NEW WAVERLY — Four Lady Bulldogs reached double figures in scoring as New Waverly claimed a piece of the District 26-2A basketball crown Tuesday night with a 76-60 win over Lexington in the regular-season finale at Bulldog Gym.

Didra Jones led the way with a team-high 19 points, 10 of which came in the opening period. She also pulled down 17 rebounds as New Waverly (22-7, 12-2) handed the Lady Eagles their second district loss to force a three-way tie with Hempstead atop the standings.

“Tonight’s win was nice because we started out great and finished strong,” Lady Dogs coach Eldridge McAdams said. “In the games that we’ve lost this year, we came out good but ended flat, and I didn’t see that tonight.”

McAdams said arrangements are still pending on breaking the three-way tie in the district but hopes to find out something soon.

“We’ll meet (Wednesday) and probably have a playoff series Friday and Saturday at a neutral site to figure the tie out,” the coach said. “Our main goal is to get past the first round since previous teams have been ‘cursed’ and not made it past the first game.

“We’ll have to take it one game at a time, because we’ll either go hard or go home. We’ll stay focused and do what we can do.”

Destiny Jones added a double-double, connecting on 7-of-7 free throws to finish with 15 points and 10 boards. Amber Sanders sank four 3-pointers in the game to tally 16 points, and Shanique Smith crashed the boards for 12 rebounds in the win.

Lexington’s Beneshia Robinson paced her team with 26 points and 10 rebounds while Amanda Dowdy added 18 points and seven boards.

The Lady Bulldogs, who owned a 50-28 edge in rebounding, rolled to a 12-2 lead early and finished the first quarter with a 19-7 edge.

Sanders tacked on six points to New Waverly’s lead in the second period when she connected on back-to-back treys as the Lady Dogs took a 35-14 lead with 4:00 left in the first half.

Lexington (18-10, 12-2) cut the deficit to 35-20 on consecutive buckets, but trailed 40-21 at intermission.

“I told the girls when they took an early lead to stay put and don’t stall the ball,” McAdams said. “I let them roll and attack down the court. Everyone’s got the green light to shoot. We kept the pressure on them and got them a little winded in the first half.”

Robinson answered for Lexington with 11 points in the third quarter but the Lady Eagles were unable to get much going and trailed the Lady Bulldogs 60-40 entering the final period.

Dowdy added 10 points in the fourth for Lexington, but New Waverly proved to be too strong on the boards and was able to avenge a road loss to the Lady Eagles earlier this season.

“Our motto is stay together and work together,” McAdams said. “Our second season starts next week. It’ll be hard but we’ll try our best to keep rolling.”

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