Amid the high traffic lane, Trojan Breanna Busta works to get into the paint Tuesday night. (Photo courtesy of Emily Koch Photography)
Amid the high traffic lane, Trojan Breanna Busta works to get into the paint Tuesday night. (Photo courtesy of Emily Koch Photography)

The Turkey Valley girls’ basketball team (6-6, 6-3 UIC) survived a second-half surge to defeat North Fayette Valley (5-8, 4-4 UIC) Tuesday night, 48-45.

“NFV is always a scrappy team that fights until the end and this game was no exception as we earned a tough conference road win,” said Coach Carla Nymeyer. “We knew we would have to come ready with intensity and toughness and our girls brought it. Kylie Wurzer was a great defensive threat for us once again, and Katelyn (Baumler) and Kara (Reicks) really stepped up the offensive charge.”

 Falling behind 12-11 after the first eight minutes, the Lady Trojans poured in the points to forge ahead 27-18 by halftime, while keeping the TigerHawks from scoring in the final four minutes of the second quarter. The eight-point lead, combined with consistent defense and baskets, kept the Red and Black in front of NFV throughout the second half despite the TigerHawks’ best efforts to slice into the advantage.

Katlyn Baumler had a monstrous game with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Freshman Kara Reicks knocked down 14 points and four rebounds for TV. The quick hand came from Jaycie Byrne with five steals.

The week will end with nights of back-to-back games for Turkey Valley as it hosts Tripoli in a nonconference contest tonight, Thursday, Jan. 10 and pay a visit to West Central Friday, Jan. 11, with both games set for tip-off at 6:15 p.m.