Trojan junior Katlyn Baumler had the hot hand Saturday night for 25 points, 11 rebounds and three steals in Turkey Valley’s 73-45 first round win over West Central. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Trojan junior Katlyn Baumler had the hot hand Saturday night for 25 points, 11 rebounds and three steals in Turkey Valley’s 73-45 first round win over West Central. (Photo by Becky Walz)

The Turkey Valley girls basketball team swarmed passed West Central (1-17, 1-13 UIC) in the opening round of the Class 1A Region 2, 73-45, at home Saturday night.

Next up is a rematch with Kee in the regional quarterfinal tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Waukon at 7 p.m. The Hawks won the first match-up at the buzzer over the Trojans. Two weeks ago, TV got revenge, winning in triple OT. If the Trojans survive the matchup they advance to Friday’s semifinal game in West Union against either Tripoli or North Butler, at 7 p.m.

Saturday night, the Trojans were all over West Central from the start, causing chaos and forcing turnovers in the first quarter to take a 24-7 lead. The Blue Devils swung the momentum into their favor in the second period to pull to within eight before TV shut down the threat, ending the quarter on an 11-0 run for a 42-18 lead at the break.

The home team kept the pressure on the Devils throughout the second half, putting up 31 points.

Eight Trojans scored at least two points on the night. Katlyn Baumler led the way with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Jaycie Byrne was strong, just missing a triple double with 14 points, 10 assists and nine steals. Jordan Lukes had 12 points, five rebounds and three steals. Jalyssa Blazek added 10 points, six rebounds and five steals.

“This was a great start to the postseason as we came out strong and ready to go,” said Coach Carla Nymeyer.