PLAYOFF HEARTBREAK: Squaws fall to George West in overtime thriller

J GARCIA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Jourdanton freshman Anaya Gonzales fights off a George West defender during the Squaws’ bi-district playoff game. J GARCIA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

A second half rally wasn’t enough for the Jourdanton Squaws to notch their first playoff win in 26 years on Monday, Feb. 17.

The Squaws fell 52-48 in overtime against George West after overcoming a 10-point halftime deficit.

“We were never behind too much,” Head Coach Ariana Foster said. “Nothing a couple layups and some defensive stops couldn’t change and get us back in it. We knew we had to fight back harder, play harder and play with everything we have to keep us in the game.”

Jourdanton’s storming comeback was capped off at the end of the third quarter when senior point guard Vanessa Vacca hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to put the Squaws up 35-30 entering the fourth quarter.

It was the cherry on top of a quarter where the Squaws held George West to just two points. Six points from Vacca and five from Gwyn Wells helped Jourdanton to their 17-2 run in the third.

“We came out hot in the third quarter,” Foster said. “We had some nice shots from [Emma] Dorroh and Wells, and a three from [Emma] Roach that gave us momentum. The best part of the third quarter was when Vanessa hit the three at the buzzer. That gave us so much hype and momentum going into the fourth quarter. It set the tone that we were still in it.”

Jourdanton (18-10) was held to seven points in the fourth quarter and six in overtime as George West made their comeback.

Vacca set the pace on offense with 12 points. Dorroh, Roach and Wells each had nine points to their name.

The loss marked the end of the season and the high school careers for Vacca, Shyanne Bauerle and Demaris Jones. Foster understands the impact the three had on the program.

“I can’t thank my seniors enough for everything they have done for this program,” Foster praised. “They came in every single day ready to work hard and lead by example. All three of them were so special and valuable to this program and they all will leave behind a legacy here. I’m definitely going to miss them.”

But Foster knows, despite losing those seniors, the future is bright for the Squaws. They will return three starters for the 2020-2021 season.

“We have a young team and I am excited to see what next year and the years to come will bring,” Foster said. “We are going to continue to put work in during the offseason and come back better. It was a tough loss to George West and we will remember this feeling and use it to fuel us for next year.”

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