Indians look to make run at playoffs
WAXAHACHIE - The Waxahachie Running Indians came out of the Christmas break motivated to attack the meat of their district schedule to make a push at their playoff goal.
They started out the second half of the season with a decisive 65-35 win over Joshua, and then split a pair of district games narrowly losing a game to rival Ennis.
"We got all we could hope for in the Ennis game to be in position to win, we just have to finish" said Head Coach Steven Weeks .
While squeaking out a win in a hard fought 41-38 victory over Mesquite Poteet.
"We were having a hard time scoring, but we managed to find away to win" said Weeks.
With a district record of 4-3 the Indians sit only a game back from second place in the standings.
"Were in a pretty good spot, now every game becomes the most important" said Weeks.
The Indians have a few things they need to work on fundamentally to make their desired run, perhaps most notably the problem of turnovers.
"We need to do a better job of handling pressure , have done a poor job of handling pressure on the ball, we just need to work on handling the ball" said Weeks.
In order to solve this issue the Indians will turn to senior point guard Chris Henderson to set the example.
"He has to be in charge and run the show, he is strong and physical and good with the ball, and a real leader on the floor," said Weeks.
The Indians also need to work on empathizing one of their strengths, running with the ball in transition.
This will take advantage of their athleticism, while helping to counteract their lack of size.
Waxahachie hopes to use its skill in transition to navigate a tougher district schedule, after this year’s realignment.
However, if the Indians can work through the schedule, the tests they have faced will help come playoff time.
"West Mesquite, Ennis and Lancaster are all pretty good, if you can push on though to the playoffs you definitely have an advantage" said Weeks.
The Indians have nine games remaining on their schedule and realistically need to finish with a 10-6 record in district to make the playoffs.
"We have to beat the three or four teams we should beat, and squeak out a few wins from the teams who are playing well" said Weeks.
The Indians will start their push towards that 10-6 record on Friday, against a talented Terrell team.