Special to the Daily Light
The 8th grade Lady Warriors hosted Lancaster Wednesday in basketball action.
In the White team’s game, both teams were neck and neck after the first quarter as the score was tied 10-10.
The Lady Warriors were able to build a lead in the second quarter with pressure defense as Waxahachie was up 16-10 at half.
Lancaster came back in the second half making it a tied ball game with only seconds remaining.
Caroline Clifton was fouled as she attempted a shot from the outside sending her to the free-throw line where she made one of two giving Waxahachie the one point advantage.
The Lady Warrior defense was able to hold off the last second attempts by Lancaster to take the win 22-21.
Paige Davila led all scorers with 6 followed by Caroline Clifton 5, Chelsey Butterfield 4, Paige Hill, Chan Sargent, and Morgan Calvert each added 2, and Tori Kvapil rounded out the scoring with 1.
“I was very proud of the White team,” coach Dawn Hilburn said. “Lancaster was very fast and physical but we did a great job on defense as well as running our offense.”
The Green team had a tough night against Lancaster. The game started off great as both teams scored nine points in the opening quarter to make in a tied ball game.
In the second quarter Lancaster dominated as they outscored the Lady Warriors by 17.
The deficit was just too much for Waxahachie to overcome as they fell short losing their first district game of the season.
T’Arica Henderson led all scorers with 7, followed by Chanel Miller 6, Brittanya Sterns 5, Lauren Raye 4, and Gabby Broussard and Caitlin Pierce each added 2.
“As a whole the Green team had their worst game of the season,” Hilburn said. “We weren’t able to get anything rolling on either side of the court. This team is tough and we will bounce back for next weeks match-up versus Ennis.”
Last week the 7th grade Lady Warriors hosted Lancaster for the first time in District play.
The first match between the two teams was canceled due to the icy weather.
In order for the Lady Warriors to be runner-up in the final district standings, they had to beat Lancaster.
Not knowing what Lancaster looked like, the Ladies had to be ready to play hard and fast.
The White team stepped up first facing a very aggressive Lancaster team.
With Lancaster grabbing a 15-6 halftime lead, the Ladies had to start hitting their shots and playing aggressive defense.
In the 3rd, Waxahachie held Lancaster scoreless.
By the 4th, it was a point-for point-game. Tied at 19 with a minute to play, the Ladies tried for a couple of shots, but fell short when Lancaster took the lead to win 22-19.
Scoring for the White team were Joy Reyes (6), Rian Smith (5), Sophie Stevens (4), and Rachel Moore and Cara Partington (2).
The Green team really stepped up to their challenge.
With Kate Praslicka scoring nine of the 11 points in the first quarter, the Ladies were off to a good start offensively. However defensively, Lancaster’s point guard took off in the third, driving and scoring six points.
Jerrica Brooks took her on face to face and shut her down to only scoring two points in the fourth enabling Waxahachie to regain the lead and win 36- 30.
Scoring for the Green team were Kate Praslicka (16), Jerrica Brooks and KraNeshia Overton (8), and Taylor Hill (4).
The Lady Warriors will play their final home game of the season Thursday, Feb. 1 beginning at 5 p.m. at the JW Williams gym.