Trojan girls down Decorah; TV cagers sweep WC, Central


JACKSON JUNCTION - The Turkey Valley girls’ basketball team opened its season on Nov. 27 with a 50-41 win over Decorah at home.
The Trojan basketball teams made it a clean sweep over West Central on Nov. 29 at home. The TV girls’ squad bounced back from an early deficit to beat the Blue Devils, 56-47. In the boys’ game, the Trojans raced to a 30-7 lead after one period en route to a 77-24 victory.
Playing at Central Elkader Friday, both TV teams chalked up victories. The Trojan girls team notched a 48-35 win over Central, and the boys won in overtime, 40-39.
The Turkey Valley girls’ team lost to Wapsie Valley, 41-50, Saturday.
Girls: TV 50, Decorah 41
Facing Decorah on Nov. 27, the Trojans rallied from a first quarter deficit to beat the Vikings, 50-41.
“It was a great way to start the year,” TV Co-Coach Dan Stepan said. “The girls played hard and we saw lots of good things. We are a different team from last year so we will have to find different ways to win.”
Decorah held a 13-9 lead after one period before Turkey Valley went on a 13-8 run in the second period to take a 22-21 halftime lead. The Trojans went on a 15-9 run in the third period to take a 37-30 lead going into the fourth.
Emily Busta led TV with 17 points, including two three-pointers, had five rebounds and three blocks. Katlyn Baumler had 12 points and eight rebounds. Elli Winter tallied seven points and two blocks. Jaycie Bryne had five points, including  one three-pointer. Breanna Busta had six points, including one three-pointer, five steals and four rebounds. Kassidy Reicks had three points and six rebounds.
Score by quarters
TV    9   13   15   13 - 50
Dec 13    8     9    11 - 41
Girls: TV 56, WC 47
In the girls’ game on Nov. 28, West Central took a 14-6 lead after one period before the Trojan girls went on a 30-11 second period run on their way to a 56-47 win.
“Again, we find another way to win,” Stepan said. “It was a great effort by the girls. Jordan Lukes came off the bench to give us an offense spark. We will keep working on the fundamentals in practice that seem to be giving us some issues in games.”
Jordan Lukes led the Trojans with 17 points, including five three-pointers. Elli Winter tossed in 13 points. Jaycie Bryne had eight points.
Katlyn Baumler posted six points. Breanna Busta and Kassidy Reicks each scored five points. Lydia Schuchhardt had two points.
Score by quarters
TV    6   30   12  8 - 56
WC 14   11   14  8 - 47
Boys: TV 77, WC 24
In the boys’ contest, the Trojans raced to a 23-point lead after one period and sailed to a convincing 77-24 win.
“We got off to a fast start and our defense jump started our offense,” TV Coach Chris Sullivan said. “We thought the kids did a nice job of communicating and being in the right spots and causing turnovers which led to transition baskets. 
“West Central ran a 2-3 defense to start the game. Our kids did a nice job of getting the ball inside and to the short corner. We got a lot of easy baskets and clean looks from the three-point range because of that. Throughout the night our kids played extremely hard, and that is what we were the most happy with out of all. 
“In the fourth quarter, we had kids diving out of bounds to save the ball and they played each possession to their fullest potential and thats what it’s all about. It was a team effort and each kid contributed in a positive manner,” Sullivan said.
Keegan Balk led TV with 14 points, had five assists and five rebounds. Ethan Leibold and Evan Drilling each had 13 points. Drilling tallied two three-pointers and three rebounds. Jordon Snyder had 10 points and four steals.
Levi Izer tallied seven points, including one three-pointer, had five steals, four assists and four rebounds. Kyle Langreck and Jason Herold each had six points. Eli Reicks and Kannon Leuenberger each had three points on one three-pointer. Luke Anderson had four rebounds. Mason Goerend had two steals.
Score by quarters
TV   30   13   16   18 - 77
WC   7     6     4     7 - 24
Girls: TV 48, Central 35
Playing against Central Elkader on Friday, the Trojan girls’ team took a 28-15 halftime lead and held off the Warriors for a 48-35 win.
“We found a way to win,” Stepan said. “Our girls played extremely hard the whole game. All nine girls contributed. Elkader is a tough place to play, so we are always happy with a win.”
Elli Winter led the Trojans with 12 points. Breanna Busta and Katlyn Baumler each had nine points. Kassidy Reicks had seven points. Emily Busta scored five points. Jordan Lukes and Jaycie Bryne each had three points.
Score by quarters
TV  15  13  10  10  - 48
Cen  6    9    9  11 - 35
Boys: TV 40, Central 39
Luke Anderson nailed two free throws with four seconds left in overtime to lead the Trojans to a 40-39 win Friday.
The game was tied at 22 at halftime, and it was tied at 33 at the end of regulation.
“We got off to a sluggish start, and we did a poor job of taking care of the basketball,” Sullivan said. “In the first quarter, we didn’t do a good job of getting the ball into the post and were settling for jumpers.
“In the second quarter, we got the ball into the post more, but we still struggled to put the ball in the hoop. At halftime we made a few defensive adjustments, but what we really wanted was the kids to attack the rim more and get the ball inside.  We failed to do this in the second half. 
“The times we did get it in to the post we got good looks and got to the foul line but we poorly executed our game plan. Luckily our defense was phenomenal throughout the night and we played with a great amount of energy, and the kids did an excellent job of talking and this kept us in the game. In the overtime we got down by three but fought back to take the lead with four seconds left on two clutch free throws by Luke Anderson.
“Wins on the road never come easy and tonight was a perfect example of that. We told the kids that we pride ourselves on defense and tonight it was the defensive side of the ball that secured the hard fought victory vs a scrappy Central Elkader team,” Sullivan said.
Luke Anderson posted a double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. Evan Drilling had 13 points, including three three-pointers, and had eight rebounds. Ethan Leibold had five points and six rebounds. Levi Izer and Jordon Snyder each had four points. Keegan Balk and Kyle Langreck each had two points.

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