On a day in which an ice storm cancelled school, the evening was dedicated to Turpin’s five seniors, Savanna Hazenfield, Corinne Nikolai, Katelyn Randall and Brielle & Audrey Robinson. These five were recognized Wednesday at a finely decorated Klinger Court as a crowd of friends and family watched them play their final home game of their careers. One could say the weather emulated the play of the Spartans and their opponent, the Withrow Tigers, as both teams endured cold shooting nights. Down 11 early in 4th quarter, the Spartans ignited to go on a 17-2 run and defeat the upstart Tigers in overtime, 31-27.
On Saturday, the Spartans 10-10 (4-8 ECC) traveled to Kings 10-9 (6-6 ECC), and the Knights were looking to avenge a defeat at Turpin back in December. The first half was a defensive struggle as both teams were coaxed into turnovers and single shot possessions. However, after halftime, Kings was able to get offensive momentum while the Spartan attack was limited. The Spartans got it going in the 4th quarter and kept within striking distance, but the damage was done as Turpin fell to Kings, 45-38.
On the last day of January, the Spartans 10-9 (4-7 ECC) hosted the Loveland Tigers 16-2 (9-2 ECC) who are currently in second place in the ECC. A high intensity, close contest ensued with both squads using defense to dictate the pace of the game as well as both teams trading leads throughout the 2nd half. In the last three minutes, the Tigers pulled away and avoided the upset bid, 56-47, but the score was not indicative of just how close this came played out.
On Saturday afternoon, Turpin hosted Milford in their second match up of the season. This game wasn’t just any game between two ECC rivals; instead it was the 4th annual Game of Hope and when all the pomp and circumstance of the day was complete, more than $2,700 was raised to benefit the fight against cancer. While the final score indicated a 36-29 Turpin victory, all in attendance would agree that the biggest winner of the day was The Cure Starts Now Foundation.