By Todd Wills
Corsicana Daily Sun
Ernest McGhee enjoyed life under the rim Tuesday night.
The Tigers senior post scored 24 points, staying active in transition and on the offensive boards as Corsicana pulled away for a 62-52 victory over Waxahachie at Tiger Gym.
The Tigers (10-3) won their third straight game after a brief two-game slide at the Fairfield Tournament. They had to fight for Tuesday’s win.
Corsicana and Waxahachie went back and forth for most of the first three quarters. The Tigers finally took the lead for good when Dzifa Mallet and Jamaal Evans made 1 of 2 free throws for a 36-35 lead with 2:16 left in the third quarter.
That started an 11-0 run to end the quarter. Mallet scored five straight points on a drive and a 3-pointer to make it 41-35. McGhee, who had 11 points in the third quarter, scored two straight baskets off offensive rebounds for a 45-35 lead.
The Tigers took their largest lead a 50-37 lon another Evans’ free throw, but Waxahachie slowly fought back. Antoine Taylor made 3 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, one that Mike Lewis answered to keep the Tigers up 53-44 with 3:27 left in the game.
Taylor nailed another 3-pointer to cut the lead to six, but McGhee produced an answer with a 3-point play to put the lead back at 59-50 with 1:51 left.
Corsicana struggled from behind the arc in the first half, making 1 of 15 3-pointers. So the six points McGhee had in the opening period were important as the Tigers led 15-12 after the first quarter.
“That was the best game Ernest has played all season by far,” Tigers coach Don Newton said. “He got a lot of rebounds down there.”
McGhee went scoreless in the second quarter and Waxahachie surged ahead for a 24-21 halftime lead.
Mallet and Lewis each had 14 points. Evans came off the bench for the first time this season to score eight important points.
“He had a nice edge to him,” Newton said.
So did McGhee, who has improved from the start of the season as the game begins to slow down for him. He’s a great offensive rebounder and his finishing at the rim gets better and better.
“Things have settled down for me,” McGhee said. “I want the contact now and the extra shot to go with a basket.”