Following a 30-point loss to Lytle a week ago, the Jourdanton Squaws used some sharp shooting to get back on track.
The Squaws (6-5, 4-2) beat Poteet on Tuesday, Jan. 5, and Cotulla on Thursday, Jan. 7, before falling to Karnes City on Friday, Jan. 8.
In Tuesday’s 59-27 win over Poteet, Jourdanton opened the game on an 8-0 run in the first quarter to help them to a 13-6 advantage after the first. An 11-0 run to close out the first half gave them a 29-11 lead heading into the third quarter.
The performance on Tuesday was encouraging following last week’s loss to Lytle.
“It’s really encouraging,” Head Coach Ariana Foster said. “I feel like they came out more hungry, especially being a down-the-road district rivalry for us. We just came out wanting to win as soon as we stepped out on the court.”
Jourdanton’s hunger to win showed, as the Squaws shot 42% from the field, including 8-of-18 from beyond the three-point line.
“That’s all we’ve been working on it feels like,” Foster said of her team’s range.
Junior Emma Dorroh set the pace for Jourdanton with 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting. The team just needed to put their previous game behind them.
“The Lytle game was pretty hard, but we just learned from our mis- takes,” Dorroh said. “In practice, we just pushed each other really hard. I think we came back pretty good and it got us back into our groove.”
Dorroh’s leadership is something Jourdanton will lean on in the coming weeks as the playoff race heats up.
“She’s just a big leader and a big energy for this team,” Foster said. “She’s someone we can always count on. She steps up whenever we need her. She can play guard, she can play post, she can do everything. She’s just an all-around player you can rely on.”
Six Jourdanton players made at least one threepointer in the win. Sophomore Anaya Gonzales was one of two to hit multiple three-pointers in her eightpoint showing on Tuesday. Fellow sophomore Jadyn Jupe was the other Squaw to hit multiple threes.
“That’s gonna be great for us, especially against the harder teams like Poth and Lytle,” Gonzales said. “If we just keep this momentum of getting threepointers and getting shots up, I think that’s gonna help us a lot.”
Jourdanton had nine players contribute points in Tuesday night’s win. In Thursday’s 56-37 win over Cotulla, nine players contributed again.
“To have girls who normally don’t get shots step up and make shots shows that we’re strong and we’re gonna get stronger,” Foster said.
Clarissa Bermea led the Aggies with 13 points, including three threepointers.
Dorroh led the way again with 16 points on Thursday, which was a make-up game from their Dec. 18 date that got postponed due to COVID-related issues at Cotulla. Macey Briones was second on the team with nine points.
Eight-point showings from Kirby McNeill and Sophia Castillo also spurred the Squaws along.
Jourdanton fell 45-39 to Karnes City on Friday. Emma Roach led the way with nine points and Briones added eight. Dorroh was held to seven points.
Jourdanton traveled to Poth on Tuesday night to close out the first round of district play. They’ll travel to Natalia on Friday in a rematch of their district opener.