TV girls end week with split decisions

By Becky Walz,

Enduring unyielding competition, the Turkey Valley girls’ basketball team (11-6, 9-4 UIC) won one and lost one to end last week.

Enduring unyielding competition, the Turkey Valley girls’ basketball team (11-6, 9-4 UIC) won one and lost one to end last week.

Extra effort
It took extra effort by the Trojans to defeat West Central (6-12, 2-10 UIC) on the road Friday night, 36-30.
Both squads were ice cold from the field in the first quarter, taking nearly five minutes to get the ball to fall through the basket. When the buzzer rang at the end of the period, TV was holding on to a 10-8 lead. However, WC took charge in the second with a 22-18 halftime lead and continued to be our front 30-25 with eight minutes to play. In the fourth, the Trojans slowly crept back into contention, taking the lead with 4:00 to play and kept the Blue Devils from scoring for the 36-30 win.
“We had great shot opportunities but couldn’t get the ball to fall. That along with West Central playing well offensively hurt us in the first half,” said Coach Carla Nymeyer. “Our defense really locked down in the second half and the girls stayed after it offensively.”
Jacqlyn Schmitt put down 17 points, grabbed five rebounds and five steals, while Aubrey Hoffert was active with nine points and five boards. Jalyssa Blazek led the way with six rebounds and five steals.

Turkey Valley 10 8 7 11 36
West Central 8 14 8 0 30
Scoring – Jacqlyn Schmitt 17; Aubrey Hoffert 9; Kara Reicks 6; Alison Leibold 2; Mariah Throndson 2
Rebounds – Jalyssa Blazek 6; Hoffert 5; J. Schmitt 5; Reicks 3; Leibold 2; Brianna Busta 2; Assists – Blazek 2; Hailey Elsbernd 2; Reicks 1; Steals – Blazek 5; J. Schmitt 5; Busta 4; Reicks 3; Elsbernd 3; Leibold 2; Hoffert 1; Blocks – Blazek 2; Hoffert 1

On the hardwood again
The Trojans stood up to the test as they were challenged by Maquoketa Valley (11-7) on the road Saturday afternoon, falling short 44-41.
“We faced a physical, long Maq Valley team that has a strong tradition of successful basketball. Really proud of how our girls stood up to the challenge especially handling their pressure and rough style of play. Our team intensity was high, and all of the girls contributed in some form,” said Coach Nymeyer. 
Despite trailing by 11 late in the third period, the Trojans made a run at the game in the fourth and final period to take a 40-39 lead with 2:00 minutes to play. A final push by Maquoketa Valley put it back on top for the non-conference win.
J. Schmitt once again paced the Trojans with 23 points, seven rebounds and five steals, while Blazek contributed 14 points, three boards, and four steals. 

Turkey Valley 6 10 10 15 41
Maq. Valley 7 14 12 11 44
Scoring – J. Schmitt 23; Blazek 14; Reicks 2; Throndson 2
Rebounds – J. Schmitt 7; Blazek 3; Reicks 1; Hoffert 1; Elsbernd 1; Throndson 1; Assists – Reicks 5; Blazek 1; J. Schmitt 1; Steals – Reicks 6; J. Schmitt 5; Blazek 4; Hoffert 1; Blocks – Hoffert 1

Busy week ahead
The Lady Trojans have a demanding three-game week ahead that begins at home versus South Winn Tuesday, Feb. 1. TV is at Kee Thursday, Feb. 3, then hosts Postville Friday, Feb. 4.


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