To close for comfort was the feeling after Tuesday night’s game against the neighboring Lady Lions of Ennis High School. Always slated as rivalry game, fans from their respective schools would not be disappointed. From the opening possession, both teams lit up the scoreboard with shooting displays that would draw the interest of any college coach looking to improve their program. When time had expired at the end first quarter, the Lady Indians had managed to put up an impressive 20 points through a balanced scoring attack led by Cassidy Morgan and freshman Mya Williams. Diamond Atchison, Sarah Bush, Rayna Ross, and Jordan McGee also contributed to the early scoring. Not to be out done, the Lady Lions of Ennis shredded the nets for 21 points and held the first quarter lead 21 to 20. Starting the second quarter, both defenses caught up with the speed of the game, giving the nets time to cool off. Even with the focus shifting to defense, Waxahachie managed to add 15 points in the second, allowing the Lady Indians to take a 4 point lead, 35 to 31, as they left the court at the half. If the fans were expecting any drop-off in the action after intermission, they were mistaken. By the end of the 3rd quarter Ennis had closed Waxahachie’s lead to a single point, 51 to 50. With only 8 minutes remaining between who wins and who loses, the stakes were high. As the teams walked onto the court to open the fourth quarter, no one in attendance could imagine how entertaining the action would be. With so much on the line, both teams played with tenacious abandon and the shooting clinic continued. The teams went back and forth throughout the final period with numerous lead changes before the Lady Lions of Ennis were able to open a 5 point lead over Waxahachie with 1:45 remaining in regulation. Recognizing the shift in momentum, Lady Indian’s Head Coach Leslie Priebe called a timeout to refocus her players and jump into a full court press. What happened next can only be described as amazing. Waxahachie’s Cassidy Morgan stepped in front of Ennis’ inbounds pass for the steal and easy layup to cut Ennis’ the lead to 3. On the Lady Lions ensuing inbounds attempt, Cassidy Morgan once again stole the pass and finished at the rim to pull the Lady Indians within 1 of Ennis, sending the Waxahachie fans into a frenzy. Diamond Atchison followed up with the go ahead basket dropping her fourth 3 of the game on the Lady Lions. Relinquishing the lead with only seconds remaining, Ennis resorted to fouling in an attempt to stop the clock and regain possession of the ball. After being fouled, Sarah Bush stepped to the line and secured the win by knocking down 2 free throws. Her final two free throws capped off a 15 point game for Ms. Bush.
If you missed it, tonight was an offensive showcase for the Lady Indians. Diamond Atchison lit it up from behind the arch with four 3’s and finishing the game with 16 points. Cassidy Morgan provided balanced scoring throughout the game, but, was an unstoppable force in the final quarter, scoring 8 of the team’s 16 final quarter points. Ms. Morgan also finished with 16 points on the night. Sarah Bush, making the final two free throws of the game and securing the win for Waxahachie, was extremely efficient on the offensive end of the court scoring 15 points. Mya Williams rounded out the double digit scorers with 10 points. Other Lady Indians contributing to the scoreboard were Rayna Ross 7, and Jordan McGee 3.
Waxahachie opens district play on Tuesday, December 12th, at Lancaster.