JV Girls lose heartbreaker to Boerne in OT
By Brady Keane BCC Contributor
The Lady Bulldogs junior varsity basketball team traveled to Boerne to take on the Greyhounds in the third district game of the season, and ended up losing in heartbreaking fashion. The game was intense throughout, and the Greyhounds weren't able to pull ahead until the final seconds on a game winning three point shot that gave Boerne a 57-54 overtime victory.
"The girls played a great game, but all of Boerne's shots started falling in the fourth quarter and ours stopped," Coach Ginger Postert said.
The Lady Bulldogs hung with the Greyhounds for the entire game by relying on intense defense that has become the trademark of this year's junior varsity squad. All season long the ladies have harassed opponents on defense in order to create fast break opportunities, and Boerne struggled with the full court press just as many other teams have this season.
"Pressing our opponents makes them panic when they have to bring the ball up the court," junior guard Laurynn Winters said. "It's created a lot steals that lead to easy layups, and continued to do so against Boerne."
When Boerne was actually able to get the ball across half court, junior Dana Lohrke gave the Greyhounds trouble all night long, blocking nine shots and leading the Lady Bulldogs in rebounding.
"It felt really good to block that many shots against Boerne, because of the intense rivalry we have with them," Lohrke said.
As the game came down to the wire, the Lady Bulldogs struggled from the free throw line, and weren't able to take advantage of several opportunities to pull away from the Greyhounds. Throughout the game, the ladies missed 21 free throws that could have easily changed the course of the game.
"We had an opportunity to take back the lead at the end of the 4th and during overtime with free throws, but we failed to capitalize on the opportunities," Postert said. "We went 10 of 31 from the line, and that's definitely something we'll be focusing on in practice moving forward."
Despite missing 21 free throws on the night, the Lady Bulldogs were still in a position to win the game. However, as time winded down in overtime, the Greyhounds were able to hit an improbable three point shot to give Boerne a last second win.
Junior guard Jenieve Casarez scored 16 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs offensively, while sophomore Andrea Felice added 12 points, and Dana Lohrke added five points. With the loss, the ladies dropped to 2-1 in district, and will next take on the Fredericksburg Battlin' Billies tomorrow night in Fredericksburg. Game time is 5:30.