During non-district play, the Indians lost two games to teams they would eventually see again during district.
They avenged one of those losses two weeks ago, but there attempt to return the favor to Ennis fell just short Friday as the Lions earned a 60-54 win, pushing Waxahachie to their fourth straight loss.
“We’ve been so close and three of those games I thought we had an opportunity to win,” head coach Lonnie Gaylor said. “We play three good quarters, but there’s always one that gets us. We need to play four solid quarters offensively and defensively, and maybe that can change our momentum and build some confidence.”
Waxahachie had another chance to pull out a win Friday, but being outscored 20-3 in the third quarter put the Indians in a hole that was hard out pull out of.
Heading into the third, the Indians held a 32-28 lead.
“We played well in the first half with good defense and we shot the ball well,” Gaylor said. “Then we came out and had a terrible third quarter and scored only three points — all of which were on free throws.”
Waxahachie regained its composure in the fourth quarter and had a chance to pull within three points, but a missed shot and a basket by Ennis on the other end put an end to the rally.
“We definitely had our chances,” Gaylor said. “The kids played hard the whole game, we just could not get over the hump.”
Gary Mason led the Indians with 22 points and was 11 of 12 from the free-throw line.
Ennis 60, Waxahachie 54
Waxahachie 19 13 3 19 - 54
Ennis 20 8 20 12 - 60
Waxahachie (10-14, 2-4) - Gary Mason 22, Jamison Sterns 8, TaFarin Johnson 7, Roderick Jefferson 4, Riley Battle 4, Robert Justice 4, James Sterns 4, Kenvodrick Jay 1.
Ennis (16-9, 4-2) - Barry Hughes 15, Shawn Elliot 15, Blake Hart 13, Randall Tarrant 8, Reggie Curry 6, Jaron Joseph 2, Deaniel Ewards 1.