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.


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.

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