Turkey Valley’s (l-r) Katlyn Baumler, Kassidy Reicks and Jaycie Bryne triple-team the Kee High player in the UIC finale Friday in Jackson Junction. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Turkey Valley’s (l-r) Katlyn Baumler, Kassidy Reicks and Jaycie Bryne triple-team the Kee High player in the UIC finale Friday in Jackson Junction. (Photo by Becky Walz)

   Neither the team had a good start to the UIC contest as the Turkey Valley girls basketball team (12-9, 8-4 UIC) hosted Class 1A No. 9 Kee High (19-1, 12-0 UIC) Friday, but it was the Hawks to claimed the victory, 46-26, in the end.
   It took nearly two minutes for either team to get on the board. From there Kee took control, leaving the Trojans trailing 16-7 after the first period. Despite slower scoring in the second frame, the Trojans faced a 22-11 deficit. The spread increased to 35-19 after three periods and led to the 46-26 final.
   “Kee is a very good basketball team and we knew we would have to be nearly flawless to win. We didn’t do that,” said Co-Coaches Dan Stepan and Carla Nymeyer. “We competed well and played pretty good defense, we just need to find a better way to put the ball in the basket.”
   Emily Busta provided the biggest spark for the Trojans with 11 points, including a trio of treys. Adding six points each were Elli Winter and Katlyn Baumler.

Postseason begins
   Turkey Valley will begin the postseason versus Riceville Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. at home.

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