Squaws bounce back to win district opener

Sophomore Emma Dorroh goes up for a layup in the Squaws’ district opener against Dilley on Friday. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Sophomore Emma Dorroh goes up for a layup in the Squaws’ district opener against Dilley on Friday. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Following a tough loss to Sunnybrook Christian Academy on Jan. 7, the Jourdanton Squaws rebounded with a 48-29 win over Dilley to open play in District 30-3A on Friday, Jan. 10.

The Squaws struggled to find a rhythm early, leading just 5-2 after a first quarter that saw more fouls (11) than points scored. By the end of the game, the Squaws had four players foul out.

“It was definitely a good team effort to come out with a win today,” senior point guard Vanessa Vacca said on Friday. “I think, from here on forward, we need to step up and play every game better than we did today. I know it was very rewarding to win our first district game. That just sets us up for a good path for the rest of the season.”

Jourdanton outscored Dilley 9-5 in the second quarter behind field goals from Vacca, Emma Dorroh, Gwyn Wells and Macey Briones to take a 14-7 lead into halftime. The Squaws then made simple adjustments that proved successful.

“We just talked about how we were playing down to their level, how we were just not playing our level,” Head Coach Ariana Foster said. “We weren’t showing them what Squaw basketball was. We weren’t showing them who we are. We were just playing down to their level and let them control the game.”

Foster said the goal in the third quarter was to simply play their brand of basketball.

Vacca drew contact on a made jump shot with 6:39 left in the third quarter and the Squaws began an 11-0 run to seize control of the game.

Vacca would go on to score nine points in the quarter and a team-high 16 for the game. Given the foul trouble the Squaws were in, Vacca needed a little help and she got it from her sophomore post, Dorroh.

Dorroh would finish with 11 points to her name and was credited by the senior as being a big factor in the win.

“It’s definitely a big thing for me, a point guard, to have a post like Emma,” Vacca praised. “She’s a big girl in that high post. She gives a lot of open shots, open lanes for me and the rest of the guards on our team. It’s definitely a big contribution for our team to have her in the middle there.”

Dorroh’s praises were also sung by her head coach, who has been impressed with her progression throughout the year.

“She’s just very athletic. She can move very well,” Foster said. “She can rebound. She can handle the ball. She can do everything.”

The sophomore feels blessed to be where she’s at as a big piece for the Squaws. She credits her upperclassmen teammates for the progress she’s made in her second year on varsity.

“It makes me feel good and thankful that I have a team to back me up,” Dorroh said. “They know I’ll always be there for them. I’m thankful because, my freshman year on varsity, I didn’t really know anybody. Now I step up to the plate and they trust me.”

In their 44-40 loss to Sunnybrook, the Squaws experienced another slow start.

They trailed 12-8 after the first quarter and 19-14 at halftime. The Squaws put up 15 points in the fourth quarter, but ultimately fell short.

Briones led the way with 10 points. Vacca had nine in the loss.

Jourdanton (9-9, 1-0) continued district play at Lytle on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

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