Squaws hold off Three Rivers in season opener



Jourdanton junior Emma Dorroh goes up for a layup in the Squaws’ season opening win over Three Rivers on Tuesday, Nov. 11. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Jourdanton junior Emma Dorroh goes up for a layup in the Squaws’ season opening win over Three Rivers on Tuesday, Nov. 11. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The Jourdanton Squaws opened the season with a last minute score to seal the fate of the visiting Three Rivers Lady Bulldogs.

On Thursday, Jourdanton beat Three Rivers 38-32.

“It’s really just a boost of confidence knowing that we can only go up from here and not go back down–we’re truly excited for the season,” said senior Emma Roach.

When it was a one possession game, Roach took a pass from half court with seven seconds left in the game and scored a two-point lay up and was fouled on the play to put the Squaws up by five.

Roach and the Squaws started to pull away from Three Rivers, but the Lady Bulldogs were able to tie the game up late in the fourth quarter.

“It encouraged us to push harder and make sure that we are working hard enough to be able to get the win,” Roach said.

She said it felt great to start the season off with a win and with COVID-19 still a factor, she said the team is ready to enjoy every moment they have together because it could all end at any point.

Roach said the team needs to work on defense, breaking the press defense and communicating better. She finished the game with six points.

“It’s our first game of the season. We didn’t have a scrimmage this year because our volleyball girls were still in [playoffs], but I think it was still a good start to the season and we can only go up from here,” said Jourdanton Head Coach Ariana Foster.

Jourdanton led Three Rivers 31-23 going into the fourth quarter.

“We’re just gonna have to just work on a little bit of everything more and definitely some conditioning, a little bit more to get our stamina back,” Foster said.

She said the preseason schedule is against bigger schools to help them in district.

“We definitely want to make playoffs, that’s the first goal and then once we make playoffs, we want to make a deep run,” Foster said.

Emma Dorroh had 11 points. Macey Briones and Mia Lopez were tied with eight points.

“We definitely need to work on some defense and just get there with the ball and know who we have,” Dorroh said. “But I feel like during halftime, we talked about it and we learned from it and we’re just learning from our mistakes.”

She said the team is taking the season one game at a time and they started off the season with a solid win.

Jourdanton (1-0) had both of their originally scheduled games this week canceled due to COVID-related issues with their opponents. The Squaws added county neighbor Charlotte to the schedule and will host the Trojanettes on Friday at 5 p.m.

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