Turkey Valley’s Will Einwalter goes up for a contested shot in recent home action. The senior contributed two points Tuesday versus Wapsie Valley. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Turkey Valley’s Will Einwalter goes up for a contested shot in recent home action. The senior contributed two points Tuesday versus Wapsie Valley. (Photo by Becky Walz)

   Entering Tuesday night’s game, the Turkey Valley boys’ basketball team (16-5) knew Wapsie Valley (15-6) was a good team with numerous capable shooters, one averaging nearly 23 points per game. At the final buzzer, the Trojans were edged out, 63-60.
   “Our kids played extremely hard and showed a lot of fight tonight but it’s the small things that we failed to do that put us on the short end of stick,” said Coach Chris Sullivan. “We did a great job of contesting them on the three-point line and held them to only four three pointers but a couple came in crucial points in the game and off of offensive rebounds.”
   The Red and Black began the game with stellar defense but couldn’t find an offensive rhythm, which left the Trojans trailing 14-9 after the first quarter.    Both squads secured runs in the second period to excite fans. At halftime, the Wapsie Valley Warriors led, 30-24, leaving the Trojans to make adjustments.
   Another run in the third quarter pushed the Trojans ahead by as many as six points and when the period ended, TV held a one-point advantage. Through a hard-fought final frame, TV fell short, 63-60.
    Senior Levi Izer attacked the rim and led TV with 19 points. Two other Trojans hit double figures with Evan Drilling nailing 11 and Keegan Balk knocking down 10. Just missing a double-double was sophomore Ethan Leibold with nine points and 12 rebounds.
   The regular season has come to an end as Turkey Valley was crowned the Upper Iowa Conference champions for the second year in a row. The road to state will begin versus Riceville on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in Postville.