Homecoming celebrations kicked off with a bang Thursday at the Lakeview Camp and Conference center as the Waxahachie Preparatory Academy Lady Warriors dominated the Brownwood Victory Life Lady Warriors 36-14 in a TAPPS District 2-A game.

“It was a good game. We played hard. We could have played harder, but we still did good,” senior point guard Mary Jo Galbraith said. “We definitely felt a little extra pressure to come out and win on homecoming.”

Galbraith opened the homecoming celebration by flawlessly singing the national anthem before leading the Lady Warriors on the court with 10 points.

Waxahachie improved to 5-3 in district with the win and are one step closer to performing at the level coach Melissa Allen expects for the playoffs.

“I thought it was a good first game after the long break because of the weather,” Allen said. “I think they gave a real even, balanced effort. The entire team got to play and we got some experience for the playoffs.”

Tied at five late in the first, Galbraith gave Waxahachie a 7-5 lead with free throws before the offense took off in the second period.

Waxahachie outscored Brownwood 14-4 in the second using 6-0 runs to start and end the period to take a 21-9 lead into the half.

In the second half the Waxahachie Prep defense continued to work and limited Brownwood to three points in the third and two points in the fourth.

“I think our girls are very scrappy. We have worked on playing aggressive defense, pressuring the ball and anticipating where it is going and cause turnovers. I think our defense was the best part of the game and we are working on controlling our offense,” Allen said.

Waxahachie forced 47 turnovers in the game while outscoring Brownwood 11-3 in the third and 4-2 in the fourth.

Carissa Moore scored nine points all in the first half for Waxahachie while Daniela Daugherty scored six and Jordan Oyervides had four. To round out the WPA scoring, Mollie Moffett had three points while Lauren Louvier and senior Emily Allen had two each.

Waxahachie had 31 rebounds and was led on the boards by Daugherty and Moore.

Tied for second place with Waco Parview Christian, the Lady Warriors trail only Granbury Christian in the district standings. The playoffs will begin this week as the Lady Warriors are tentatively scheduled to play on Tuesday. The site and opponent will be determined as all the districts complete play.

After the game Galbraith, Allen and four other WPA seniors were honored as part of the homecoming ceremony.

In the varsity boys game the WPA Warriors lost a hard fought game 53-43 to Brownwood Victory Life.

Jonathan Hurt scored a team high 14 points for WPA while Tyler Gurley added 13 points as he shot 5-of-6 from the free throw line.

Jacob Allen posted a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

All of the WPA Warriors are underclassmen.