JOURDANTON—Second place was on the line when the Jourdanton and Karnes City girls basketball teams met Friday. Both teams are headed to the postseason, and the feel of a playoff game was already in the air.
The Lady Badgers used a big second half to overtake the Squaws, 57-50, after trailing by four at the break. Jourdanton (7-4 District 26-3A) led by as many as seven in the first half before a 19-5 stretch put Karnes City (8-3) in control.
“It was a very big win on the road for us,” Lady Badgers coach Burke Braun said. “These [Jourdanton] girls are very athletic. They’re a well-coached, senior-laden ball club, and it was very hard to come in here and get a win…We made a run at the right time in the second half.”
Junior guard Ashley Reyes, who had a game-best 18 points, swished a 3-pointer with 6:10 remaining to put Karnes City in front by 10. The basket capped the decisive 19-5 blitz after halftime.
The Lady Badgers held the Squaws to five points on 2 of 15 shooting in the third frame. Overall, Jourdanton shot 4 of 25 in the second half.
“I don’t think we were taking as many shots and driving as much as we were in the first half,” Squaws coach Oma Garmon said. “I also feel that we came out flat defensively in the second half.”
Braun attributed Karnes City’s defensive success to a scheme change.
“We went from man [defense] to a zone,” Braun said. “Usually we don’t run much zone, but it got [Jourdanton] out of whack.”
Taylor Voelkel knocked down a 3-pointer at the 6:01 mark of the third quarter to give the Lady Badgers their first lead since it was 2-1 in the opening minutes. Karnes City led by as many as 13 in the fourth quarter.
Reyes was one of five players with at least six points for Karnes City, which played without post Kiera Robinson.
“I’m very proud of my girls; they’ve worked really hard,” Braun said. “Our No. 1 player was not in the game, and she averages 17 points a game for us. She does a lot of rebounding, a lot of assists and a lot of steals. We’re looking to get her back in the playoffs, and I’m excited.”
Karen Carrasco led the Squaws with 16 points, and Savannah Bronstad added six. Destiny Powell battled foul trouble early and finished with seven points after fouling out with 6:16 to play.
Jourdanton closed the regular season Tuesday against San Antonio Brooks. Braun doubts that will be the Squaws’ last game for a while.
“They’re a good ball club, and I think they’re going to go far in the playoffs,” he said. “Tonight was our night; that was the difference, truly. They’ve got a bunch of good athletes.”