A 17-point contribution by Trojan junior Eli Reicks (left) propelled TV past South Winn, 58-53. Also shown is Warrior Noah Tieskoetter on defense. (Photo by Becky Walz)
A 17-point contribution by Trojan junior Eli Reicks (left) propelled TV past South Winn, 58-53. Also shown is Warrior Noah Tieskoetter on defense. (Photo by Becky Walz)

With Friday’s 58-53 win over South Winn (9-7, 9-4 UIC) the Turkey Valley boys’ basketball team (14-4, 11-2 UIC) sits second in the conference after finishing as champs the past two seasons.

After the Trojans got off to a fast start, South Winn responded in the first quarter to trail 14-12. TV extended its lead to 29-24 at halftime and went to the locker room to discuss how to stop Warrior sophomore Jacob Herold from finding the basket at will. 

Stepping back onto the hardwood after the break, the Warriors all but eliminated the advantage Turkey Valley held to make the score 41-40 with eight minutes left to play. With the bend but not break mentality, the Trojans held on for the 58-53 win.

“At halftime we made a few adjustments and did a good job wearing down South Winn’s Jacob Herold,” said Trojan Coach Chris Sullivan. “The kids did a good job of grinding out a win against our rival. Give credit to South Winn as they played great team ball and played for each other during tough circumstances, which we knew would happen because they are well-coached.”

Eli Reicks did a great job of staying in attack mode and getting to the rim for 17 points and six assists. With another big game for the Trojans was Ethan Leibold with 17 points and 21 rebounds. Coming off the bench, Garrett Kurtenbach solidly knocked down 10 points to go with three steals.

“Our bench played key minutes and once again it was a total team effort,” said Sullivan. “We are proud of the kids’ effort but know we have things to clean up.”

“Our guys came out and played hard the entire game,” said Warrior head coach Blake Moen. “It just came down to a few shots here or there for both teams. It was a fun environment for a high school basketball game.”