Although the game was close throughout, the Lady Indians came up short against Timberview, the State’s #1 ranked 5(A) team. For the second time in district play, Timberview held on to beat the Lady Indians of Waxahachie. Just as in the first game, the Lady Indians would not make it easy for the top team in the state. After Waxahachie took an early lead, Timberview fought their way back into the game. By the close of the first period, Timberview held a slight lead, 19 to 15. During the second quarter, Waxahachie would come back to tie the game. At the half, the score was knotted up 26 to 26. With adjustments made, both teams stepped on the court to start the second half. The third quarter would prove to be the difference in winning or loosing the game. While both teams tightened their defenses, Timberview came out on top holding the Lady Indians to only 6 points for the quarter. Down by 7 entering the final period, Waxahachie knew they were facing an uphill battle against the nation’s #4 team. This did not phrase the Lady Indians. During the fourth quarter, Sarah Bush erupted for 14 of her game high 24 points. Ms. Bush’s offensive showcase, coupled with scoring from teammates Mya Williams, Rayna Ross, and Diamond Atchison, allowed the Lady Indians to match Timberview’s points production of 20 for the fourth quarter. In the end, Waxahachie’s offensive struggles in the third quarter were the difference in the game. Even in the loss, the Lady Indians proved they are ready to move into the state playoffs with confidence. In both games against #1 Timberview, it has gone down to the wire. When asked about the two match ups with Timberview, Lady Indians Head Coach Lesli Priebe said, “these young ladies have proven they can play with the best. In both games with Timberview, we kept it close and had even led at times. It is games like these that give you confidence in having a successful run in the playoffs. I am proud of these ladies and we are looking forward to the first round of the state playoffs next week”.
Scoring for Waxahachie were: Sarah Bush 24, Cassidy Morgan 8, Mya Williams 8, Rayna Ross 6, Jordan McGee 3, and Diamond Atchison 3.
Waxahachie will face Burleson Centennial in the first round of the playoffs on Monday, February 12th. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 pm tip-off at Lakeridge High School in Mansfield, TX.