After losing the season opener to Terre Haute North, coach Sam Karr didn’t know what to expect from his young Turkey Run Warriors going into the championship game of the Banks of the Wabash girls high school basketball tournament.

And when the Warriors failed to score a single point in the second quarter and trailed host Rockville 19-12 at halftime, Karr was even more doubtful.

But the second half, Turkey Run picked up the tempo and turned the tables on the Rox for a 37-28 victory at Rockville High School.

“As young as we are, any win at any time will be good for us. We’ve got a lot of learning to do. If we can play that bad and win, we can make something out of it,” Karr said while receiving congratulations from fans and friends.

Rockville scored all but nine of their game total 28 points in the first half. Rockville’s Kieran McMullen got more open looks at the basket and scored all eight of her points in the first 16 minutes. Chelsie Stout scored all but two of her eight points in the opening half.

“I thing the kids played hard and executed the game plan, especially in the first half,” Rockville coach Jim Foster said. “[Turkey Run] picked up their [defensive] pressure in the second half and when you’re playing from behind you play a little harder.”

Turkey Run, leading 12-9 after one quarter, was 0-for-12 shooting from the floor in the second quarter and committed six turnovers against Rockville’s zone defense.

“[The zone] really caught us off guard. That set the tempo up for the whole first half,” Karr said. “I took every minute of my halftime to address that. I got the point across because the second half we scored a few points.”

After going scoreless themselves for 10 minutes, the Warriors held the Rox without a field goal for 14 minutes and 47 second in the second half. The Warriors pressured the basketball all over the court and a 3-pointer by Chelsea Newnum gave the Warriors a 23-21 lead going into the final period.

Adrianna Francis hit two free throws, Newnum another three and Sarah Patton put back a rebound to give the Warriors a 30-21 lead midway through the final quarter.

With 2:36 to play, Stout brought Rockville’s field goal drought with a two-pointer that sparked the Rox. A bucket by Beth Mahurin cut Turkey Run’s lead to four, 30-26, with 1:20 to play.

But over the final 1:09, Turkey Run’s Chelsea Francis and Doss combined to hit 5-of-6 free throws to ice the victory.

Doss and Adrianna Francis led Turkey Run with 10 points each.

In the third-place game, Riverton Parke held off North Vermillion for a 40-32 win.

Riverton Parke built a 25-11 halftime lead and was up 34-21 heading into the final quarter. North Vermillion rallied to within eight, but never closer.

Chelsy Riggen led Riverton Parke with 17 points and Amy Wheeler had 13. North Vermillion was paced by Hillary Lively with nine points.



Championship game

ROCKVILLE (28) — Camerer 0-0 0-0 0, McMullen 2-12 2-4 8, Burgess 1-1 0-0 2, Flaurr 0-2 0-0 0, Stout 3-7 1-2 8, Mahurin 3-4 0-0 6, Greene 0-6 4-8 4, Harper 0-0 0-0 0, Vukovits 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 9-32 FG, 7-14 FT, 28 TP.

TURKEY RUN (37) — Doss 2-14 4-4 10, C. Francis 2-6 1-2 5, Newnum 2-9 0-0 6, Marshall 1-6 0-0 2, A. Francis 4-8 2-2 10, Patton 2-4 0-4 4, Davies 0-1 0-2 0. Totals 13-48 FG, 7-14 FT, 36 TP.

Rockville 9 10 2 7 — 28

Turkey Run 12 0 11 14 — 37

3-point goals — R 3-11 (McMullen 2-8, Stout 1-3), TR 4-19 (Doss 2-11, Newnum 2-6, C. Francis 0-2) Total fouls — R 12, TR 11 Fouled out — none. Turnovers — R 19, TR 16. Rebounds — R 29 (Harper 6), TR 35 (Patton 7).

Next — Rockville (1-2) will host North Central (0-1) on Monday. Turkey Run (2-1) plays host to Crawfordsville (1-0) on Tuesday.



Consolation game

NORTH VERMILLION (32) — W. Davis 1-9 2-3 4, K. Yoho 0-6 0-0 0, Lively 3-5 3-4 9, Axtell 2-5 1-2 5, Poynter 2-7 0-0 4, Chew 2- 02 4, West 2-12 0-0 6. Totals 12-48 FG, 6-11 FT, 32 TP.

RIVERTON PARKE (40) — Wheeler 5-13 2-2 13, Riggen 6-10 0-0 17, Haltom 1-1 0-0 2, Mathas 1-8 2-5 4, Edington 1-2 0-0 2, Byers 0-1 2-2 2, Gossett 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 14-39 FG, 6-9 FT, 40 TP.

North Vermillion 6 5 10 11 — 32

Riverton Parke 11 14 9 6 — 40

3-point goals — NV 2-10 (West 2-6, Davis 0-4), RP 6-8 (Riggen 5-6, Wheeler 1-2). Total fouls — NV 13, RP 14. Fouled out — none. Turnovers — NV 18, RP 19. Rebounds — NV 34 (Lively 9), RP 30 (Byers 6).

Next — Riverton Parke (1-1) travels to Northview on Tuesday. North Vermillion (0-3) hosts Westville, Ill. on Friday.

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