Touchard Leads JSerra into Regional Semifinals

mjfnze-b781076893z.120130309230140000gsq1cse1k.2By Carlos Arias, OC Varsity

Point guard August Touchard is the lone senior on JSerra’s girls basketball team and she plays like she doesn’t want her season to end.

The rest of the Lions followed their team captain’s lead and defeated St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs, 55-32, to advance to the CIF Southern California Regional semifinals for the first time in school history Saturday at JSerra High.

It was another gutsy effort by Touchard, who hit her head on the hardwood after taking a hard foul and injured her calf in JSerra’s 60-52 victory over Mater Dei of Chula Vista in the first round.

“August got pretty beat up from the last game, so she has been in therapy pretty much all week,” Lions coach Mary Rossignol said. “She’s such a warrior. I mean, it’s just amazing to see her come out and fight and battle and just be an unbelievable teammate, because she’s hurting out there for certain.”

Touchard, who got worked on by a trainer immediately after the game, showed no ill effects from the injury the way she harrassed opposing players on defense, forcing turnovers that led to fast-break opportunities for the Lions. She finished with 11 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Sophomore Coco Miller had another strong performance, finishing with 24 points, seven rebounds and three assists.Courtney Vaccher had 12 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two assists to help JSerra’s cause.

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