Shelby Reicks returns, caps a Turkey Valley rally

Girls' state basketball: No. 2 Trojans outlast Janesville, 60-58

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DES MOINES — Shelby Reicks knew the pain would set in eventually.

But it gave her a reprieve in the final moments, and it stayed away in the interview room.

“Too much adrenaline,” she said.

Reicks capped a somewhat-miraculous, last-minute rally as second-ranked Turkey Valley outlasted No. 9 Janesville, 60-58, in a Class 1A quarterfinal at the girls’ state basketball tournament Monday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena.

A senior and an Upper Iowa University recruit, Reicks scored on a drive to put the Trojans (22-2) in front, 59-58, with 25 seconds left.

Then she zeroed in on a loose ball, gathered it and was fouled with 0:03 on the clock. She made the first free throw, missed the second but grabbed the rebound and held on as time expired.

All this from an all-stater who, moments before, appeared would end her career on the bench with two hurting ankles.

 

 

The right one was injured in a regional-final win over Ackley AGWSR. She came down on the left one with 1:52 to go and the Trojans down six points.

What a crummy way to go out.

“That’s a thought I had go through my head,” Co-Coach Carletta Nymeyer said. “The next thing I knew, she was asking if she could come back in.”

Well, not quite asking.

“The trainer asked if I wanted it wrapped. I said, no, I gotta get back in there,” Reicks said.

The play of the game unfolded moments later. Elli Winter scored and was fouled with 1:17 left. She missed the free throw, but Kayla Gebel rebounded and scored her only basket of the game.

“That was a clutch (sequence),” Sadie Nymeyer said. “It showed what everybody is capable of doing.”

Suddenly it was 58-56, and the Trojans’ momentum was building.

Morgen Kuennen made a free throw to make it 58-57, then Janesville’s Grace Hovenga missed the front end of the bonus with 40 seconds left, setting up Reicks’ late heroics.

The Trojans will face No. 3 Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton (24-1) in the semifinals at 11:45 a.m. Thursday.

Turkey Valley prevailed despite a 34-point outpouring by Janesville’s Tori Hazard, including 20 in the second half.

Down 29-22 at halftime, Janesville (24-1) went on a 20-6 third-quarter binge and took a 42-35 lead into the final period. The margin grew to nine points twice, the last at 50-41 with 5:29 left.

Reicks finished with 21 points and eight assists for the Trojans. Kuennen added 13 points, Sadie Nymeyer 12, Winter 10.

TURKEY VALLEY 60, JANESVILLE 58

1A State Quarterfinal, at Des Moines

JANESVILLE (58): Kennedy Meister 4-7 2-2 10, Hope McDermott 0-1 0-0 0, Tori Hazard 14-24 6-8 34, Lily Liekweg 1-2 0-0 2, Briana Baker-Bruce 2-6 0-1 4, Kennedy Rieken 2-3 2-2 6, Grace Hovenga 1-2 0-1 2. Totals 24-45 10-14 58.

TURKEY VALLEY (60): Kayla Gebel 1-4 0-1 2, Shelby Reicks 6-12 9-14 21, Elli Winter 4-8 2-3 10, Sadie Nymeyer 5-10 0-0 12, Morgen Kuennen 3-10 7-10 13, Breanna Busta 0-1 0-2 0, Lydia Schuchhardt 0-1 0-0 0, Katlyn Baumler 1-1 0-0 2, Jordan Lukes 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-47 18-30 60.

Halftime: Turkey Valley 29, Janesville 22. 3-point goals: Janesville 0-2 (Baker-Bruce 0-1, Rieken 0-1), Turkey Valley 2-11 (Gebel 0-3, Reicks 0-2, Nymeyer 2-5, Kuennen 0-1). Team fouls: Janesville 24, Turkey Valley 16. Fouled out: Liekweg. Rebounds: Janesville 27 (Hazard 7), Turkey Valley 29 (Gebel 7). Assists: Janesville 10 (Baker-Bruce 5), Turkey Valley 10 (Reicks 8). Steals: Janesville 4 (Hazard 3), Turkey Valley 11 (Winter 4). Turnovers: Janesville 19, Turkey Valley 12.

l Comments: (319) 368-8857; jeff.linder@thegazette.com

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