The Spartans called upon rival Anderson and made quick work of their neighbors with strong defense and a huge rebounding advantage. At the final horn, Turpin demonstrated why they are tied for first in the ECC standings.
The 1st quarter started slowly for both squads. While the shots weren’t falling early for the Spartans, the collective team defense didn’t allow the Redskins to take a high percentage shot. Kaitlyn Workman opened the scoring with a running lay-up then Savanah Hazenfield broke the ice with a 3 pointer from behind the arc. Elise Schulok hit both of her free throws as Turpin led 7-1 at the first horn.
Turpin looked to take the ball to the basket in the 2nd and Ellie Holt set the tone by driving the lane and earning free throws. Holt scored 7 in the 2nd quarter all from the charity stripe. Charlotte Kerregan scored a basket in the paint while Hazenfield and Workman each hit a three point jumper. A 16-4 Turpin run closed out the half with the Spartans up 23-5 at the break.
The Spartans defense continued to hold the Redskins in the 3rd as the hosts could only produce two baskets. The offense scored 12 with Holt hitting a 3 pointer to go along with a lay-up and Hazenfield and Kerregan adding field goals. Claudia Reynolds drained both of her free throws as Turpin led comfortably, 35-19, going into the 4th.
Lindsey Viel got into the act with a pair of baskets in the 4th with a Hazenfield steal and lay-up silencing a late Anderson mini-rally. In the end, Turpin wins easily 44-21 and improves to 9-2 (6-1 ECC). With conference play at the mid-way point, the Spartans share the conference lead going into the second half of the conference schedule.
Scoring: Holt 14; Hazenfield 11; Kerregan 5; Workman 5; Viel 4; Reynolds 3; Schulok 2;