Squaws turn corner, start district 2-0

Jourdanton’s Cladi Muñoz (left) and Erin Soward (right) with their Randolph All-Tournament medals. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Jourdanton’s Cladi Muñoz (left) and Erin Soward (right) with their Randolph All-Tournament medals. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Jourdanton’s girls basketball team won its first two district games, lifting its prospects after a rough non-district run.

The Squaws (9-12, 2-0 District 3A-30) earned an important road win 56-46 at Dilley (17-8) on Jan. 4. Jourdanton led 28-23 at halftime.

“I thought their home would be the hardest place to play,” said Jourdanton head coach Ariana Foster.

Vanessa Vacca scored 14 points. Erin Soward had 11 points.

Foster had Shyanne Bauerle guard Dilley’s best scorer.

“I told her not to let her driveand she did a great job not letting her get the ball,” Foster said, noting that Bauerle held the player to 10 points, significantly lower than her average.

Jourdanton beat Lytle 48-36 at home on Jan. 8. The Squaws led 28-13 at halftime. Cladi Muñoz led three Squaws in double figures with 13 points. Soward had 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Vacca had 11 points.

The game was senior Mayce Marek’s last before moving to Taylor.

The Squaws lost three of four games at the Randolph tournament, keeping their losses close despite being without four players.

On Dec. 27, Jourdanton lost 55-53 to John Paul II. Muñoz had 16 points.

Also that day, Muñoz scored 16 points and Soward had 14 points in a 50-41 loss to Randolph.

On Dec. 28, both Muñoz and Soward had 10 points in a 38-34 win against Lytle, which did not count toward the district record since it was in tourney play.

Later that day, Soward had 17 points in a 43-38 loss to Crystal City, which won the tournament.

Soward and Muñoz were named to the All- Tournament team. Foster said Soward has become a consistent double-digit scorer after taking time to find her shot in the early part of the season while transitioning from volleyball to basketball.

Foster said the team’s defensive communication has improved. She added that the defense will continue to improve since Serah Kate Blair, an energetic defender, has returned after being ill for three weeks.

On Jan. 11, Jourdanton will play at Laredo Harmony.

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