Spartans Vanquished In Thrilling Sectional Final

For the second time in 3 years, the Turpin Spartans earned a place in the sectional finals in the Division 1 basketball tournament. Last evenings opponent, the #2 seed Mason Comets, were also the ranked 5th in the state going into the postseason. However, the Spartans were not intimidated and dominated the first half, but Mason rallied after the intermission to escape the Spartans upset bid, 37-34.

Turpin came out loose and immediately put the Comets on their heels in the 1st. Kaitlyn Workman took the opening tip and drained a 3 pointer. Ellie Holt’s drive to the rim drew a foul and she calmly deposited both of her free throws. Olivia Hamilton scored inside for two. Additionally, she and her fellow interior player, Charlotte Kerregan, drew fouls in the paint and each went 1 of 2 from the charity stripe. Savanah Hazenfield hit a jumper from behind the arc. Meanwhile, Mason was held without a basket in the quarter for the first time all season as four free throws were their only offensive output. Turpin led 12-4 after the 1st.

Defense was the theme in the 2nd quarter as both teams made it a priority. Turpin managed to score first as Hazenfield hit another 3 pointer and Olivia scored again inside. The Spartans led 17-4 midway through the 2nd quarter. Mason finally scored a couple of baskets to cut into the lead but Olivia added another interior field goal as the Spartans were shocking the Comets, 19-9 at intermission.

Mason was determined to get back into the game, and that they did in the 3rd. The Comets scored 15 points while holding the Spartans to just a Workman basket and a pair free throws from both Kerregan and Lindsey Viel. Yet, the Spartans still led by one, 25-24 going into the final quarter. All the pressure was still on Mason as the 5th ranked team in Ohio was on the ropes with only eight minutes to play.

In the 4th, Mason’s interior players continued to crash the boards which got them back into the contest and their persistent defense clamped down on Kaitlyn Workman making it hard for the Spartans to run their offensive sets. Savanah Hazenfield compensated for the offensive shortfall by going 4 for 4 from the foul line then hitting a floating one hander as the game was tied 31-31 with 3 minutes to play. The Comets would go 6 of 8 from the free throw line before Ellie Holt hit a 3 pointer with less than 2 seconds to play for the final margin. The Spartans upset bid fell just short as the Comets survive, 37-34. A fantastic season concludes. Well done ladies!

Scoring: Kerregan 3; Holt 5; O. Hamilton 7; Hazenfield 12; Workman 5; Viel 2

In closing, this writer would like to thank the following people for making these game summaries possible: Coach Hopewell and the entire coaching staff for their access and cooperation; Russ & Lisa Viel for the fine photography; Jerry Gunning for the extra #2 pencils; and of course, the AD’s office. Lastly and most importantly, a shout out to all the players on a remarkable season! You were the best team on and off the court as you represented yourselves, your team, your school and your community with class. Go Spartans!

Grace Hamilton
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Olivia Hamilton
1
Savanna Hazenfield
1
Ellie Holt
1
Charlotte Kerregan
1
Corinne Nikolai
1
Claudia Reynolds
1
Audrey Robinson
1
Elise Schulok
1
Lindsey Viel
1
Kaitlyn Workman
1

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 

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