JOURDANTON—It was far from the prettiest—or shortest—game, but the Squaws will take it.
The Jourdanton girls basketball team overcame a sloppy performance and slow first half to outlast San Antonio Cole 46-42 in a two-hour slugfest Friday that included 60 fouls and 82 free-throw attempts.
The Squaws (6-3 district) won despite 48 turnovers, in part because of the Lady Cougars’ porous night at the charity stripe. Cole shot 20 of 52 (38.5 percent) on free throws, including 3 of 8 in the final 1:06 after pulling within two points.
The victory gave Jourdanton a season sweep of the Lady Cougars and moved the Squaws into third place in District 26-3A behind Poth (9-0) and Karnes City (7-2). Jourdanton will host the Lady Badgers on Friday after playing at SA Fox Tech on Tuesday.
“We always just try to stay focused on our goal, and our goal’s always to win the game,” Squaws coach Oma Garmon said. “…A slow start is a slow start, and then you just have to get back into the game.”
The Squaws trailed 18-12 at halftime after 23 turnovers in the first two quarters. Jourdanton senior Karen Carrasco led the charge after the break, scoring 18 of her game-best 20 points in the second half.
“I knew that my team needed me,” she said. “And coach Garmon let me know that. I knew that I had to step up for my team.”
“It was just the girls waking up,” Garmon said of the turnaround after halftime. “They made the adjustments themselves. They woke up and played. We should have been playing that defense from the get-go.”
Carrasco’s aggressive play driving toward the basket after halftime was rewarded with layups or free throws. She connected on 11 of 16 tries from the line, including 4 of 6 in the final minute to hold off the Lady Cougars’ late comeback attempt.
“In practice we work on free throws a lot,” Carrasco said. “I knew everyone was looking at me to be a role model, so I knew that I needed to pull it together for my team…We’re a team. It’s not going to happen with just one person—it’s everybody.”
The Squaws took their first lead since the opening minutes with 2:29 in the third quarter on a pair of Laney Korus free throws. The points put Jourdanton in front 24-23, and the Squaws led the rest of the way.
“My team and I worked very hard, and we knew it was going to be a very tough game [based off] the last game that we played Cole,” Carrasco said. “It was very rough and tough. We knew that this game was going to be just as tough, and we knew that we had to pull it together.”
Jourdanton looked to be in control after Carrasco nailed a 3-pointer for a 41-33 advantage—the Squaws’ biggest of the game—with under three minutes remaining, but a 6-0 spurt kept Cole alive.
The Lady Cougars had a chance to tie the game, but freshman Lai’La Reese missed a pair of free throw attempts with 1:06 remaining. Carrasco sunk two free throws on the ensuing possession, and Cole never got back within two.
The Lady Cougars took advantage of 15 Jourdanton turnovers in the fourth period, but shot 3 of 11 in the frame. Cole did not have its first field goal of the quarter until the 2:28 mark.
The Squaws also got 12 points from senior Savannah Bronstad, who scored eight before halftime. Janie Daniels led a balanced Lady Cougars offense with 13 points. All five of Cole’s scorers had at least six points.
Referees assessed three technical fouls—including a double technical late in the third quarter—during the physical contest. It was the second consecutive game Jourdanton had at least one player receive a technical.
“Yeah, that’s girls basketball,” Garmon said with a laugh. “It gets that way sometimes.”