Double the fun: No. 1 Indians get 2 playoff W’s

WHS rolls into region quarters with signature efforts; No. 9 Ellison next

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Waxahachie's Montez Young Jr. (24) slams home a dunk with authority during a December game against Lancaster at Mike Turner Gymnasium. The Class 6A No. 1-ranked Runnin' Indians will face No. 9 Killeen Ellison in the Class 6A Region II quarterfinals early next week.

FORNEY — That’s two town, five to go for the Waxahachie Runnin’ Indians in their mission to win a Class 6A state championship.

Once the No. 1-ranked Indians were finally able to play following recent bouts with both COVID-19 and Cold-vid 21, it didn’t take long for them to advance to the region quarterfinals for the second year in a row.

In a span of about 48 hours, the Runnin’ Indians (18-2) put forth two signature efforts in the 6A Region II boys’ playoff bracket. On Tuesday night at Lorena High School, the well-rested Indians trounced Belton, 99-62; then on Thursday night, the scene shifted to Forney High School, where the Tribe knocked off Rockwall, 74-62.

The Indians will face No. 9 Killeen Ellison (27-1) on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Robinson High School in the Region II quarterfinals. Ellison routed Garland Naaman Forest, 78-48, on Thursday and also beat Cedar Hill, 79-57, on Tuesday night. The Eagles were the only 12-6A team to beat an 11-6A team in the bi-district round.

The WHS athleic department announced that tickets for Saturday's game are extremely limited. Vouchers for tickets will be available via a drive-thru in the home parking lot of Lumpkins Stadium starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.

WHS played both games without three-star Colorado State signee Jalen Lake, who WHS head coach Greg Gober said is injured and out indefinitely. Lake also missed a number of games in the early part of the season.

On Thursday against Rockwall, senior Montez Young led the way with 19 points and four-star Oklahoma signee CJ Noland added 15 points. Prince Banks finished with 14, DJ Pigford with 13, V’zarion Roberson eight, Preston Hodge four and Jordan Davis one.

Rockwall (18-10) came out to play and kept it an 18-14 WHS lead after one. But the Runnin’ Indians went on a 15-8 run in the second quarter and opened up an 11-point edge at the break.

Jamal Wiley netted 19 to pace the team from the east side of Lake Ray Hubbard.

In Tuesday’s win against Belton, the Runnin’ Indians made 15 3-point baskets and got a total of 12 players into the scorebook. Banks led WHS with 21 points, while Noland scored 18, Young finished with 14 points, and Roberson made four 3-pointers for all 12 of his points.

Other scorers were Davis with nine, Matthew Green with six, Pigford with five, Jacob Watson and DarKaun King with four each, and Hodge, Kambren Drummer and Christian O’Donnell with two points each.

The Indians made five 3-pointers in both the second and fourth quarters as they outscored Belton in all four quarters. WHS led 19-13 at the end of the first period, but the offense got going in the second quarter and the Indians outscored the Tigers 28-18 to take a 16-point halftime lead. From there, the outcome was never in doubt.