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Jefferson’s double-double propels Waxahachie to 6th consecutive 11-6A win

By Travis M. Smith | KBEC Sports

Three Waxahachie Runnin’ Indians outscored the entire Cedar Hill squad on Tuesday for the Tribe’s sixth consecutive district victory.

Led by freshman Paker Jefferson’s huge double-double, the Runnin’ Indians ran away from the visiting Longhorns in the second half for a 60-42 victory. The win improved Waxahachie to 17-10 overall and 6-4 in District 11-6A, which moved the team in second place as they enter the final two-week stretch.

Waxahachie has now held its last seven opponents under 50 points. That defensive effort and intensity has propelled the Runnin’ Indians from a winless 11-6A cellar-dweller to one of the hottest teams in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. 

Jefferson, a 6-foot-9 forward, led all scorers with 19 points. The freshman added a game-high 16 rebounds and 7 blocks. 

Joseph Lankford added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, while V’Zarion Roberson finished with 15 points.

The trio of Jefferson, Lankford and Roberson outscored Cedar Hill 48-42. 

Kambren Drummer (6 points, 4 rebounds), Jordan Davis (4 points) and Andreas Lane (2 points) also scored for the Runnin’ Indians on Tuesday inside Michael Key Turner Gymnasium.

The game against (17-12, 5-5) Cedar Hill was close for the first three quarters, never expanding beyond an 8-point Waxahachie lead.

The Runnin’ Indians led 14-10 at the end of the first quarter and 28-22 at the half. 

Waxahachie eventually reclaimed its 6-point halftime lead by the final minute of the third quarter, this time at 39-33.

Jefferson pulled down the first errant Cedar Hill shot of the fourth quarter to officially record his double-double. He had 14 points and 10 boards at the time. 

The 6-point Waxahachie lead grew to 11 points following a Jefferson three, 46-35, with just under five minutes to play. 

Lankford later turned a Roberson pass in the lane into his sixth and seventh points of the fourth quarter and a 49-35 Waxahachie lead. Roberson followed with an easy layup for a 16-point Runnin’ Indian advantage with 2:48 to play. 

The quick 4-0 Waxahachie run forced a Cedar Hill timeout with the Longhorns down big, 51-35. Waxahachie had outscored Cedar Hill 12-2 to that point of the quarter. The Runnin’ Indians eventually outpaced the Longhorns 21-9 over the final 8 minutes of their 60-42 district win. 


With four games remaining, the Runnin’ Indians will still need at least two wins to secure an 11-6A playoff berth. That magic number could change with others losing, however. 

Waxahachie is slated to return to action against No. 2 (25-1, 10-0) Duncanville at home Friday. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m., though the game could be rescheduled due to arctic weather and unsafe travel conditions. 

The Panthers won the first meeting, 77-52, on Jan. 11. 

The Runnin’ Indians will then begin to close out the regular season next week with a Tuesday road game against Mansfield followed by a Friday home tilt against Waco. Their final 11-6A game will be against DeSoto at home on Tuesday, Feb. 15. 


Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith



About Travis M. Smith

Travis M. Smith serves as the digital sports director for KBEC Sports. He is the former managing editor of the Waxahachie Daily Light, Midlothian Mirror and Glen Rose Reporter.

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