Junior Ali Hoffert dumped in 16 points for TV Thursday versus Kee High. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Junior Ali Hoffert dumped in 16 points for TV Thursday versus Kee High. (Photo by Becky Walz)

With the postseason looming Turkey Valley girls’ basketball team (17-4, 12-4 UIC) experienced some highs and some lows to finish off the regular season, going 1-1 last week to finish third in the Upper Iowa Conference standings.

Just short

In a rescheduled contest Thursday, the Lady Trojans allowed Kee (13-7, 10-6 UIC) to build an early lead that they couldn’t overcome, falling 54-50, at home.

Outhustled against a high Hawk intensity level, TV mustered 11 points in the first frame, but were left trailing 16-11. In the second period, both squads knocked down 15 points as Kee High led 31-26 at halftime. The two UIC teams remained deadlocked in the second half as the Hawks refused to allow TV to make up the difference.

“We did have some very successful times moving the ball and getting it inside, but we also lacked confidence and consistency in other areas and Kee was able to capitalize on it and force us to play catch up throughout the contest,” said Coach Carla Nymeyer. “Although we are upset about the loss, it will help us focus on some areas we need to improve upon as well as be a great motivator as we prepare for another possible match up in the post season.”

Five Trojans scored, led by Ali Hoffert’s 16-point, four rebound, four assist and two steal effort. Also in double digits was Katlyn Baumler with 12 points to go with four boards. With 10 points, three rebounds and three steals was Kara Reicks, while Jaycie Byrne just missed double figures with nine points. Jordan Lukes provided three points.

In West Union

Friday night, the Trojans rebounded from their loss to Kee to top North Fayette Valley (11-9, 10-6 UIC) on the road, 64-53.

It was a high-scoring affair from the beginning with the Trojans leading 19-17 after the first eight minutes. Solid TV defense held the TigerHawks to six points in the second quarter, allowing the Red and White to expand its lead to 31-23. TV never allowed the game to get close in the second half.

“This was a great bounce back win. I am proud of how well the girls worked together to finish our regular season play and capture third place in the conference,” said Coach Nymeyer. “We did get into a little foul trouble and Jaqlyn Schmitt gave us some nice minutes. Jalyssa (Blazek) had a super all-around game and a big third quarter as she connected on two 3 pointers.

This time, it was Byrne who led in scoring with 16 points and four steals. Jalyssa Blazek added 12 points, while Katlyn Baumler provided 11. Baumler topped the Trojans with four rebounds and four blocked shots.

Playoffs Thursday

Turkey Valley opens the postseason as host Starmont in round one of Class 1A Region 3 action Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. A win will put the Trojans back on the hardwood Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. at Waukon versus the winner of the Kee High and South Winn contest.