Springville repeats as 1A girls' basketball champion

Girls' state basketball: Orioles beat Turkey Valley in title rematch, 45-36

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DES MOINES — So, this is how the Springville Orioles plan to celebrate:

“Some of us will probably be in the gym tomorrow,” Mikayla Nachazel said.

OK, suit yourself. You’ve earned it.

Top-ranked Springville captured its second straight Class 1A girls’ basketball championship Friday night. The Orioles led the whole way, and bested No. 2 Turkey Valley, 45-36, at Wells Fargo Arena.

 

 

Nachazel was the all-tournament captain after scoring 15 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.

The Orioles finished 25-2.

“It’s just a deep feeling of satisfaction,” Coach Nate Sanderson said. “The goal was always to get back to this game. (After Thursday’s semifinal win), there was a lot of relief.”

It was a championship rematch from last year, and the same result, with a little less drama at the end.

Springville took a 31-17 lead into the fourth quarter, but Nachazel picked up her fourth foul with 7:06 to go.

Turkey Valley (23-3) quickly made up a lot of ground, and got within 35-31 on back-to-back 3-pointers by Sadie Nymeyer.

"We were going to ball until the buzzer,” Nymeyer said. “There wasn’t one point in which I was thinking we were done.”

Nachazel returned and hit Rylee Menster on a backdoor cut for a basket, then Menster added two free throws with 1:13 left to make it 39-31.

Turkey Valley got within five twice in the final minute, than no closer.

Menster added 15 points and joined Nachazel on the all-tournament team. So did Turkey Valley’s Shelby Reicks (13 points, six steals), as well as Sophia Peppers of Exira-EHK, Marissa Schroeder of Bellevue Marquette and Addison Hirschman of Kingsley-Pierson.

Springville allowed 27.6 points per game this season. Turkey Valley Co-Coach Carletta Nymeyer called the Orioles’ defense “very intimidating. Very solid, no doubt about it.”

All three of the Orioles’ defensive efforts this week were stellar. They set a tournament record by allowing just 16 points to Burlington Notre Dame, then held Kingsley-Pierson 28 points beneath its average in the semifinals, then stymied Turkey Valley for the first three quarters.

“Winning again, it’s an awesome experience,” Menster said. “I’m kind of speechless, but I knew we’d be able to pull it out again.”

Nachazel had a double-double by halftime, and the Orioles led 17-11.

The Trojans were extremely emotional in the press room afterward.

“It’s been (an) amazing run,” Reicks said. “We had such great support, so many people cheering us on.”

Springville will return its entire starting lineup for 2017-18, and will enter next season as the 1A favorite again.

SPRINGVILLE 45, TURKEY VALLEY 36

1A State Championship, At Des Moines

TURKEY VALLEY (36): Kayla Gebel 0-2 1-2 1, Shelby Reicks 4-12 3-4 13, Elli Winter 2-5 0-2 4, Sadie Nymeyer 5-12 0-0 13, Morgen Kuennen 2-9 1-4 5, Breanna Busta 0-0 0-0 0, Sloan Huinker 0-1 0-0 0, Kassidy Reicks 0-0 0-0 0, Abbey Ott 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-41 5-12 36.

SPRINGVILLE (45): Nichole Kane 1-3 2-2 4, Rylee Menster 4-10 7-11 15, Madi Wagaman 1-3 2-2 4, Alyssa Jaeger 2-4 1-2 5, Mikayla Nachazel 5-12 5-8 15, Melissa Nulle 0-0 0-0 0, Katelyn Gloeckner 0-0 0-0 0, Sami Johnson 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 14-33 17-25 45.

Halftime: Springville 17, Turkey Valley 11, 3-point goals: Turkey Valley 5-13 (Gebel 0-1, S.Reicks 2-3, Nymeyer 3-8, Huinker 0-1), Springville 0-4 (Kane 0-1, Menster 0-2, Nachazel 0-1). Team fouls: Turkey Valley 20, Springville 14. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: Turkey Valley 24 (Kuennen 6), Springville 38 (Nachazel 14). Assists: Turkey Valley 6 (Gebel, S.Reicks 2), Springville 9 (Menster 4). Steals: Turkey Valley 11 (S.Reicks 6), Springville 8 (Nachazel 3). Turnovers: Turkey Valley 12, Springville 15.

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