Members of the Turkey Valley varsity girls basketball team are, from left, front row - Allie Njus, Olivia Reicks, Mariah Schmitt, Macey Winter. Back row - Coach Dan Stepan, Coach Frank Wilson, Taylor Novotny, Allison Kuennen, Amanda Mueterthies, Chloe Reicks, Johanna Blazek, Coach Carla Nymeyer, Coach Mike Kuennen. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Will the success from last year be translated onto the court this year?
That is the question Head Coaches Dan Stepan and Mike Kuennen will be asking this season as they take over the Turkey Valley girls basketball team.
Stepan and Kuennen, along with assistant coaches Carla Nymeyer and Frank Wilson, are challenging the Trojans put forth the effort needed all season and hope that effort will translate into postseason victories.
The Trojans of a year ago, led by Head Coach Jordan Bentley, put all the pieces together at the right time. They finished fourth in the Upper Iowa Conference, posting a 10-6 record.
They sailed through the first round, defeating Riceville 53-38. They had a solid game against Kee, winning 54-42, then put together a win against Tripoli 54-48 to move to the regional finals. In the end, the Trojans ran into a buzzsaw of North Butler, falling 34-62 to end the year 15-10.
In total they shot 29.0 percent from the field and averaged 42.0 points a game. On defense they gave up 39 points a night. The team had 209 assists, 341 steals, 74 blocks and had 773 rebounds (30.9 a game).
There were just two seniors on the team last year. Paige Kuennen averaged 3.2 points a game, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 steals. Although she missed time last season with an injury, Tess Kuennen averaged 11.2 points a game, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals.
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