Booker’s speed, shooting too much for Turpin
Tuesday, 23 November 2010 12:27
By SHAWN YORKS
• Daily Leader
TURPIN, Okla. — The young Turpin Lady Cardinals picked one of the toughest teams around to play in the season-opener Monday night. The Booker Lady Kiowas used superior speed and shooting prowess to down the Lady Cardinals 58-18.
“Being the first game out, I know they were all kind of nervous and came out a little shell-shocked,” said Turpin head coach Chad Fox. “A little rattled.”
Booker opened the game with a 14-2 run as Bianca Lopez scored Turpin’s only first quarter basket.
“Obviously we’ve got to learn to control the ball better,” Fox said. “It’s same thing from last year. Our turnovers killed us last year.”
While the Turpin bench is a little deeper than last year’s 3-win team, the girls still have to find that killer instinct and learn how to win. With that in mind, Fox set smaller goals this year — taking it one step at a time.
“I wanted one each one of them to try and get at least two offensive boards,” Fox said. “I felt like we did that a little better. There’s a little bit of a light at the end of the tunnel.
“More than anything we’ve got to figure out how to get that killer instinct and not be intimidated.”
The Lady Cardinals (0-1) found the bottom of the net a little more often in the second period, but Booker found the net more often than not with second and third chances.
“We seemed to have our feet nailed to the floor,” Fox said.
Payton Robinson and Dakota Moon cut it to 16-8 at one point for Turpin before Booker increased its lead to 20-8. Moon and Trista Watson cut it to 22-11 late in the second and Amy Mikles got in on the scoring with a basket in the waning seconds of the first half.
“On that 2-3 defense, if we can get the girls to look into the right spots ...” Fox said. “We shot some good ones on the back side. They were leaving us wide-open on the back side, we just couldn’t get it there.”
Booker opened the second half with a 14-3 run to increase its advantage to 41-16 and the Lady Cardinals scored just five points in the third period.
Booker shut the Lady Cardinals out in the fourth, out-scoring Turpin 12-0 in the final frame.
Mikles was Turpin’s leading scorer with five points, Moon and Lopez added four each, Raegan Alvarez and Payton Robinson scored two each and Trista Watson added a free throw for Turpin.
Watson is just a freshman.
“She was getting to the right spots,” Fox said. “She gets physical and is scrappy and will get low.”
Three Lady Kiowas scored in double figures, including Natalia Hernandez with 16 points.
The Lady Cardinals are off until next Tuesday when they will travel to Keyes (between Boise City and Elkhart). Keyes is one of the three teams Turpin beat last season.
“I don’t think they brought anybody up,” Fox said. “I wouldn’t take anything for granted this season but I think Keyes is a legitimate shot at getting a W.”