin' Indians on Friday night at the David Milson Gymnasium on the campus of Cedar Hill High School.

JT Warren finished the win with 11 points, while AB Shorter chipped in five points, a team-high six assists and four boards. CJ McGruder and Preston Hodge both scored four points. Adrian Overton and KB Jackson rounded out the Waxahachie scoring with two points, each.

The Runnin' Indians shot 41 percent from the field and drained 10-of-26 shots (38 percent) from behind the arc. They also committed just 10 turnovers as a team, while forcing the Longhorns to turn the basketball over 28 times.

RACE TO FOUR

District-leading No. 12 DeSoto picked up an overtime win over Mansfield Lake Ridge, 83-75, to remain undefeated through nine league games.

With the loss, Lake Ridge fell into a tie with Mansfield Summit for second place in 7-6A. The two are one game up on Waxahachie, Mansfield and South Grand Prairie, who all end the week at 4-5 in league play.

Grand Prairie ends the week at 3-6, while Cedar Hill is now 2-7.

UP NEXT

Waxahachie returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at home against Mansfield Lake Ridge.

The game was initially scheduled to be played in Mansfield but was flipped with the Jan. 5 contest due to a resurfacing of the floor at Mike Turner Gymnasium in Waxahachie.

The Eagles won that contest with a last-second shot in regulation, 65-63.