ARLINGTON, Texas — The Waxahachie Lady Indians beat Arlington Seguin High School 36-23 on Tuesday at Arlington High School Gymnasium.
The win was the Lady Indians’ second straight since falling to Mansfield Timberview High School on Jan. 26 and the first two-game stretch where they owned three or more quarters since back-to-back wins against Ennis and Red Oak High Schools.
“It took us until the fourth quarter to seal the game,” said Lesli Priebe, the Lady Indians head basketball coach. “Turnovers are something we’ve talked about all season. We’re taking the season one game at a time, but those are things that can hurt you in the playoffs.”
The victory also secured their third place seating in the district 14-5A standings and ensured Arlington Seguin stayed outside of the playoff picture.
She credited her sophomore-freshman backcourt of Diamond Atchison and Jordan McGee for their defensive efforts against 14-point per game scorer Timia Jefferson, holding her to a modest two points.
Despite forcing the Lady Cougars into 17 turnovers during four quarters of basketball, Waxahachie scored only one basket in the first eight minutes, committed 12 turnovers, shot 14 percent lower than the Lady Cougars and saw Arlington Seguin’s Khilyn Cooper and Darnesha Ferguson help close the gap to single digits during both the second and third quarters.
The Lady Indians controlled the rebounding edge and were led by senior Simeon Harris’ eight offensive rebounds and freshman Jordan McGee’s seven defensive rebounds. The combination of Harris and McGee helped out-rebound the Lady Cougars 40-21, the largest rebounding margin since their matchup with Spruce High School on Dec. 28 during the Dallas Coca-Cola tournament.
“We’ve gotten a lot of contributions over the last couple of games from girls who usually don’t play a lot of minutes,” Priebe said. “We are going to need more of those contributions as we focus on Lake Ridge and getting the last district win before playoffs begin.”
The Lady Indians will have time to recoup and retool since they don’t play on Friday because of bye-game scheduling. They will face Mansfield Lake Ridge High School at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at George W. Solis Gymnasium.
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