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WAXAHACHIE - The Waxahachie Lady Indian basketball team went into the Christmas break with a record of 7-11, (2-4 in district).

The team now sets out on the other side of the holiday break to improve this mark, so they can make a realistic run at the playoffs.

The girls started out strongly in their first game after the break on Tuesday, Jan. 4, defeating their 287 rivals the Ennis Lions 42-39.

The team hopes to use the momentum from this win to spearhead their playoff push.

However the team still has a lot of work to do to continue ascending in the district standings.

"We really need to focus on cutting down on turnovers, its one thing the whole team knows about," said Coach Lesli Priebe.

The Indians also need to continue to feed the ball into the post as it is one of the team’s strengths.

This will also create open shots for the guards, because teams have to pay more attention to the players in the paint.

The Lady Indians will also have to contend with a tougher district schedule after this year’s realignment.

Additions of strong teams such as Lancaster, Forney and Mesquite Poteet; alongside carry over’s Corsicana, Ennis and Red Oak, make going through district 15-4A schedule a rigorous challenge. Although going through a tough schedule can help out in the long run.

"It makes the team better because if you can get into the playoffs you’ll perform really well," said Priebe.

"Just like last year when we finished fourth and district but beat a district winner in the first round and made a run."

To navigate this rough schedule for the remainder of the season the team will look towards its leaders.

Seniors Chanel Miller, Brittanya Strens, Ta’Kandrian Williams and Junior Taylor Hill will help lead by example on the court; showing the team what it takes to win, as they have all done in previous iterations of the Indians.

However, the real key for the rest of the season for the Indians comes down to one thing.

"We just have to win ball games, cut down on our mistakes and just perform," said Priebe.

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