Representing the Trojans at the state basketball tournament are, from left, kneeling - Avery Reicks, Jaedyn Winter (manager), Jordan Lukes, Kaci Rausch, Kassidy Reicks, Sadie Nymeyer, Shelby Reicks, Sloan Huinker, Regan Kime (manager), Allison Leibold (manager), Jenna Schmitt. Back row - Addy Einwalter, Amy Schmitt (far back), Saylor Drilling (manager), Jaycie Byrne (manager), Co-Head Coach Dan Stepan (far back), Kayla Gebel, Emily Busta, Assistant Coach Justin Bakula (far back), Katlyn Baumler, Abbey Ott, Morgen Kuennen, Elli Winter, Lydia Schuchhardt, Breanna Busta, Co-Head Coach Carla Nymeyer, Christine Kuhn, Jessica Schmitt. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Representing the Trojans at the state basketball tournament are, from left, kneeling - Avery Reicks, Jaedyn Winter (manager), Jordan Lukes, Kaci Rausch, Kassidy Reicks, Sadie Nymeyer, Shelby Reicks, Sloan Huinker, Regan Kime (manager), Allison Leibold (manager), Jenna Schmitt. Back row - Addy Einwalter, Amy Schmitt (far back), Saylor Drilling (manager), Jaycie Byrne (manager), Co-Head Coach Dan Stepan (far back), Kayla Gebel, Emily Busta, Assistant Coach Justin Bakula (far back), Katlyn Baumler, Abbey Ott, Morgen Kuennen, Elli Winter, Lydia Schuchhardt, Breanna Busta, Co-Head Coach Carla Nymeyer, Christine Kuhn, Jessica Schmitt. (Photo by Becky Walz)
They left it all on the court.
After barely getting past the quarterfinals, then surviving an overtime thriller, the No. 2 Turkey Valley girls basketball team got the rematch it’s been dreaming of for 364 days – a rematch in the Class 1A championship with No. 1 Springville.
Playing in front of what seemed like everyone in Winneshiek County, the Trojans battled back from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit and made the Orioles sweat; however, the spirited comeback fell short, with Turkey Valley falling to the Orioles 45-36.
Led by three seniors who have worn the varsity jersey since they began high school, the Trojans capped another record-setting year. They advanced to state for the second time in a row and second time in school history. They finished as the Class 1A runners-up for the second year in a row, both times to Springville (25-2).
The Trojans close the year 23-3 and with a 72-6 record over the previous three seasons. The senior class finished perfect at home, last losing Feb. 4, 2014.
“I’m so proud of the girls that they stayed with it. It was just a little bit too late,” said Co-Coach Carla Nymeyer. “I just wish that we could have started that a little bit earlier in the game.”

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