The Turkey Valley Trojan girls basketball team opened up their 2017 Class 1A State Basketball Tournament yesterday afternoon against an undefeated Janesville team. These two teams went back and forth for much of the game as Janesville led it 13-12 after the first quarter, Turkey Valley held a 29-22 lead at halftime, Janesville had an outstanding third quarter and opened up a 42-35 lead heading into the fourth quarter. With less than a minute and a half remaining in the game, the Trojans found themselves behind 58-52. Elli Winter made a layup and was fouled to cut the lead to four. Winter would miss the free throw, but Kayla Gebel was there for the offensive rebound and the put-back to cut the lead to two. Turkey Valley forced a turnover on the other end, and after a foul, Morgan Kuennen made one out of two free throws to pull the Trojans to within one. With 40 seconds remaining, Janesville missed the front end of a one-and-one and Reicks drove to the other end of the floor and made a layup to put Turkey Valley ahead by one. Then on the defensive end, Winter stole the ball for the Trojans and was able to get it to Reicks who was fouled. She made the first free throw and then missed the second, but got her own rebound as time expired. Turkey Valley was able to advance to the Semi-Finals by a final score of 60-58. Reicks led four Trojans in double figures with 21 points, Kuennen had 13, Sadie Nymeyer had 12 and Winter finished the game with 10 points. The Turkey Valley girls improve to 23-2 on the season and they advance to take on Exira Elk Horn Kimballton in the Semi-Finals on Thursday morning.
The Iowa State Cyclone Men’s Basketball team will be looking for their sixth win in a row tonight as they will welcome in the Cowboys of Oklahoma State. The Cyclones entered the USA Today Top 25 yesterday and are ranked 24th. Iowa State comes in with an overall record of 19-9 while OSU is 20-9. The Cyclones defeated Oklahoma State in Stillwater back on January 11th 96-86. You can tune into this game tonight on our sister station 959 KCHA.