Forty-eight hours removed from a bitter loss to their neighborhood rival, the Spartans (8-5) returned to the court Monday night for a non-conference tilt against Madeira (9-3). Turpin responded in front of the Fox 19 sports news crew with quality basketball on both ends of the court in an “intense and physical contest” by defeating the Amazons 41-31 at Klinger Court.
The Spartans got off to a strong start as Savanna Hazenfield took the opening tip and drove the right-hand baseline for two. After Madeira answered with a basket, Olivia Hamilton scored a pair of lay-ups from the right block - the second of which was set up by a fine assist from Lindsey Viel. Ellie Holt got on the ledger with a mid-range jumper for 2 then Hazenfield nailed a 3-pointer as Turpin led 11-4 midway through the quarter. The Amazons answered with a mini, 5-0, run before the Spartans went to the bench with less than 2 minutes left. Corinne Nikolai checked in and on her touch of the ball, scored a lay-up on the ensuing inbounds play. Madeira hit a 3-pointer at the 1st quarter horn, but the Spartans led 13-12.
Defense dominated the 2nd quarter as both teams employed a physical and hardened shield. For the first 5:30, a lone Amazons basket accounted for all the quarters scoring. With 2:30 to play in the half, Holt hit a 3-pointer from the top arc after a long offensive set, then Nikolai drained a 3-pointer to give Turpin a 19-16 lead. Coming out of a time-out, Turpin executed a fine inbounds play as Hazenfield found Holt on a post pattern which resulted in a full-court lay-up with less than a minute to play. On the ensuing Madeira possession, Holt stole the ball at mid-court and drove for another lay-up. However, Ellie received a nasty shiner under her right as a souvenir for efforts on a hack that went unnoticed and uncalled. Turpin led 23-16 at intermission.
The Spartans defense started the 2nd half with a renewed energy and purpose and they held the visitors to no baskets and just 2 lone free throws in the 3rd quarter. Meanwhile, Hazenfield stayed in fine form as she buried another 3-point jumper to put the Spartans up nine. Then, Nikolai got fouled on shot attempt and converted both free throws to grow the hosts lead to double digits. With less than 2:00 to play in the frame, Holt’s dribble drive caused her defender to stumble badly, and she coolly sank a mid-range jumper in the lane to give Turpin a 30-18 lead.
Hazenfield started the final quarter with a traditional 3-point play and after she converted the lone free throw, the hosts led 33-19. After a lone Holt free throw, Nikolai got fouled on a lay-up attempt off an offensive rebound, and she sank both her free throws for the largest lead of the game, 36-19. The Amazons have one of the better players in the city in Mary Englert, so a Madeira rally was eminent. A Hamilton lay-up courtesy of a sweet pass from Hazenfield ended a six-point Madeira run. Turpin led 38-25 with 2:15 to play but the game was getting a bit more physical. A passage of play that had a non-call which would have benefited the hosts on the offensive end preceded a “small change” foul call on Nikolai on the other end of the court. This resulted in a bench technical against Turpin, and after the free throws with less than 60 seconds remaining, the Turpin lead was cut to 7. On the next Spartan possession, the Amazons were called for a flagrant foul which caused Lindsey Viel to be thrown to the floor. After being tended to by the training staff, Viel was subbed out for Nikolai and the senior guard calmly sank both free throws for nine-point Turpin lead. A lone free throw from Elise Schulok completed the scoring. Although the Amazons outshot the hosts 48-27, Turpin held them to less than 17% shooting percentage. Conversely, the Spartans shot 52% from the field in route to the non-conference victory.
Scoring: Holt 12; Hazenfield 11; Nikolai 11; Hamilton 6; Schulok 1;
Next: Turpin hosts Loveland. Saturday, January 13th 2pm.