On Saturday, December 16th our Freshman Spartans (2-4 overall, 2-1 ECC) extended their win streak with a 49-34 victory over Walnut Hills at THS.
For the second game in a rown, guard Matt Sheffer started the scoring off for the Spartans with a strong basket drive. The Eagles from Walnut Hills countered with a 4-point run and the 1st quarter turned into a back-and-forth affair, with Sheffer, Alex Steele and Ethan Zinn providing the offense. Unfortunately 3 Spartan turnovers in the final seconds of the quarter cost Turpin the lead and after one quarter of action they trailed 8-7.
The Spartans bounced back in a big way during the second quarter. Guard Matthew Johnson provided the offensive firepower, scoring from behind the arc and on dribble drives, racking up 9 points before the half. The defense was fierce, holding Walnut Hills to just 4 points as the Spartans raced to a 26-12 halftime lead.
With the offense working at a high level and a stiffling defense, Turpin looked to put the game away in the 3rd quarter. Walnut Hills would not go quietly and started to exert some defensive pressure of their own. A long three-pointer from Johnson and nice inside feed to Steele from Jack Cnota provided some lift and Turpin held onto a 10-point lead entering the 4th, 33-23. The Eagles closed to within 6 points early in the 4th before our Spartans put away the game for good. Johnson continued to provide the scoring, hitting his third 3 of the game. He was helped from Cnota, who added 6 points in the quarter. When the final buzzer sounded, Turpin secured a solid conference win, 49-34.
Scoring: Johnson-22, Cnota-8, Sheffer-7, Steele-6, Zinn-3, Goldey-2, Naughton-1