Turpin Wins Tourney Opener Over Mercy

With the regular season behind them, the Spartans turned their attention to the sectional tournament and an opening game versus GCL stalwart, Mercy. After some jitters and slow start, the Spartans used an 18 point 2nd quarter to take control of the game and a 17 point 3rd quarter to make it academic in route to a comfortable 46-30 victory.


Turpin looked rusty after a week off and perhaps some nerves were responsible for the slow start with a Kaitlyn Workman lay-up the only offense in the 1st quarter. Meanwhile, the senior heavy line up of the Mercy Bobcats were able to get some high percentage shots off and they had the Spartans reeling with a 9-2 lead after the first quarter horn sounded.

In the 2nd, a different Turpin team emerged from the huddle. A Workman steal in front of the Spartan bench resulted in a lay-up. Then, the senior point guard hit a 3 pointer making it 9-7 in favor of Mercy. The Spartans were energized as they used a blanketing defense to throw the Bobcats off their game. Savanah Hazenfield had a sublime pass to Charlotte Kerregan with resulted in a lay-up. 9-9, Game On! After a Mercy time-out, the Spartans piled it on. 3 pointers from Ellie Holt and Elise Schulok extended the Turpin lead and two more baskets by Kerregan completed the best quarter of the year. The Spartans led 20-15 at intermission.

Half-time did not dilute the Turpin energy as the Spartans continued their positive play at the beginning of the 2nd half. Lindsey Viel received a lovely interior pass from Workman and converted the basket. Holt added a running lay-up and Schulok converted a short baseline jumper. But it was the guard play of Hazenfield that exemplified the quarter. The junior guard drove the right lane twice for baskets each time and a full court steal which led to drawing a foul on a lay-up attempt got the Spartans in command. Workman would convert 2 more lay-ups and Spartans enjoyed a 17 point quarter while only yielding 3 points from Mercy. The Spartans led 37-18 going into the 4th.

With a sizeable lead, the Spartans were deliberate on offense using as much time as possible on each possession. With the aim to go inside, Viel drew multiple fouls on drives to the basket and converted 3 free throws. Kerregan was unstoppable in the paint as the senior center scored two more baskets. Olivia Hamilton converted both her free throws as the Spartans rode out the remainder of the game. Although only seven played, all seven scored.

Scoring: Workman 12; Viel 7; Holt 5; Hazenfield 5; Kerregan 10; Schulok 5; O. Hamilton 2

Early on, the game wasn’t going as planned, but the 2nd changed the outcome. The first half reminded me of a quote from the comedian/philosopher, Steven Wright: “The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.”

Up Next- Sectional Tourney: Turpin faces Fairfield, February 23rd at 7:30pm at Lakota East.

Grace Hamilton
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Olivia Hamilton
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Savanna Hazenfield
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Ellie Holt
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Charlotte Kerregan
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Corinne Nikolai
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Claudia Reynolds
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Audrey Robinson
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Elise Schulok
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Lindsey Viel
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Kaitlyn Workman
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Coach Pete Hopewell

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Hopewell 17 1Pete Hopewell is going into his 23rd year coaching High School Sports in the Cincinnati and Dayton area. He was the Varsity Boys basketball coach at Little Miami prior to coming to Turpin as the Varsity Boys head basketball coach in the Fall of 2005 in which in his second year was able to capture a FAVC Cardinal Division Title and Coach of the year for the 2006-2007 season. Contact him HERE 

 

Varsity Schedule

JV Schedule

Frosh Schedule

Girls Basketball Roster

  NAME Y H P
2 Grace Hamilton 12 5'6 G
3 Kaitlyn Workman 12 5'5 G
4 Olivia Hamiltion 9 6'1 F
11 Audrey Robinson 11 5'9 G
14 Katelyn Randall 11 5'9 F
20 Ellie Holt 10 5'9 G
22 Savanna Hazenfield 11 5'8 G
24 Elise Schulok 10 6'0 F
30 Charlotte Kerregan 12 6'0 C
32 Corinne Nikolai 11 5'9 G
34 Claudia Reynolds 12 5'8 G
44 Lindsey Viel 10 6'1 F

Girls Basketball Schedule

Date Team Time
Nov. 26 @ McNicholas 2:00
Nov. 28 @ Little Miami 7:30
Nov. 30 @ Hamilton 7:30
Dec. 3 Loveland 2:00
Dec. 7 @ Glen Este 7:30
Dec. 10 Walnut Hills 2:00
Dec. 14 Milford 7:30
Dec. 17 @ Kings 2:00
Dec. 21 Amelia 7:30
Jan. 4 Withrow 7:30
Jan. 7 @ Anderson 2:00
Jan. 11 @ Madeira 7:30
Jan. 14 @ Loveland 2:00
Jan. 16 Sycamore 7:30
Jan. 18 Glen Este 7:30
Jan. 21 @ Walnut Hills 7:30
Jan. 25 @ Milford 7:30
Jan. 30 Summit 7:30
Feb. 4 Kings 2:00
Feb. 6 Seton 7:30
Feb. 8 @ Withrow 7:30
Feb. 11 Anderson 2:00