Turkey Valley cage teams ground CR, West Central; boys lose to S-F


JACKSON JUNCTION - The Turkey Valley girls’ and boys’ basketball teams made it a clean sweep over Clayton Ridge on Jan. 16 as the Trojan girls’ team ripped the Eagles, 46-18; and the TV boys’ team crushed Clayton Ridge, 65-34.
Playing at Sumner-Fredericksburg on Jan. 18, the TV boys’ team lost to the Cougars, 54-58.
Taking on West Central Friday, the TV girls’ team chalked up a 57-19 win.
Girls: TV 46, C. R. 18
The Turkey Valley girls’ squad raced to a 13-1 lead after eight minutes and sailed to a 46-18 win over Clayton Ridge. 
“We played a strong  first half on both ends of the court. It was a good way to start the week,” TV Co-Coach Dan Stepan said.
The Trojans took a 32-8 halftime lead and pushed their advantage to 38-16 after three periods.
Emily Busta had 12 points, including one three-pointer, four rebounds, six steals, three assists and two blocks. Elli Winter had 11 points, four rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Katlyn Baumler had eight points and five rebounds.
Jordan Lukes scored seven points, including two three-pointers, and had four rebounds. Breanna Busta had five points and five rebounds. 
Lydia Schuchhardt had three points, three rebounds and three steals. Jaycie Bryne had three rebounds. Kassidy Reicks had five rebounds and two steals. Kelsey Kurtenbach had two steals. Lindsay Jackson had one steal.
The Trojans made 16 of 52 field goal attempts, including three of nine three-point attempts, and made 11 of 17 free throws. TV had 33 rebounds, 19 steals and eight assists.
Score by quarters
TV  13  19   6   8  - 46
CR   1    7    8   2  - 18
Boys: TV 65, C.R. 34
The Trojan boys’ team went on a 22-5 third period run en route to a convincing 65-34 win over Clayton Ridge on Jan. 16.
TV took a 15-4 lead after one period and led 23-18 at halftime. The Trojans pushed their lead to 45-23 after three periods.
“We got off to the quick start that we have been waiting for awhile,” TV Boys’ Coach Chris Sullivan said. “Keegan Balk had the hot hand early and dropped in 10 points early. In the second quarter we continued to get good looks but couldn’t knock down that mid-range jumper and had some threes not drop. Clayton Ridge went on a little run and we went into halftime with only a 23-18 lead. 
“At halftime we talked about being multi-dimensional and not settling for threes so much especially when they weren’t falling. In the third quarter, I had to use a quick timeout to get the attention of our guys because we weren’t sending anybody to the offensive glass and they responded. 
“Will Einwalter came in and gave us a lot of energy off the bench along with others to help us go on a big run in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter we continued to play aggressive defense and we put the game away for good early in the fourth. 
“In the second half we had a lot better instinct and played the passing lanes well and it led to some easy baskets for us. We finished with 17 offensive rebounds which was huge with how poor we shot from the three point line. We also attacked the offensive glass hard in the second half and gave ourselves second and third opportunities,” Sullivan said.
Keegan Balk led the Trojans with 14 points, including two three-pointers, had four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Jordon Snyder had 13 points, including one three-pointer, three steals and two rebounds. Evan Drilling had 10 points, including two three-pointers, five rebounds, four steals and three assists.
Ethan Leibold had nine points, 14 rebounds and four assists. Levi Izer had nine points, including one three-pointer, three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Will Einwalter had eight points, three rebounds and two steals. 
Mason Goerend tallied two points. Luke Anderson had three rebounds. Eli Nymeyer had two rebounds and three steals. Eli Reicks and Kannon Leuenberger each had one rebound. Kyle Langreck had one assist.
Score by quarters
TV  15   8   22   20 - 65
CR   4   14   5    11 - 34
Boys: S-F 58, TV 54
A late rally by the Turkey Valley boys’ team fell short as Sumner-Fredericksburg downed the Trojans, 58-54, Thursday.
S-F led 13-9 after one period, took a 22-17 halftime lead and held a 43-35 lead after three periods.
“We weren’t mentally locked in and didn’t execute the game plan that was put in place,” Sullivan said. “We knew coming in that they jack a lot of threes and that we can’t look at records because they play in a real strong conference top to bottom. 
“Throughout the night, we didn’t locate shooters and weren’t disciplined on our closeouts. Give credit to Sumner for making us pay for being out of position most of the night and knocking down 11 threes. Going into halftime we were down five points and we addressed numerous issues. 
“Coming out into the third quarter our offense finally picked up, but we were exchanging baskets and not getting the stops we needed being down in the game. In the fourth quarter we finally started reading and reacting better and even took the lead but fell short. 
“We fought back hard to get the lead, but then we failed to box out numerous times down the stretch and it was the difference. This is a disappointing loss because of our lack of execution. We struggled to get the ball in the middle of the zone tonight as well and took to many early threes,” the coach said.
Evan Drilling led TV on offense with 19 points, including three three-pointers, and four rebounds. Levi Izer had nine points and three rebounds. Ethan Leibold had eight points and five rebounds.
Keegan Balk tallied six points, including two three-pointers. Will Einwalter had six points, six steals and three rebounds. Jordon Snyder had four points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals. Kyle Langreck had two points, one rebound and one steal. Luke Anderson had two rebounds. Eli Nymeyer had one assist.
Score by quarters
TV   9   8   18   19 - 54
SF 13   9   21   15 - 58
Girls: TV 57, W.C. 19
The Turkey Valley girls’ team took a 35-14 halftime lead on its way to a 57-19 win over West Central on Friday.
“We played well on both ends of the court,” Stepan said. “We need to keep this momentum going for the stretch run.”
Elli Winter led TV with 13 points, and Jaycie Bryne tallied 12 points. Emily Busta had eight points, including two three-pointers. Breanna Busta had seven points, including one three-pointer.
Katlyn Baumler had six points. Jordan Lukes had five points, including one three-pointer. Kassidy Reicks tallied four points. Lydia Schuchhardt had two points.
Score by quarters
TV   9   26   9   13 - 57
WC  4   10   4    1  - 19
Boys: TV 80, W.C. 21
The Trojan boys’ basketball team took a fast 28-6 lead after one period and never let up during an 80-21 win over West Central Friday.
“We got off to a quick start and moved the ball well and found the open guy,” Sullivan said. “We created a bunch of turnovers, and we did a great job of making the easy play in transition. I thought the kids were flying around and reacting well. This led to us having 24 steals. We did a great job of hitting the offensive glass hard as well and it led to us getting 16 offensive boards and getting second chance points. 
“Everybody contributed in some way, and it was a total team effort. This was a good bounce back game for us, and we will need to continue taking steps forward as the season winds down,” the coach said.
Will Einwalter had 14 points and three rebounds for TV. Ethan Leibold tallied 13 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals. Keegan Balk had 12 points, including two three-pointers, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Levi Izer had 10 points, including two three-pointers, five steals, three assists and two rebounds. Mason Goerend had 10 points, including one three-pointer, three steals and two rebounds. Evan Drilling had eight points, including two three-pointers, two rebounds and two assists. Jordon Snyder had five points, including one three-pointer, six assists, six steals and four rebounds. Kyle Langreck had four points and three rebounds.

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