MANSFIELD — The Lady Wolves, the No. 2 team in Texas and No. 6 team in the nation, beat Waxahachie High school on Friday night at MTHS Gymnasium pouring in more than 60 points during the victory.
Despite the appearance of the 32-point 63-31 loss, the 12-point halftime deficit was manageable, said Lesli Priebe, the head girls' basketball coach at Waxahachie
Behind 10 third-quarter points by ESPN No. 6 prospect and Texas A&M University Mansfield commit Chennedy Carter, Mansfield Timberview outscored the Lady Indians 24-10 after intermission. Priebe said that eight-minute span affected the game more than any other.
"I believe that it got out of reach in the third quarter and it hurt not to have one of our best defenders out there," she said. "Destini Washington brings a defensive toughness that we missed tonight."
Without Washington to make life difficult for the 5-foot-7 guard and other defenders rotating between Carter and center Taylah Thomas, the Mansfield Timberview duo went off for 21 and 16 points apiece. With Treylynn Tyler, they combined for 22 of the 24 points scored in the third quarter.
N'Denasiija Collins (6 pts), Jary Ward (6 pts) and Hailee Walls (3 pts) rounded out the scoring for Mansfield Timberview High School.
Though usually automatic scorers like Diamond Atchison and Jordan McGee struggled from the field, they helped limit Mansfield Timberview after its 14-4 first quarter run. The Lady Indian defense was able to hold Carter, Thomas, Tyler and the Lady Wolves to 12 points — their lowest scoring quarter — before halftime.
The brunt of Waxahachie's scoring came from the touch of Shaquoria Thompson, who recorded her seventh double-double of the season, and Destiny Bobb, who nearly recorded her second in the last two games.
Priebe also credited Kaleah Young, who added a reserve spark off the bench in the third quarter.
"I thought that Destiny Bobb and Shaquoria Thompson played well outside of the fact we almost had two players with double-doubles," Priebe said. "Kaleah, too, did a good job when she came in the game and gave us a boost when we needed it."
Bobb lead all Lady Indians 14 points and eight rebounds on 7-for-10 shooting from the field and Thompson scored 10 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Young added two points and McGee handed out four assists.
The Lady Indians will face Lancaster High School at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Beverly D. Humphrey Sports Complex. The (6-9, 1-5) Lady Tigers lost their last four games as well as their district opener.
Waxahachie won 54-40 behind 10 points from Thompson and a season-high 46 rebounds from Thompson (14), Bobb (10) and McGee (10).
"We could have executed our offense better, but we did a good job breaking their press (defense) in the second half," Priebe said. "Time will tell how our season ends and we're focusing on the next game. We're taking it one game at a time."
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