COTULLA — Nothing would stop the up-tempo Jourdanton Indians from clinching a playoff spot on Friday, Feb. 7, at Cotulla.
The Indians (21-6, 7-0) led wire-to-wire for a 70-36 win over the Cotulla Cowboys to secure a playoff spot.
Jourdanton jumped out to a 9-0 lead early in the first quarter and never looked back.
“We got off to a fast start, a little bit slow in the second half,” head coach Truman Reagan said. “Just doing some things that were uncharacteristic of us. But I think we came out on a 26-2 run in the third quarter. I’m proud of them for not letting up.”
Jourdanton finished the first quarter on a 23-5 run. Staying hot and attention to detail has been the focus for the Indians this season.
“Our biggest thing this year is we’re making them focus on playing every possession,” Reagan said. “Having that offensive possession or defensive possession, having them compliment each other. Getting off to a fast start is something we’ve done a lot this year.”
Junior shooting guard Jarel Lilly set the blistering pace for Jourdanton with 10 points in the first quarter and finished with a team-high 21 points and four rebounds.
“I just wanted to do what I can for the team,” Lilly said, “stepping up and making plays to help us win.”
Reagan knew going into Friday that his team would need to control the boards to beat Cotulla. The Indians did just that, out-rebounding the Cowboys 43-19 behind Jake Reyna’s eight rebounds to go with his 12 points.
“That’s really good for us. It’s just maximum effort every play, getting those boards and those loose balls, too,” Reyna said. “We’re just not letting guys out-hustle us.”
Payton Gonzales finished with 14 points, thanks to three three-pointers, and five rebounds. Eleven of Jourdanton’s 13 players got on the scoresheet with points scored.
The win was short-lived for Jourdanton with coach Reagan giving the Indians until midnight to enjoy it. Their focus turned quickly to Tuesday’s opponent, Natalia, and their push for the district title.
“Our motto has been ‘What’s important next,’” Reagan said. “What’s important next is that they enjoy this until midnight and we’ve gotta watch film and get ready for Natalia. It’s just the next step. We can’t look ahead of anybody else except Natalia.”