Calvin Ford

Calvin Ford led Alvarado with 13 points but the Indians suffered their first loss in District 10-4A play on Tuesday vs. Waxahachie Life.

ALVARADO — With an opportunity for Alvarado to firmly place itself in the driver’s seat for first place in District 10-4A, the Indians came up short in a 60-53 loss Tuesday night to Waxahachie Life.

It was Alvarado’s first loss in district play as the Indians (4-1) are now one of three teams with one loss in league play, along with Waxahachie Life (5-1) and Kennedale (4-1).

The Indians (23-3) and Mustangs (24-5) went back and forth all night. The largest lead for either team was seven points. Alvarado held a 36-29 lead midway through the third quarter and a pair of free throws in the final 45 seconds gave Waxahachie Life a seven-point lead with the final score of 60-53.

The turning point of the game came with the Indians holding a 45-44 lead with under 5 minutes to play. A lazy pass by Alvarado near half court was stolen by Waxahachie Life’s Nathan Moxam, who took it to the rack, scored and drew a foul for an old-fashioned 3-point play to give the Mustangs a 47-45 lead.

The play capped off an 8-0 run by Waxahachie Life as it turned a 45-39 deficit into a two-point lead.

Even though Alvarado reclaimed the lead at 49-47 after a steal and score by Cardea Collier with 3:27 to play, momentum was still on the Mustangs’ side. A 3 by 6-foot-5 sophomore Noah Davis gave Waxahachie Life a 50-47 lead — a lead the Mustangs wouldn’t relinquish.

Davis’ 3 was the start of a 13-4 Waxahachie Life run to close the game.

Moxam scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Mustangs while Davis finished with 17 points (on five 3’s) to go along with a couple of key rebounds and steals late.

Calvin Ford led Alvarado with 13 points while Collier had 12 points, four assists and three steals. Sha’Marin Lee added nine points, six assists and three steals despite playing through foul trouble most of the night while Kaden Ford had eight points, 12 rebounds and three assists.

Both teams shot the ball well: Alvarado at 47% and Waxahachie Life at 46%. The Mustangs had a decided edge at the charity stripe, where Waxahachie Life made 15-of-19 free throws while the Indians had only seven free-throw attempts and made only three.

The Indians will visit Ferris (15-11, 3-2) at 7 p.m. Friday while the Mustangs have a bye Friday before they host Ferris on Tuesday.

Lady Indians dominate Life

The Alvarado Lady Indians jumped out to a 21-3 lead in the first quarter and never looked back in a 59-12 win Tuesday at Waxahachie Life.

Alvarado improved to 18-9 overall and 5-2 in District 10-4A, sitting in third place one game behind Kennedale for second.

After a 21-3 lead in the first quarter, Alvarado pushed its lead to 31-4 at halftime.

Senior Reagan Elmore led three Lady Indians in double figures with 16 points while sophomore Joslyn Jarmon netted 12 and senior Jaiden Wright had 10.

The Lady Indians will host Ferris at 7 p.m. Friday.

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